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Founded in 1929, the MoMA was the first museum devoted to the modern era. Located in the heart of Midtown, it houses about 150,000 art objects including innovative European art of the 1880s. Showcasing masters like Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh, the collection contains unparalleled holdings in every ensuing period of visual culture up to the present day, including such distinctly modern forms as film and industrial design in addition to more traditional mediums. Closed on Tuesday.
Best for Museums Because: Designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, MoMA, as it's known locally, is a global powerhouse with enormous international influence.