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A fantastic tour and well worth the cost to see some of the most popular paintings up close and with plenty of time for photo's without feeling rushed. Later in the morning there were queues 8 deep trying to see the same paintings. I would definitely do this again when visiting a major Art Gallery or Museum.
Great - Jackie was informative and fun - stops for food great....well paced. Was a chilly day so good to keep moving and we covered a lot of ground! Thanks again....
Terry was our guide on our Oct. 29 tour. He was excellent! The opportunity to be in a small group of international travelers and be so up-close with the works of art was fantastic. A great experience - do it!
Highly recommended for a start to a day at MoMA, followed by various free pop-up docent tours throughout the museum. The early start before the crowds is great!
Really enjoyed the private tour, the guide was very informative and an excellent orator. I recommend for this tour for both art novice or art connaisseur!
This was one of the best experiences we had in New York. Such a simple, enjoyable way to get a handle on what MOMA is all about. Our guide Petra was incredibly knowledgable but her delivery was easy to understand and interesting. I would definitely sign up a second time, even to see the same incredible art.
The tour was great! To be able to have this tour prior to the museum opening allows you to learn about the most famous paintings before the crowds enter. Our guide was very thorough.
It was a blessing to be able to see the art without any obstacles. The tour is VERY fast though. The guide is knowledgeable but they move you through quickly.
Truly an excellent value. Our guide Midori was great and stayed an extra 30min with the group to finish answering questions. The tour was only 5 people and we had the entire museum to ourselves before it opened to the public. I cannot recommend this tour highly enough and would absolutely do it again - thank you! Brian
What a special day! The MoMA is such an iconic museum and home to some of the world’s best works of art. Being escorted around the empty MoMA with a very knowledgeable guide was truly an exceptional experience. The guide focused on a number of different paintings giving history and perspective without trying to rush us throughout the entire museum. It was nice to be able to actually digest the paintings and view them without being surrounded by a crowd. To stand right in front of Starry Night and actually be able to see it (normally there is a big group of people all trying to get a photo) was really special. After we were allowed to roam around as long as we liked.
Just as a good frame enhances a good painting, this tour perfectly frames the MoMa experience. It is so helpful to have a guide who can provide just the right bits of knowledge as you discover and rediscover art pieces throughout the museum. Walking from room to room early morning, it was pleasant and intimate. No crowds, ample picture opportunities, and answers to all the questions your heart desires!
Pros -Highly knowledgeable guide that adds historical context to the paintings and brings to life what the artist was attempting to achieve and the paintings’ messages -Being able to stand right up close to the paintings while the guide emphasizes key details was very unique; I have been to the MoMA several times but never had the opportunity to examine the paintings in this much detail and be made aware of the nuances and intricacies (pictures of this attached) -The small group lends itself to discussion and questions allowing for a more interactive and engaging tour -I highly appreciated being able to visit before the museum opening and take in the enormity of the rooms, paintings and tranquility; the MoMA is very special architecturally and being able to enjoy the space without the crowds is very unique (pictures of this attached) Cons -Tour felt a little random and could have been improved by focusing on a particular theme or school or art -The tour runs for one hour and wherever you are when the time is up is where the it ends and as such depending on the guide and number of questions you might not see certain very important pieces; having a bit more structure would be appreciated and this should be communicated upfront that the guide wants to get to at least certain paintings and that time is being monitored Overall takeaway -I would recommend the tour and paying the additional cost as it provides a highly unique and educational experience that would be impossible to get when one visits with general admission -For tourists with limited time this is even more of a reason as you can get a lot of the most important aspects of the MoMA done without crowds and with the benefit of highly knowledgeable guides
It was really an amazing experience ! I could enjoy the art quietly and peacefully.
It feels really special when the museum guard opens the door to the exhibits for your small group of 7 and then closes the door behind you ensuring you will have a private, intimate experience rarely found in an NYC museum. And this tour succeeded in providing just that. I’ve been to the MoMA a number of times, fighting for a view of Starry Night or Persistence of Memory. On this tour, you got to actually step inches away from these masterpieces without anyone getting in your way or the distraction of conversations going on around you. I am not a frequent museum goer as I find that I don’t always appreciate art. Sylvia, our tour guide, was of course, extremely knowledgable about the art, which was really helpful for me, but I’d say that’s base line when you’re paying for a private tour. What made the tour special were Sylvia’s explanations as she pointed out what you should be looking for in the art, whether it was the actual objects in Severini’s Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bar Tabarin or the uniqueness of a curved line or shadow in Matisse’s Dance. She also really connected the pieces through time with additional visual aids on her iPad showing art that inspired specific pieces by Matisse, Picasso, and Van Gogh among others. She really set the context for the works. The only negative is that I wished it had been longer. It is a strict hour tour with the guide running off to the next tour at the end. I would have loved to be able to continue to pick her brain about the Rothko we ended near. Also, just a warning that there wasn’t much time spent on the MoMA building itself as the description suggests. So if you’re looking for more there, I would recommend you speak up and ask. Of course, she can only fit so much into 1 hour and I'm personally glad she spent it on the art.
Spending weekend morning at MoMA is a great experience. The tour starts 1 hour before the museum open to public, it is so nice to get a close look at the masterpieces without the crowds. The introduction of tour is also very useful, our tour guide has explained to us about MoMA's building, how to interpret the paint, history behind them, and also how artists' worked. It's a good art history class, and I'm thinking of registering other Viator VIP events.
It is extremely beneficial to get early access before the crowds arrive especially at this time of the year.
The guide was extremely informative and friendly.
However, my children were not that interested in art, even the masterpieces that are on display at MOMA.
There is a lot to like about about this tour option. MoMA without the crowds is a fantastic experience, affording the opportunity to deeply appreciate the works on display and to move at one's own pace through the galleries. Our tour leader was friendly, engaging and knowledgable.
However, this all followed an initially very unpleasant opening. We and all the other guests arrived to the Lauder Lobby 15 minutes early, as the voucher instructions clearly articulated. Each of us was met by the same welcome: a caustic security guard who scowled and asked us what we were doing there. When each of us said the same thing that we had arrived for the early access viator tour, she told us that the tour didn't exist, that we were in the wrong place and that we should go to the Main Lobby. When we finally asked her to call a supervisor, the guard told us that her supervisor was very busy and turned away. Ultimately, we were right - there was a tour and we were in the right place. The tour started late thanks to the guard, who even stopped the tour guide once she tried to get the tour started.
It is fortunate that some of us were stopping other guests from leaving the area when she admonished them to do so. They would have not been there when the tour actually did start.
Overall, it's a very good tour, but MoMA should train its staff to be aware of its planned activities, and perhaps more fundamentally, to be respectful to guests who are simply trying to partake of the opportunities it has sold to them.
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