Visitor Code of Conduct

The Museum of Modern Art connects people from around the world to the art of our time. We aspire to be a catalyst for experimentation, learning, and creativity, a gathering place for all, and a home for artists and their ideas.

We are committed to working together to create a safe experience for our team and visitors, and our professionally trained frontline staff are here to help you. We have a zero-tolerance policy for individuals who endanger staff, visitors, artwork, or any Museum property, or who engage in verbal or physical harassment, discriminatory or threatening behavior, or otherwise interfere with the experience of others.

The Museum will refuse or revoke admission to individuals who violate these policies. For everyone’s safety, please follow the instructions of security officers.

The Museum prohibits the following:

  • Leafleting, signature gathering, picketing, charitable solicitations and press conferences by visitors.
  • The unauthorized playing of music and video, unauthorized projection of images, unauthorized theater performances, and sound amplification and noisemakers (except for assistive-listening devices).
  • Solicitation of business and unauthorized for-profit activity.
  • Resale, exchange, or transfer of Museum tickets or Membership benefits.
  • Running, rough play, and disruptive behavior.
  • Conduct that poses any risk to other visitors or to the Museum’s staff or collections.
  • Smoking, including electronic cigarettes, is prohibited anywhere on Museum property, including the outdoor sculpture garden.

Children twelve (12) and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Please do not touch the artwork, frames, platforms, labels, display cases, or anything that is used to project the art. If a work is intended to be interactive, there will be signage inviting you to do so.

Be respectful and mindful of those around you: keep voices to a minimum, and set cellphones to vibrate or silent.

The Museum uses video monitoring for the safety of the art and the public. Please note that visitors may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By visiting, visitors grant the Museum permission to use the photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which visitors appear for any Museum purposes.

Bags, Security, and Prohibited Items

All bags will be inspected upon arrival.

The Museum reserves right to prohibit any items and to require visitors to check any bags or items.

Certain items are not allowed anywhere inside the Museum and may not be left in the coat checkroom:

  • Recreational scooters
  • Skate boards
  • Luggage, including rolling luggage
  • Plants or flower arrangements
  • Balloons
  • Any and all items over 11" x 17" x 5"
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Banners, signs and flags
  • Please see a full list of Prohibited Items

Large umbrellas may not be brought into the Museum but may be left in our umbrella rack. The Museum is not responsible for umbrellas left in the rack.

Pets are not permitted. Service animals are welcome, but must be leashed and attended at all times.

Coat Checkroom

All articles must be claimed before the Museum closes. The Museum is not responsible for any items that are left overnight. The Museum’s total liability for items left in the coat checkroom is half of the purchase price of the item up to a maximum of $150.

Prohibited Items

The Museum reserves the right to refuse entry to any visitor with any of the following prohibited items:

  • Any large objects greater than 11" x 17" x 5"
  • Luggage of any size and type (including any bags or luggage with wheels)
  • Large umbrellas
  • Outside food or drinks
  • Selfie sticks, tripods, monopods and any professional video equipment
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Firearms of any type and/or ammunition
  • Hazardous materials, including pepper spray, mace and other chemical compounds or biological agents that could be considered toxic
  • Flammable liquids
  • Aerosols
  • Drones, unmanned aerial devices, survey balloons, photography mini-copters, and any flying device with an on/off switch
  • Flammable liquids, aerosols, fuels, fireworks, toxic chemicals and explosives
  • Portable speakers or other devices that may be used to amplify sound
  • Airhorns
  • Banners, signs and flags
  • Signs
  • Confetti
  • Balloons
  • Glass containers
  • Sporting goods, and recreational equipment such as recreational scooters and skate boards
  • Shoes with wheels, roller skates/blades or any other wheeled item
  • Marking materials, paint, adhesives, epoxies, or glues
  • Plants and flower arrangements
  • Costumes, including masks that cover the full face
  • Cutting tools, including knives, scissors and blades
  • Tools and tool parts, and any “dual-use” items that could be considered dangerous to people or art including hammers, saws, sharp objects, umbrellas, poles, and sticks
  • Alcoholic beverages or illegal substances
  • Any illegal items
  • Wagons and scooters, including e-scooters and hoverboards
  • Musical instruments
  • Pets (service animals are welcome but must be leashed and attended at all times)
  • Any other items that could put the art or visitors at risk, to be determined at the sole discretion of MoMA Security Team