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MoMa Hours – Museum Schedule, Best Time to Visit and More

The Museum of Modern Arts is generally open from 10.30 am to 5.30  pm. 

On Saturdays, MoMA museum hours extend until 7 pm. 

Most galleries close 15 minutes before the museum closes. 

The museum is only closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

The MoMA NYC hours for early access to museum members and their guests are from 9.30 am to 10.30 am on the weekends. 

New York City residents get an advantage of free admission on the first Fridays of every month from 4 pm to 8 pm.

MoMA New York Opening Hours – At a Glance

Here’s a snapshot of the New York MoMA hours:

DaysTimings
Sunday to Friday10.30 am to 5.30 pm
Saturday10.30 am to 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday (for Members only)9.30 am to 10.30 am
First Friday of every month (Free entry)4 pm to 8 pm

MoMA Store Hours

The Flagship Museum Store is open daily from 10.30 to 6.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

On weekends, it opens at 9.30 am and closes at 7.30 pm on Saturday and 6.30 pm on Sunday.

The Destination MoMA Design Store opening hours are 9.30 to 6.30 pm from Sunday to Friday and extend for an hour on Saturday till 7.30 pm.

Both the stores remain open until 8.30 pm on the first Friday of every month.

The MoMA Design Store, Soho, remains open from 10 am to 7 pm the whole week, except for Sundays when it opens at 11 am.

MoMA Restaurant Hours

There are various restaurants and cafes inside the Museum of Modern Arts where you can relax after the tour. 

However, the timings of the restaurants vary from the regular MoMA hours. 

Here are the MoMA opening hours for all the restaurants inside the museum: 

Restaurant/ CafeDaysTimings
The Modern Bar RoomMonday to SundayMonday to SaturdayMonday to SaturdayLunch: 11.30 am to 3 pmSnacks: 2.30 pm to 5 pmDinner: 5 pm to 9.30 pm
The ModernMonday to SundayMonday to SaturdayLunch: 11.30 am to 2 pmDinner: 5 pm to 9 pm
Cafe 2Monday to Sunday11 am to 5 pm
Terrace CafeMonday to Sunday11 am to 5 pm
Espresso BarSunday to FridaySaturdayFirst Friday of each month10.30 am to 5 pm10.30 am to 6.30 pm10.30 am to 7 pm

How Long Does it Take to Visit MoMA? 

Most visitors spend three to four hours touring the Museum of Modern Art. 

It gives you enough time to explore all the galleries leisurely and read through the information to learn more about what you see.

However, if you are short on time, you can see the highlights of MoMA in one to two hours. 

You can either do a quick self-tour or take a highlights guided tour for a more comprehensive visit. 

Art enthusiasts who want to delve deeply into the collections, engage with multimedia guides, or attend special exhibitions should be allowed four to six hours. 

If you are visiting during the peak tourist time, i.e., summer months, it takes 30 to 45 minutes to get through the queues and enter the museum during MoMA New York hours. 

Visitors with fast-track entry tickets can eliminate this waiting time and enjoy priority access to MoMA. 

Guests visiting with kids or senior citizens should also plan an extra hour as they tend to linger around their favorite exhibits or lounges before they continue. 

Best Time to Visit MoMA

The best time to visit MoMa is at 10.30 am when the museum opens for visitors. 

There is less crowding during this time, and you can enjoy all the artwork without any disturbance. 

Another ideal time to visit the museum for less crowd is 3.30 pm, two hours before MoMA’s closing time. 

However, you might not get enough time to visit all the galleries. 

An afternoon visit is perfect for guests who are low on time and wish to see only the museum’s highlights. 

We recommend you visit MoMa during weekdays rather than weekends to avoid many visitors. 

If you plan to visit on weekends, take advantage of the extended Saturday opening hours. 

5.30 pm to 7 pm on Saturdays is also one of the best times to visit the museum for a unique night tour experience. 

During this time, you can participate in special events and enjoy exhibitions. 

The Museum of Modern Arts welcomes maximum visitors during the summer break and winter holidays. 

Avoid these months to escape long waiting hours and queues. 

However, there are unique events and exhibitions scheduled during these times. 

If you do not mind the crowds and wish to participate in events, the summer months from May to September are the best times to visit MoMA. 

MoMA PS1 Hours

MoMA PS1 Hours
Image: Momaps1.org

The MoMA PS1 is generally open from 12 pm to 6 pm. 

The opening hours are extended until 8 pm on Saturdays. 

The MoMA PS1 is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 

The Art Bookstore in the museum also follows the museum timings. 

Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day are holidays in this center.

How long it takes to visit MoMA PS1

MoMA PS1 is comparatively smaller in area than MoMA and takes about one to two hours to visit.

Since it is located about 3.3 miles (5 km) apart from MoMA, one can visit the MoMA PS1 on the same day with the same ticket.

Best Time to Visit MoMA PS 1 

Visit MoMA PS1 during weekday opening hours to get a crowd-free and peaceful journey through the art exhibits.

Avoid weekends, as they can get crowded, and plan your trip accordingly.

FAQs About MoMA Hours

1. What are the timings of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City?

The MoMA’s opening hours are from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm on Sunday to Friday and close at 7 pm on Saturday.

The galleries showcasing the collections and exhibitions close about fifteen minutes before the museum closes.

2. Are there any special timings for visitors at the MoMA?

The MoMA member hours for early access every weekend is from 9.30 am to 10.30 am.

For New York residents, every first Friday of the month, they have free visiting times from 4 pm to 8 pm.

3. When is MoMA closed?

Thanksgiving and Christmas are the days when the MoMA remains closed to visitors.

4. What are the MoMA PS1 hours?

MoMA PS1 opens at 12 pm and closes at 6 pm on Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday.

It closes at 8 pm on Saturday, with holidays on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

5. What are the best times to go to MoMA?

We suggest you visit MoMA in the morning when the museum opens on weekdays or a few hours before closing time.

Winter months and summer breaks (May to September) see many crowds and special events. Other times of the year have fewer crowds.

6. How many hours in MoMA?

If you have enough time to visit MoMA, completing all the section visits takes about three to four hours.

However, an hour or two is suitable for the tour if you are short on time and want to focus only on the key highlights.

7. What is the busiest day at MoMA?

Saturdays are usually the busiest day at MoMA because of the museum’s later closing hour of 7 pm, which gives visitors more time to explore.

In addition, it sees increased visitors on the first Friday of every month since residents of New York City get free entry from 4 pm to 8 pm.

The museum organizes many special events and exhibitions on weekends, attracting many visitors.

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