Policies and tips for visiting the Museum


All bags are subject to security inspection before entering the Museum. All large backpacks must be checked. The Museum requires visitors to check all items that are larger than 11 x 15 x 5 inches (28 x 38 x 13 cm) and can check items as large as 14 x 22 x 9 inches (36 x 56 x 23 cm). To avoid a long wait in the checkroom line, visitors should not bring such items. Any item that is larger than 14 x 22 x 9 inches (36 x 56 x 23 cm) will not be allowed in the checkroom and cannot be brought into the galleries.

The Museum reserves the right to refuse other items and is not responsible for items held by the checkroom.

Wait Times

The line to purchase general admission tickets is usually longest when MoMA opens, so consider arriving after 11:30 a.m. On Friday afternoons, the line for UNIQLO Free Friday Night tickets can also be long, so consider arriving after 6:00 p.m. and keep in mind that the Museum closes at 8:00 p.m. on Friday nights.

Mobility Access

All galleries and facilities are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available in the checkroom free of charge.


Sketching is permitted in the galleries (pencil only, no ink or paint) with sketchbooks no larger than 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm). No easels, stools, or sketching while sitting on the floor is permitted. If galleries are crowded, guards may ask visitors to stop sketching or writing.


Baby strollers are permitted at all times, but are not permitted on escalators.

Sculpture Garden

The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden closes during inclement weather.

No flash photography iconCameras

Still photography for personal use is permitted in collection galleries only. No flash, tripods, or camera extension poles allowed. Videotaping for personal use is permitted in the lobby only. The Museum reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph or videotape anywhere on its premises. No photographs or videotapes may be reproduced, distributed, or sold without permission from the Museum.

No cellphones iconCellular Phones

Talking on cellular phones is not permitted in the Museum's galleries or theaters.

No outside food and drink iconsFood and Drinks

Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the Museum, including The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden and the Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. Food and drinks are permitted only in the cafés and may not be carried into the galleries or other areas.

No smoking iconsNo Smoking

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the Museum.