MoMa Hours: Museum Schedule, Best Time to Visit, Etc

The Museum of Modern Art opens at 10.30 am all through the week.

However, its closing time differs – from Sunday to Friday, it closes at 5.30 pm and on Saturday at 7 pm.

The MoMA is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Every Saturday and Sunday morning from 9.30 am to 10.30 am is reserved for the members of MoMA and guests of members.

During this time, members can enjoy priority access to select galleries and exhibitions before the museum opens to the public.

Free admission to MoMA is available for the residents of New York City on the first Friday of every month from 4 pm to 8 pm.

The MoMA hours are as follows:

DaysOpening Time Closing Time
Sunday to Friday 10.30 am 5.30 pm 
Saturday10.30 am 7 pm

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MoMA Store’s Opening Hours

MoMA store’s opening hours
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The opening hours of the stores and the MoMA museum opening hours differ slightly.

The Museum and MoMA Design Stores are open from 9.30 am to 6.30 pm from Sunday to Friday.

The Museum of Modern Art stores are open until 7.30 pm on Saturdays.

On the first Friday of every month, MoMA stores are open till 8.30 pm

MoMA Restaurant Opening Hours

MoMa restaurant opening hours
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The Museum of Modern Art houses a restaurant and two cafes for the visitors to rejuvenate.

The opening hours of MoMA restaurants and cafes are given below.

RestaurantOpening hoursClosing hours
The ModernLunch: 12 pm
Dinner: 6 pm
Lunch: 2 pm
Dinner: 8.30 pm
The Modern BarLunch: 11.30 am
Dinner: 5 pm
Lunch: 2.30 pm
Dinner: 9 pm
Cafe 211 am5 pm
Terrace Cafe11 am 5 pm

Note: The Modern restaurant and bar are closed on Sundays. 

Best Time To Visit MoMA 

Best time to visit MoMA
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The best time to visit the museum is during the initial MoMA museum hours from 10.30 am to 1 pm. 

During these hours there is less crowd and you can enjoy the museum to yourself. 

Another ideal time to visit the museum is during the extended opening hours on Saturday evenings.

Plan your visit after 5 pm and stay until the museum closes.

Weekdays are less crowded than weekends, so visiting on a weekday may help avoid crowds and long lines.

If you are in the city only during the weekends, then visit during the early MoMA NYC hours to avoid crowds.

The best months to visit MoMA to avoid crowds are during the off-peak season or during the museum’s less busy months, such as January, February, or September.

If you’re interested in attending one of MoMA’s special exhibitions, plan your visit during the week rather than on the weekend, as weekend crowds are larger.

It’s always a good idea to check for any special exhibitions or events that may be taking place during your visit and plan accordingly.

How Long Does It Take To Visit MoMA

How long does it take to visit MoMa
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It takes three to four hours to tour MoMA and visit all the permanent collections and main exhibitions. 

If you want to see the special exhibitions, plan to spend an additional hour or more, depending on the exhibition’s size and popularity.

If you like to take your time and explore everything in detail, you may need an entire day to appreciate the museum’s extensive collections fully. 

On the other hand, if you have limited time, you can still get a good overview of the museum in two hours by focusing on the areas that interest you the most or by taking a guided tour of the highlights.

MoMA PS1 Hours

Apart from the Museum of Modern Art, you can also tour the MoMA PS 1 with the same entry ticket.

Sunday and Monday, MoMA PS1 is open from 12 pm to 6 pm.

From Thursday to Saturday, the museum is open from 12 pm to 8 pm.

MoMA PS1 is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

How Long Does It Take To Explore MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 is relatively smaller than the main MoMA museum.

Visitors usually spend 1.5 to two hours here.

Since both museums are located 3 miles (5 km) from each other, you can visit them on the same day.

Best Time To Visit MoMA PS1

The best time to visit MoMA PS1 is 12 pm, which is the museum’s initial opening hours.

During this time, the museum is less crowded and you can enjoy a hassle-free and private experience.

We suggest you visit on Monday, Thursday or Friday instead of the weekend.

Some of the best Museum of Modern Art tickets are given below:

Museum of Modern Art entry ticket: This is the simplest ticket that provides access to all permanent artworks of the Museum.
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Museum of Modern Art guided tour: Enjoy a guided tour with uninterrupted priority access to all parts of the museum with this ticket.
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Museum of Modern Art Combo ticket: With a combination ticket, gain access to MoMA and another NYC attraction.
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New York City Pass: Visitors with a New York City Pass enjoy discounted access to various attractions within the city, including the Museum of Modern Art.
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MoMA Hours FAQs

1. When does MoMA open?

Museum of Modern Art New York opening hours start from 10.30 am daily. 

From Sunday to Friday, the Museum closes at 5.30 pm and on Saturday, it closes at 7 pm.

2. What day is MoMA New York closed?

the Museum of Modern Art of MoMA is open throughout the week

3. When can I get free entry to MoMA?

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York offers free admission during the following times:
– Friday evenings from 4 pm to 8 pm
– Every day for visitors 18 years and younger
– Every day for visitors with disabilities and their caregivers
– Every day for active members of the military with a valid ID

4. What is the best time to visit MoMA?

The best time to visit MoMA is during the museum’s initial opening hours, from 10.30 am to 1 pm.

During this time, there is less crowd and a shorter waiting time.

5. How long does it take to tour MoMa?

A MoMA, New York tour can take two to four hours, depending on your interests and what you wish to see. 

If you wish to explore all the exhibits and visit the restaurants and cafes, the time taken to tour increases.

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