Museum of Arts and Design
Museum of Arts and Design
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Museum of Arts and Design connects people to the creative potential of materials and skilled making. Visitors to MAD discover new forms of artistic expression and encounter artists challenging traditional thinking about history, society, culture, and art itself. Advocating for the value of the handmade, MAD aims to open minds, stimulate conversation, and foster creativity.
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Neighbourhood: Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit—spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's heaven where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit the Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
How to get there
  • 59th St – Columbus Circle • 1 min walk
  • 59th St – Columbus Circle • 2 min walk
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  • Carolyn S
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Taylor Swift Storyteller Exhibit
    Came to NYC for the day primarily to see this. While the exhibit itself is not very large, what is there is exhilarating for Swifties to see. My daughter didn't want to leave. The outfits are fascinating up close and there are some instruments and jewels, too. It would make a terrific long term exhibit to expand it and add some of the Eras tour outfits and props, if they become available any time soon. We only explored one of the other floors of museum exhibits, the paper dresses. This was an interesting but quick walk thru. If you take the elevator to the top (9th) floor there is a restaurant with sweeping views of some long avenues dotted with skyscrapers. We didn't eat there but they didn't seem to mind us enjoying the vantage point for a bit. We really liked that the museum was so close to Central Park and headed there afterwards to explore.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 August 2023
  • Sarah S
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely Small Museum
    We really enjoyed this small museum. We were able to spend time really engaging with the exhibits without stressing about running out of time. The exhibits were thoughtful with excellent interpretation. And great location right at the bottom of Central Park! Gorgeous gift shop as well, worth coming in for gift shopping even if you're not visiting the exhibits.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • AC
    Albuquerque, New Mexico199 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small, but powerful space.
    Make sure you view what exhibitions are there before going to see if you are interested! Without going to the Taylor Swift floor, this Museum takes around an hour if you are invested in the exhibitions and take a close look. Shorter if you are blowing through. MAD's small space means that you don't have to hurry through each piece, and the curation of the exhibitions is very well done. I enjoyed this selection more than I have in some of the larger museums. If you like contemporary art that makes you think, you'll probably like what they have at MAD. I enjoyed that they had contemporary Native pieces on the 3rd floor.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Lori M
    California1,851 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    great museum full of interesting works to ponder
    convenient location in Columbus Circle. a little pricey for what you get ($18) but I had a pass. there were 3 open floors of galleries plus the lovely goblet display in the stairwell. gorgeous wood carvings in one section, and various other "crafts" showcasing them to actually be just as elevated as "art". exploring what is the difference anyway... ? puppetry, performance art, sculpture, quits, and more gave the visitor plenty to see and enjoy. installations rotate so check what's on! ps - I didn't go the Taylor Swift floor but you are able to see one display on your way to the second floor (which was kind of cool). Nice museum, I would go back.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Farwriter
    London, United Kingdom134 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting exhibits, unpleasant staff
    The main exhibition on at the moment is about Taylor Swift, which I didn't see. There is a charge for this exhibition but there is no charge to see the exhibits from the museum's permanent collection on the 3rd floor, and some artists' studios on the 6th floor can also be visited if they are open. I particularly liked the wooden sculptures and bowls, made from different types of wood from all over the world. Some of the grains and colours were very beautiful. One thing which marred my visit was the aggressiveness of one of the staff in the entrance foyer. There is a ticket desk at one side but I assumed this was just for people buying tickets to Taylor Swift - there is no clear signage to say that you also need to get a ticket even for free entry. I went towards the staircase at the side of the foyer, which had no member of staff standing near it, but suddenly this particular man appeared and demanded to see my wristband. I said I just wanted to see the free part of the museum and he told me I still needed a ticket in the most derisory tone of voice, as if I should have known that. After getting a ticket, I then waited around five minutes for one of the two extremely slow elevators to turn up so I asked the lift attendant if I could go up the stairs instead. He said yes, but when I went towards the stairs I was once again stopped by the same rude staff member, who told me I had to get the elevator. By this point I was annoyed and embarrassed and actually just wanted to leave. Perhaps the stairs only go to the Taylor Swift exhibition - I don't know because there was no signage.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 22 March 2024
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4.0 of 5 bubbles458 reviews
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202
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156
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Farwriter
London, UK134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The main exhibition on at the moment is about Taylor Swift, which I didn't see. There is a charge for this exhibition but there is no charge to see the exhibits from the museum's permanent collection on the 3rd floor, and some artists' studios on the 6th floor can also be visited if they are open. I particularly liked the wooden sculptures and bowls, made from different types of wood from all over the world. Some of the grains and colours were very beautiful.

One thing which marred my visit was the aggressiveness of one of the staff in the entrance foyer. There is a ticket desk at one side but I assumed this was just for people buying tickets to Taylor Swift - there is no clear signage to say that you also need to get a ticket even for free entry. I went towards the staircase at the side of the foyer, which had no member of staff standing near it, but suddenly this particular man appeared and demanded to see my wristband. I said I just wanted to see the free part of the museum and he told me I still needed a ticket in the most derisory tone of voice, as if I should have known that. After getting a ticket, I then waited around five minutes for one of the two extremely slow elevators to turn up so I asked the lift attendant if I could go up the stairs instead. He said yes, but when I went towards the stairs I was once again stopped by the same rude staff member, who told me I had to get the elevator. By this point I was annoyed and embarrassed and actually just wanted to leave. Perhaps the stairs only go to the Taylor Swift exhibition - I don't know because there was no signage.
Written 22 March 2024
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Nigel W
Odense, Denmark654 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
I have to confess I hadn't heard of this museum before I saw it on a NYC streetmap. I suspect I wasn't alone. Everyone knows the obvious biggies (MoMA, Metropolitan etc) and it probably gets clouded by them. But it's been in existence since 1956! It is a delightful, manageable-sized museum. When we visited, two floors were devoted to a solo show – Canadian artist Shary Boyle - ceramic, video, motorised sculptures, masks - you name it - what wonderfully powerful talent and what exquisite craft and beauty. Another floor had a selection from MAD's permanent collection – stunning examples of craft and making (weaving, wood-turning, beading, metalwork…) that break down the barrier between handicraft and art. There was also an exhibition devoted to the costumes and videos of Taylor Swift – eye-opening - my husband hadn't even heard of Taylor Swift!!!!!! There's a great shop on the ground floor and on the top (9th) floor a restauarant with a surprisingly excellent lunchtime deal. Anyone interested in art should include this museum on a visit to NYC.
Written 10 December 2023
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Lori M
California1,851 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
convenient location in Columbus Circle. a little pricey for what you get ($18) but I had a pass. there were 3 open floors of galleries plus the lovely goblet display in the stairwell. gorgeous wood carvings in one section, and various other "crafts" showcasing them to actually be just as elevated as "art". exploring what is the difference anyway... ? puppetry, performance art, sculpture, quits, and more gave the visitor plenty to see and enjoy. installations rotate so check what's on! ps - I didn't go the Taylor Swift floor but you are able to see one display on your way to the second floor (which was kind of cool). Nice museum, I would go back.
Written 8 November 2023
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AC
Albuquerque, NM199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Make sure you view what exhibitions are there before going to see if you are interested!

Without going to the Taylor Swift floor, this Museum takes around an hour if you are invested in the exhibitions and take a close look. Shorter if you are blowing through. MAD's small space means that you don't have to hurry through each piece, and the curation of the exhibitions is very well done. I enjoyed this selection more than I have in some of the larger museums. If you like contemporary art that makes you think, you'll probably like what they have at MAD. I enjoyed that they had contemporary Native pieces on the 3rd floor.
Written 31 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Sarah S
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed this small museum. We were able to spend time really engaging with the exhibits without stressing about running out of time. The exhibits were thoughtful with excellent interpretation. And great location right at the bottom of Central Park! Gorgeous gift shop as well, worth coming in for gift shopping even if you're not visiting the exhibits.
Written 9 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Carolyn S
Philadelphia, PA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Came to NYC for the day primarily to see this. While the exhibit itself is not very large, what is there is exhilarating for Swifties to see. My daughter didn't want to leave. The outfits are fascinating up close and there are some instruments and jewels, too. It would make a terrific long term exhibit to expand it and add some of the Eras tour outfits and props, if they become available any time soon.

We only explored one of the other floors of museum exhibits, the paper dresses. This was an interesting but quick walk thru.

If you take the elevator to the top (9th) floor there is a restaurant with sweeping views of some long avenues dotted with skyscrapers. We didn't eat there but they didn't seem to mind us enjoying the vantage point for a bit.

We really liked that the museum was so close to Central Park and headed there afterwards to explore.
Written 23 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Will58
Washington DC, DC45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Exhibits were well done but very small, not worth the entrance fee unless you are interested in a particular niche exhibit.
Written 21 August 2023
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Daylin F
Miami, FL5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Came specifically for the Taylor Swift pop up and was heavily disappointed. If you’re a local i can see how passing by would be okay, but if you’re coming from out of town don’t go out of your way to see it. Not worth it AT ALL. You’ll take about 20 minutes to walk the museum.
Written 23 June 2023
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,911 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This small museum, conveniently located at Columbus Circle, focusses on arts, crafts and design. Particularly interesting right now is the "Funk You Too" exhibition, "Humor and Irreverence in Ceramic Sculpture, while the exhibition on paper dresses, which were a fad in the 1960s, is historically important. Well worth a visit.
Written 15 April 2023
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PaleoGypsy
Philadelphia, PA2,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This museum is a lot of fun,and the exhibits change.It’s good to see what a variety of artists are creating using a variety of materials. The bathroom is located at the lower level. A small gift shop is available. Elevators and steps are available for your use. You may photograph the artworks- NO flash. All, in all, the visit proved to be a great experience.
Written 14 April 2023
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