In a subtle bit of one-upmanship, the Museum of Modern Art announced today that it will be open seven days a week starting next month, beating the Metropolitan Museum to the punch — that institution is also switching to an all-week schedule, but not until July.
MoMA, which typically closes on Tuesdays, will be the first of New York City’s major art museums to switch to a seven-day week, followed closely by the Met, which traditionally takes Mondays off. Along with the American Museum of Natural History, which has been open daily since time immemorial, the Met and MoMA will be the city’s only large museums that are open every day of the week, a fact that will surely provide both with major boosts in attendance.
— Benjamin Sutton
(Photo: The Museum of Modern Art, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi. View from Fifty-third Street looking east. Photo © 2004 Timothy Hursley.)