We lost our Saturday to the MOMA Rain Room.
This Instagram was taken barely halfway through our arduous wait. At the two hour point, we decided to just commit to waiting however long to enter the most talked about exhibit this Summer. Well it took 5 hours dude. FIVE RIDICULOUS HOURS.
The 10-15 minutes we spent inside was glorious though. The exhibit is unique and really fun but I admit the photo ops are the main drawcard than the actual special effects of the exhibit.
1. Go early AND get membership
There are two lines at the entrance located on the 54th street side - the members' line is within the exhibit compound while the general admission (GA) line starts on the sidewalk outside the compound. Members not only get to visit early (from 9.30am), priority will continue to be given to members to join the inside line even after the general opening time of 10.30am. (When we joined the GA line around 9.45am, there were barely 20 people ahead of us, alas we did get to join the inside Members line until 2 hours later, around 11.30am)
Even with membership, the inside line is long - snaking around a number of times, the wait at the tail end of that queue is approximately 3 hours.
Museum membership is paramount to ensure that your wait does not exceed those three hours. With membership, you bypass all those waiting in the GA line regardless of what time you get there. Meaning your wait time at worst is only about three hours (Yes, I know how silly that sounds). The silver lining is that members can bring guests (so split that membership fee amongst friends and enemies alike).
There are also plenty of MOMA staff available for information - ask as to how long either lines are before devoting your time to any one of them.
2. Wear weather appropriate clothing (and prepare for the worst)
It rained during the the final hour of our wait. Ahh the irony. It was also far windier and colder than expected and I was glad that I had on warmer than necessary clothing. Also, wear appropriate footwear that will provide cushion for the hours you may be on your feet. I presume a foldable chair might be handy too.
3. Bring reading material, snacks, playing cards etc
Have with you anything that will make the time pass. You could also converse with your companion if that is your sort of thing. Luckily, this is no "NYE in Times Square" situation so leaving the line for more food or to go to the loo within the actual museum is perfectly allowed.
|Mango top, Current/Elliot Stilettos in yellow polka dot (sim), Repetto red ballet flats|
4. Leave the kids at home
This one is obvious - that long weekend queue is no place for anyone under 15, no matter how fun a room full of rain might be.
After your visit, grab some famous chicken and rice from any of the carts on 53rd and Sixth - though if you are anything like me, you would probably want to punch someone before joining yet another line.