Free Day at MOMA – Museum of Modern Art

New York City is home to many great museums and the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) is one of the best.  The museum is one of the premiere museums for modern art that counts amongst its collection works from Van Gogh, Picasso, Matisse, Pollack, and Warhol, just to name a few.  It’s totally worth the $25 adult ticket (so sad I no longer have my student ID), but if you’re on a budget you can still catch a glimpse of these masterpieces on MOMA free nights which take place every Friday from 4-8pm.

moma, lobby, nyc

I toyed with the idea of whether or not I wanted to submit myself to what would surely be a madhouse, wondering if I’d still be able to enjoy the museum. Finally, I decided I might as well check out the free night at MOMA, figuring if it was really that bad, I could always come back to the museum another day and pay the full admission price.

super mario, projection, MOMA

Ever wanted to be inside a Super Mario video game… this was a good approximation.

For many people, four hours at a museum is plenty of time, but I was skeptical about my own ability to make it through. I arrived at the museum around 3:40 and managed to find my way to the super long line that appears on free nights.  It starts at the at the outside the museum doors and wraps around the building.  Thankfully, the line moves quickly and even though there were tons of people ahead of me, I actually made it into the building almost exactly at 4pm.

Andy Warhol, Marilyn Monroe, MOMA

Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe posters

starry night, van gogh, moma

Turns out some famous paintings were hanging around. ‘Starry Night’ anyone?

salvador dali, the persistence of memory, moma

‘Persistence of Memory’ – Salvador Dalí

MOMA free nights are obviously very popular so yes, it was obscenely crowded in most of the exhibits for most of the time.  BUT if you zone out and just try to key in on what you’re looking at you can kind of ignore the fact that there are literally hundreds of people swarming around the museum.

stairway to heaven, yoko ono, momasociety, moma And I did actually make it through all the six floors of exhibits and the outdoor sculpture garden. Admittedly, I didn’t look at a lot of things as carefully as I would have liked to but so it goes.  There were several exhibits which I enjoyed immensely, including the room where you walked through a Mario video game projections, all the photography (especially Grete Stern’s Sueños series), and all those super classic, famous artworks by Van Gogh, Dalí, Monet, and Warhol everyone knows about.

sculpture garden, moma

 Visiting MOMA is definitely worth it… if crowds aren’t a bother, it may as well be on their free nights. I might opt for paying next time though.

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