When you first approach the Museum of Modern Art you will be engulfed by the clean, hard lines of granite and glass. Designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, there’s no question that this unique façade helps to put you in the mood to experience some of the wonders held inside.
While the original design of the MoMA restricted visitors to only entering each exhibit from a single point of entry, today galleries are able to be accessed via any level, thanks to the ancillary stairs and escalators. There are no distinct borders from one gallery to another, allowing you to travel according to your preferences. What’s even more impressive is that the Museum is completely free of support columns, making it easy to achieve an unobstructed view of the art, regardless of where you are in the room.
Ready to learn more? Then you’re in the right place. Here you can get some insider’s info on what to expect during your visit to MoMA.
Making Your Way Into the MoMA
As you begin to move into and through the lobby, you can see the Sculpture Garden as you pass under the atrium, which reaches 110 feet in the air. Thanks to the perforations in the galleries and stairways, you can peer into this amazing space from a wide array of locations. The bridges offer another view of the atrium and provide a subtle gravity to the space.
Exploring the Space
To many, exploring the Museum of Modern Art is similar to a mall-like experience. There are different levels with new and exciting experiences around every corner. This makes it possible to spend hours in the building without ever getting bored or running into the same work of art twice.
The Devil’s in the Details
With multiple floors of arts and exhibits, a smart strategy is to head straight to the top and work your way down. There’s no question that you can spend hours on each floor, which makes the central placement of the café extremely convenient. Regardless of if you start at the ground floor or the top level, you can stop and refuel without having to “lose your spot.”
In addition to all the modern art that is the point of the Museum, you may also stumble upon temporary exhibits, which change regularly. As a result, even if you visit often, you will always find there is something new to see and experience.
What to Expect
Are you ready to immerse yourself in art, culture and an educational environment? If so, then Museum of Modern Art should be a must-visit on your list. Some of the top exhibits to consider visiting while there include:
- Fifth floor: Here you can see amazing works of art, such as “The Bather” by Paul Cezanne in Gallery 1, “The Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh in Gallery 1 and “I and the Village” by Marc Chagall in Gallery 3.
- Fourth floor: On the fourth floor you can see “Campbell’s Soup Cans” by Andy Warhol in Gallery 19 and “Drowning Girl” by Roy Lichtenstein in Gallery 19.