Museum of Modern Art in New York City closing for major expansion

Featured image: The new exterior view of The Museum of Modern Art at 11 West 53rd Street in New York City (© 2017 Diller Scofidio + Renfro)

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City is closing for four months as it starts the final stage of a $400 million remodeling project. When the dust settles, the museum will have rehung its entire collection and created a different way to tell the story of modern and contemporary art.

The traditional discipline-based displays will disappear, replaced by mixed media. Paintings, sculptures, photography, film, design, and other works of art will be shown in the same exhibits. Selected pieces of art will be rotated every six to nine months. The new rotation process will result in 30 percent of the galleries changing in one year and the entire gallery space being re-choreographed by 2022, according to a recent report in the New York Times.

Hours will change, too. The museum will open earlier, at 10 a.m. On the first Thursday of each month, MoMA will extend its hours until 9 p.m.

Members can enter a half hour before the museum opens to the public, and they’ll have a new dedicated entrance with a coat check.

MoMA closes Saturday, June 15, and reopens Monday, October 21.

During the final phase of the project, tourists and locals can still visit MoMA PS1 at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. Hours are noon-6 p.m. daily, except Tuesday and Wednesday, when MoMA PS1 is closed.

Read more about MoMA’s transformation.

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