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This incredible museum with its collection of 200,000 works is a must for lovers of modern and contemporary art.

At the beginning of 2005, the MoMA returned to its walls, a house that had been extensively revisited and modernized for three years by Yoshio Taniguchi. It was above all the end of a long wait that had seen the extraordinary collection of MoMA divided into a MoMA Qns (temporary annex in Queens), a MoMa Berlin and well-kept safes. The three rings are brought together and the memory of the 20th century art of the MoMA collection can once again be delivered to a crowd eager for its evocative power. Because it is the first museum of modern art in the world! The only one able to exhibit all of its collections (150,000 works) or to offer an exhaustive exhibition of Picasso's or Matisse's works. Able to present original and strong exhibitions on political art or to organize a 150-year retrospective of photography. In short, one of the first museums to take modern art and related arts such as photography, industrial design and film seriously. Built on a piece of land that belongs to the Rockefellers, MoMA is run by the Rockefellers and the richest families in New York. The museum has imposed certain private collections for the economic benefit of their owners. He also fired Luis Buñuel from the film department for political reasons. In a constantly lively street, a crowd of all ages rushes in front of the facade with its large glass panels. The museum, which receives nearly 3 million visitors each year, has just undergone a major renovation in order to save space: it has invested part of the neighbouring buildings, including 53W53, a new skyscraper designed by Jean Nouvel, of which it now occupies the ground floor. The other new section, built on the ruins of the building that housed the American Folk Art Museum, is dedicated to temporary exhibitions. Almost the entire 53rd Street block now belongs to MoMA. You feel more comfortable, less rushed, you can even get lost. The collections have not changed, their configuration has simply been redesigned. The chronological (and therefore logical) path that used to exist does not exist at plus  ; from now on, works by renowned artists are mixed with more contemporary pieces. It is a strange mixture, which questions, and that is the whole idea of this change. Here are some works not to be missed during your visit: Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night, Pablo Picasso's Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, Andy Warhol's Gold Marylin Monroe, Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans, Jasper Johns' Flag, Paul Gauguin's La Graine d'Areoi, Claude Monet's Les Nymphéas, Henri Matisse's La Danse, Paul Cézanne's Le Baigneur, Piet Mondrian' Broadway Boogie Woogie, Monument to Balzac by Auguste Rodin, Bicycle wheel by Marcel Duchamp, The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dalí, Autoretrado con pelo cortado by Frida Kahlo, Painting 1946 by Francis Bacon, Shimmering Substance by Jackson Pollock, Vir Heroicus Sublimis by Barnett Newman, Drowning Girl by Roy Lichtenstein. As for painting, we find everything from postimpressionists to cubists, from dadaists to surrealists, Picasso, Kandinsky, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Ensor, Redon, Klee, Mondrian, German expressionists, futurists, Dali, De Chirico, Balthus... American and Anglo-Saxon artists are not to be forgotten: Pollock, Gorky, Rothko, Bacon, de Kooning, Frank Stella. Pop art too: Jasper Johns, Rauschenberg, Oldenburg.

The interior garden houses sculptures (Rodin, Matisse, Barnett Newman). The collection dedicated to drawings and photography is exceptional, with a selection of photographs by the great American and European masters. Let us not forget either the original drawings by architects (Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier). For once, the museum shop deserves a visit, with its surprisingly designed everyday objects. As the repository of the world's largest collection of modern painting, MoMA holds 10,000 films in its archives. The acquisition of this huge Celluloid collection began in 1935, with the sending of a museum emissary to the Hollywood moguls. Thanks to Harry Warner, Samuel Goldwyn, Harry Cohn, Walt Disney, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, Mack Sennett, then D. W. Griffith and Charlie Chaplin, MoMA has built up a remarkable archive collection, the preservation of which is one of the main tasks of its film department. The museum has two underground cinemas (460 seats and 217 seats) that act as New York's de facto film library and present the films on an alternating and permanent basis, with festivals and retrospectives dedicated to major American and foreign directors. The museum ticket gives you the right to watch the films of the day. Unlike some contemporary art museums in France, the works on display are for the most part very accessible to the general public. Temporary exhibitions are more for connoisseurs. Faced with some of these most incongruous works, you may remain perplexed for a few minutes. Go to MoMA with an open mind, be ready to be confused and questioned. Admission is not free, but every Friday evening, MoMA is free from 5:30 pm to 7 pm.

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Open every day from 10h30 to 17h30 (20h on Friday). Fee (galleries and screening rooms): 25 US$ per adult.

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39 reviews
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clémentrunner
5/5
Visited in october 2019
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Un must
Si on aime l'art moderne, c'est un incontournable. Certainement le musée le plus prestigieux au monde relativement à cet art. Ou du moins, un de ceux qui accueille les plus belles pièces du monde.
Il peut y avoir beaucoup de monde en revanche, et de l'attente avant de pouvoir y accéder. Il est un peu cher également.
Mais cela en vaut la peine.
sel75011
5/5
Visited in september 2018
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Au sommet de l'art moderne
Si vous êtes plutôt art moderne que classique, allez au MoMA. On y passe aisément plusieurs heures et on aimerait y rester plus s'il n'y avait pas tant de choses à découvrir dans cette ville. Les oeuvres sont variées et les explications claires.
fute_955539
5/5
Visited in march 2019
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Un chef d'oeuvre
Ce musée composé de 5 étages vous fait voyager à travers différentes époques. Un mélanges d'art qui permet de voir des oeuvres mythique de Van Gogh, Monnet, Manet ou même Dali. Un passage obligé pour les amoureux d'Art.
remilap
4/5
Visited in december 2018
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Immense musée, à voir en plusieurs fois
Ce musée est d'un telle richesse, d'une telle diversité, que pour en profiter pleinement, il faut y revenir plusieurs fois
elodie95
3/5
Visited in august 2018
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ce musée est loin d'être mon préféré même si j'aime beaucoup les impressionnistes. il est gratuit le vendredi soir...mais beaucoup trop de monde en août...bref, à choisir, le MET est 10 fois mieux...
1520
5/5
Visited in may 2018
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Beau musée, une partie sur l'art moderne et l'autre sur des oeuvres plus classiques (qui me parle beaucoup plus) avec VAN GOGH, MONET, PICASSO...
Pour moi,un des incontournables de NEW YORK.
A noter gratuit le vendredi à partir de 16h.
mdasun
3/5
Visited in may 2018
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Normalement ce devait être un point fort de mon voyage à New York mais j'ai été un peu déçu par rapport à mes souvenirs de new york de 2004. Il y a beaucoup moins de tableaux. En mai dernier je n'ai trouvé que 2 tableaux de Andy Warhol !
Mais le musée vaut quand même le coup par ses incontournables classiques (Van Gogh, Monet,...)
cazoocazoocazoo
5/5
Visited in april 2018
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Les œuvres sont très belles et bien exposées, mais malheureusement nous avons fait le choix de nous y rendre aux nocturnes gratuites du vendredi. Certes c'est un bon plan mais à condition de ne pas être agoraphobe.
Yoan1988
4/5
Visited in september 2017
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Un des plus beau musee d'art moderne au monde. Tres grande collection avec des artiste du monde entier. A voir si vous aimez ce style de peinture
Amélievoyage
2/5
Visited in november 2017
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Nous sommes aller visiter ce musée un vendredi du coup nous n'avons pas payer l'entrée car le vendredi après 16h c'est gratuit.
Et je suis vraiment contente de ne pas avoir payer car le musée ne ma pas vraiment emballer.
Il y a beaucoup d'expo que je n'ai pas compris, je pense qu'il faut vraiment être un fan d'art pour apprécier.
fute_92396
3/5
Visited in october 2016
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Chouette bâtiment.belles expo temporaires.sinon moyen
Laeti11
5/5
Visited in august 2017
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Musée très intéressant . À faire le vendredi à partir de 16h car l entrée est gratuite
seb9287
3/5
Visited in june 2017
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Déçu par la visite. Certes, j'ai apprécié de voir de mes yeux une à deux œuvres majeures des principaux artistes d'art moderne américains et européens mais je m'attendais à beaucoup mieux. L'ensemble paraît au final assez pauvre et manquant de liant par rapport au MET comme musée à New-York ou au centre Pompidou qui reste la référence pour moi dans la même catégorie. La visite est donc très rapide. Affluence raisonnable un dimanche matin de juin.
sciatique71
3/5
Visited in august 2017
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Très bel ensemble où l'on peut admirer quelques très beaux tableaux impressionnistes (la nuit étoilée de Van Gogh notamment). Même si l'entrée est gratuite le vendredi à partir de 16h, et que l'attente n'est pas si importante, je déconseille de venir à ce moment car au vue du monde, cela dégoutte un peu de la culture... Beaucoup trop d emonde !
D56C
3/5
Visited in may 2017
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Ce musee fait parti de l'offre "city pass" ou gratuit le vendredi à partir de 16 heures. De l'art moderne ...

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