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Museum of Modern Art

Besides the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, The Museum of Modern Art is a must-see New York phenomenon. Praised for its most spectacular collections of modern art, the Museum, also known as MoMA, is visited by thousands of locals and tourists all around the year.

In the late 1920s, three patrons of art, Miss Lillie P. Bliss, Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., decided to establish an institution dedicated to teaching people about modern art. In 1929, The Museum of Modern Art was established. Founding Director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., intended that the Museum help people learn about visual arts. The public was excited and after moving to larger facilities three times in ten years, the Museum moved to the space it occupies today in 1939. During the next decades, it kept growing and expanding to include multiple departments like painting and sculpture, architecture and design, photography, drawings, film and video, and prints and illustrated books. In 1984, the Museum of Modern Art went through a huge renovation. Its gallery size doubled.

Its history is one of significant growth. It started out with a gift of one drawing and eight prints and today is contains one of the richest collections of modern art in the world. The present collection consists of over 150,000 sculptures, drawings, models, prints, paintings, photographs, and design objects, as well as around four million film stills and over 20,000 films. Further, MoMA’s Library and Archives contains over 300,000 books and periodicals, as well as files of over 70,000 artists.

Besides this, the Museum of Modern Art presents a schedule of new exhibitions. These reflect a variety of mediums, subjects, periods, and more. It also displays works of art from its own collection. These are displayed in rotating installations so that there would be something new on display for the public to see. The film program also covers a broad range of subjects and styles. You can find historic surveys, as well as work from experimental filmmakers. A visit to the MoMA bookstore and design store will fascinate all visitors.

The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to teaching the public about art. It offers activities and programs for all kinds of people. Gallery talks, symposia and lectures are regularly offered, as are activities that are designed specifically for teachers, parents, students, and people with special needs. Further, a wide range of research material, as well as a study center, is available to researchers, students, and scholars. Further, MoMA has an active and impressive publishing department.

In the recent years, The Museum of Modern Art has undergone a huge change. The space dedicated to exhibitions and programs is now doubled because of this. The Peggy and David Rockefeller Building contains the main exhibition galleries. The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building houses classrooms, workshops, auditoriums, as well as the Library and Archives.

This New York landmark is well worth a visit especially for art lovers. It does not leave visitors disappointed. For more information call 212.708.9400 or email info@moma.org. Further, check out their website at www.moma.org.