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Museum of Modern Art

11 West 53rd St.
New York, NY 10019
Phone: 212-708-9400
Employees: 500+
Director: Glenn Lowry

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Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.

Featuring extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, the museum hosts over 2.8 million visitors per year and is located six blocks south of Central Park.

The Museum of Modern Art prices are $25 for adults, $18 for senior citizens 65 and older, and $14 for students, with children 16 and under remaining free.

Hours the museum are typically open are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. except Friday when the museum closes at 8 p.m. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

MoMA PS1 in Long Island City hosts a number of collections in its 125,000 square foot space.

MoMA reported revenues of $166.6 million in fiscal 2013 with a profit of $4.1 million. Total Net assets were $1.09 billion. The museum is private and non-profit and relies on donations and visitor revenue.


In the late 1920s, three progressive and influential patrons of the arts, Miss Lillie P. Bliss, Mrs. Cornelius J. Sullivan, and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., perceived a need to challenge the conservative policies of traditional museums and to establish an institution devoted exclusively to modern art. When The Museum of Modern Art was founded in 1929, its founding Director, Alfred H. Barr, Jr., intended the Museum to be dedicated to helping people understand and enjoy the visual arts of our time, and that it might provide New York with "the greatest museum of modern art in the world."

The public's response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic, and over the course of the next ten years, the Museum moved three times into progressively larger temporary quarters, and in 1939 finally opened the doors of the building it still occupies in midtown Manhattan. Upon his appointment as the first Director, Barr submitted a plan for the conception and organization of the Museum that would result in the Museum's multi-departmental structure with departments devoted for the first time to Architecture and Design, Film and Video, and Photography, in addition to Painting and Sculpture, Drawings, and Prints and Illustrated Books. Subsequent expansions took place during the 1950s and 1960s planned by the architect Philip Johnson, who also designed The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Garden. In 1984, a major renovation designed by Cesar Pelli doubled the Museum's gallery space and enhanced visitor facilities.

The rich and varied collection of The Museum of Modern Art constitutes one of the most comprehensive and panoramic views into modern art. From an initial gift of eight prints and one drawing, The Museum of Modern Art's collection has grown to include over 150,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, architectural models and drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns approximately 22,000 films and four million film stills, and MoMA's Library and Archives, the premier research facilities of their kind in the world, hold over 300,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, and extensive individual files on more than 70,000 artists. The Museum Archives contains primary source material related to the history of MoMA and modern and contemporary art.

Updated September 6, 2014

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