What to See at the MoMA if you only have TWO HOURS: Must See Paintings at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York

October 27, 2012

What to See at the MoMA if you only have TWO HOURS: 
Must-See Paintings at the Museum of Modern Art  (MoMA) New York 

My tip on MoMA entrance fees:
Be sure to check out the following links to see if you qualify for free entrance or discounts:  Free Admission at the MoMA and Corporate Membership benefits at the MoMA. In my case, I paid only $10 entrance free for all 6 of us to be admitted to the MoMA. This is broken down as follows:
My husband = FREE (his employer is a corporate member of MoMA so employees are free upon presentation of corporate ID)
Myself =  $5 (my husband is entitled to bring 5 guests at $5 each as part of his corporate membership benefits)
My 18 year old daughter =  $5 ( same reason as myself)
My three kids 16 years old and below = FREE  (MoMA admission ticket rules) 
Tickets for the discounts mentioned above can only be claimed at the counter. You don't really need to purchase online because lines are not long at the ticket counter. The advantages of purchasing tickets at the ticket counter are as follows:

1. You can claim discounts if you qualify for discounts not reflected in the online purchase form.

2. You are not limited by the date on the ticket purchased online. You can just drop by the MoMA when convenient with your schedule and get your ticket. 

My tip on the MoMA highlights handbook:
If you only have 2 hours, you don't need to purchase the MoMA highlights handbook worth $20. You don't have time to see everything shown in the MoMA highlights handbook. The best thing to do is choose the most important paintings of the museum and spend time viewing it. If you need information while viewing the painting, bring a wifi enabled device and log on to the free wifi of the museum and browse the information on your device.

What to See at the MoMA if you only have TWO HOURS
My kids love paintings so it's not really a problem bringing them to a museum that features a lot of paintings. But if you have limited time, these four paintings are the ones you shouldn't miss. It's so famous that my kids are even familiar with it or at least have encountered it in one of their classes in school.
These paintings are all located on the 5th floor of the MoMa.



We almost missed seeing this painting because it's so small.
It's almost as big as a long bond paper at 9.5in x 13in.
Make sure to ask the guard or any museum personnnel where it is.
One clue may be that a lot of people than usual gather around this painting.
Note: As of this writing, the Persistence of Memory is not currently on view. It will return September 2013. 


Location of the MoMa

11 West 53rd Street  New York, NY 10019, United States

(212) 708-9400

Hours and Admissions

CLOSED: Tuesdays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Open  Sat-Mon, Wed-Thurs (10:30 AM to 5:30 PM); Fri (10:30 AM to 8:00 PM)