It's history goes back to the 1920's and involves the Rockefeller family and friends who at the time were the makers and shakers of not only the art world, but much of New York life.
Back then the museum gained instant fame as America's premier museum devoted exclusively to modern art, and the first of its kind in Manhattan to exhibit European modernism. Over the years the Museum collection has expanded and been housed in several sites across Manhattan - the present day museum was officially opened in 2006.
There are six levels in the building - all opening onto a central well - and looking out onto a large courtyard ... each level houses several separate galleries devoted to 'modern day' artists.
Three Women - Fernand Leger - French - 1921
I see again in memory of my dear Udnie - Francis Picabia - French - 1913
Christina's World - Andrew Wyeth - USA - 1948
The Bather - Pablo Picasso - Spain - 1905
The wonderful Manhattan skyline from within the museum
Dynamism of a Soccer Player - Umberto Boccioni - Italian - 1913
Revolving - Kurt Schwitters - German - 1913
Dance (I) - Henri Matisse - French - 1909
The Propitious Garden of Plane Image - Brice Marden - USA - 2000
Zapabistas - Jose Clemente Orozco - Mexican - 1931
Girl Before a Mirror - Pablo Picasso - Spanish - 1932
Fulang-Chang and I - Frida Kahlo - Mexican - 1937
Les Demoiselles D'Avignon - Pablo Picasso - Spanish - 1907
Head of a Warrior - Pablo Picasso - Spanish - 1903
Composition #11 - with Red and Blue - Piet Mondrian - Dutch - 1929
Water Lilies - Claude Monet - French - 1914
... again - from the other end ...
Agapanthus - Claude Monet - French - 1914
Three Women at the Spring - Pablo Picasso - Spanish - 1921
Reclining Nude - Amedeo Modigliani - Italian - 1919
Tete - Amedeo Modigliani - Italian - 1919
Samovar - Kazimir Malevich - Russian - 1913
Birds Erect - Henri Gaudier-Brzeska - French - 1914
Male Model - Henri Matisse - French - 1901
Turning Road - Paul Cezanne - French - 1898
The Bather - Paul Cezanne - French - 1885
Port en Bessen - George-Pierre Seurat - French - 1888
Still Life with Apples - Paul Cezanne - French - 1898
One: Number 31 - 1950 - Jackson Pollock - USA - 1950
Live's - Gilbert and George - UK - 1984
New Shelton Wet/Dry Doubledecker - Jeff Koons - USA - 1981
... and so much more besides
... I haven't even shown you the artworks that didn't impress me !!! ...
And tomorrow - if it's a nice day - I'll take you out on the bay ...