Museums: The multi-level spot in Midtown East displays cutting edge contemporary works as well as pieces by modern masters Edward Hopper, Le Corbusier and Rene Magritte. Crowds can be intense, particularly for big-name installations and traveling exhibitions. Our strategy is to take the elevator to the top floor upon entering, and then work your way down, missing the masses who start on the ground floor. MoMA also has a Michelin-starred restaurant by New York City star chef Danny Meyer. Appropriately named The Modern, Meyer's award-winning eatery is largely credited with reinventing underwhelming museum fare. 11 West 53rd Street, New York, NY. 212-708-9400
Best Attractions & Activities: 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.
Art Museums: Located in the heart of downtown New York City, MoMA houses many works representing a variety of media and genres. The museum opened in 1929 and has weathered numerous changes throughout its history, including major renovations completed in 2004. Museum exhibits include works by Matisse, Picasso and Van Gogh, to name just a few. There is no parking on-site, but the nearby 1345 Garage offers special rates for MoMA visitors: up to 2 hours $17, up to 4 hours $21, up to 10 hours $27, up to 24 hours $37.
Local Expert Emily Saladino Says:
Museums: "Admission is free every Friday between 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dodge the inevitable crowds by arriving as close to 4:00 p.m. as possible."
Best for Museums Because: Designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, MoMA, as it's known locally, is a global powerhouse with enormous international influence.
Local Expert Anjali Mansukhani Says:
Best Attractions & Activities: "Admission is free for all visitors during Target Free Friday Nights, (every Friday evening, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.) but it is a mob scene. Given the importance of this museum and the collection, museum aficionados should buy the expensive ticket and enjoy a leisurely visit during the week. Also, eat at the Modern -- an Alsatian-inspired restaurant offering a delectable fare inside the museum."