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MoMA to Open Sculpture Garden to General Public Each Morning

By Alan Neuhauser | August 19, 2013 3:40pm
 The Museum of Modern Art is exploring opening street-access to its sculpture garden, sources told DNAinfo New York.
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MIDTOWN — MoMA's taking it to the streets.

The Museum of Modern Art's sculpture garden, one of the city's most popular outdoor spaces open only to MoMA patrons, will welcome in the general public via street access next month, the museum announced. 

Beginning on Sept. 9, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.. After that, garden-goers will be required to purchase an admission ticket to the museum to visit the garden.

"New Yorkers and visitors alike" can "start their day in one of the city's most beloved outdoor spaces," museum spokeswomen Diana Simpson and Eugenia Spektor said in an email announcing the opening.

The 54-55 Street Block Association, which was in talks with MoMA about opening the garden, welcomed the news.

"It's very exciting," past president Daly Reville said. "We had the Rain Room, which was a lot of fun, but people were sitting on the sidewalk for hours trying to get in. This is the opposite — something just to walk in and enjoy."

Coffee and other beverages will be on-sale at the garden, the museum noted.