Review: MoMa’s Rain Room

Review: MoMa’s Rain Room


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When I first heard about the Rain Room, I was intrigued.

What’s Supposed To Happen: A square of rain inside a building with sensors that turn off the rain as you walk.
What Really Happens: The sensors only trigger if you walk very slowly through the rain.

The rain is coming down pretty hard and you will get soaked if you run through it (none of the sensors will trigger). You will get some drops on you if you walk at a normal pace. You will stay pretty dry if you walk deliberately slowly.

The sensors aren’t that sensitive. What this means is even with just 10 people in the Rain, if you all are near each other, all the rain in the area will be turned off. Most of the time the middle is empty and it’s only raining on the outside perimeter. Once the rain is off above you, you will not get wet. You could stand there and read a book and be just fine.

It was really fun! I loved running through the raindrops. The technology wasn’t quite as perfect as I had hoped but this really was fun.

The Lines

Okay, so there is a really long wait and going to this takes some serious strategy.

We waited 1 hour 45 minutes. Got in line at 9a, walked in to the rain at 10:45a.

Important Things to Note:

  • Buy a MoMa Membership for $85 – especially if you have 2+ people going to the Rain Room. You can do this day-of at 9:30a, I bought mine earlier so I wouldn’t have to worry about it
  • Show up no later than 9a to stand in the Members Only line. Members get in to the Rain Room at 9:30a, the general public gets in at 10:30a.
  • Expect to stand outside for at least an hour and a half
  • Expect to stand inside the room (where you can see the rain) for 20 minutes (20 people are allowed in there at a time); the room is rather chilly
  • You can set purses/bags on the side of the room
  • Pictures are welcome (tricky with phone cams)
  • 10 people are allowed in the rain at a time, no time limit (recommended 10 mins)

Buy A MoMa Membership

Buying a MoMa Membership really is key to this whole process. General daily admission to MoMa, which includes the Rain Room, is $25 (non-suggested-donation). So for two people that’s $50 right there plus you will be standing in line for well over 4 hours even if you are the first in line for public admission. The membership is $85/year and you can get up to 5 guest passes/day for only $5. Most importantly, you can always access the museum during Members Only hours from 9:30a-10a, which includes the Rain Room. If you go to the Rain Room then back to the museum at least once during the year, it pays for itself. ]

Overall Consensus

It is such a neat idea I have to recommend going. However, I can’t say it’s worth a 3+ hour wait. I was mildly disappointed by the technology as it was, but it really is fun to play in the rain in a controlled environment.


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