Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art features a large collection of significant works by contemporary American artists

Mirror-finish train by Jeff Koons on display at the Whitney Museum
Mirror-finish train by Jeff Koons on display at the Whitney Museum cc licensed photo by Marc-Anthony Macon

Opening in 1931 in Greenwich Village, the Whitney Museum for American Art was borne out of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's recognition of the difficulties faced by American artists whose work was overlooked by traditional institutions. When the endowment of a collection of more than 500 works by living American artists assembled by Whitney was refused by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she founded her own museum.

In 1966, the museum opened on New York's Museum Mile, housing a permanent collection containing over 18,000 important pieces from the first half of the 20th century and exhibiting the work of contemporary American artists. As of May 1st 2015 the Whitney Museum will be moving to a brand new larger facility located by High Line Park in the Meatpacking District. You can learn more about this impressive new facility in the video under the 'Photos and Video' tab. Notable pieces in the Whitney Museum collection include works by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Jackson Pollack, Georgia O'Keefe and Jasper Johns.

Free gallery tours are offered daily through the Whitney Museum for American Art's current exhibitions and permanent collections. Visitors can download audio and video guides prior to their visit from the Whitney website and check for an updated schedule of film exhibits and performance installations. The website also provides details on available Whitney Family Programs offering interactive tours and workshops for children up to age 12.

Take a break and have a light cafe lunch at Untitled, the new restaurant at the Whitney Museum for American Art. Located on the lower level, the menu features breakfast all day and contemporary coffee shop cuisine, with brunch and dinner service on weekends.

Nearby attractions include High Line Park.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes.

Whitney Museum of American Art Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

  • Monday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014, USA

Phone: (212) 570-3600

Official Website: Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating Enjoyed the impressive art collection. The excellent and detailed art narratives provide background that enhances the experience. The outdoor terraces offer great views. A walk back on the high line fits nicely with the museum experience.
Peter M - in the last week

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5 Star Rating This place needs no introduction: a fine collection of contemporary art. Currently on display the biennial 2024. A great plus is that the floors here are not vast or extremely complicated like museums tend to be. So a visit here can be broken up to a more bite size experience (even for kids). In addition the balconies provide fresh air, great views of the city, art and the Hudson river. There are two restaurants one on the terrace with views of the city and one near the entrance. Checkout the website for free entry days and free guided tours of the exhibition (first come first serve no registration needed, just show up before the tour starts to take your spot). When you're done it's just a short stroll to Chelsea market to recharge with great food and drinks before you leave the high realms of art and go on with your day. Alternatively, you could enjoy a beautiful walk along the High Line.
Dvir Koenigstein - a month ago

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5 Star Rating The Whitney Museum of American Art is a captivating destination for modern and contemporary art lovers. The museum’s spacious galleries and stunning views of the city enhance the experience. It’s a must-visit for those seeking to explore the forefront of American artistic expression.
Alina D - a week ago

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5 Star Rating That is one of my favorite museums in NYC. There is a nice roof top with Hudson river and NewJersey skyline view. There are always guided tours planned. If you go there on Friday, it is a high possibility that you see an event. There are two cafes downstairs and upstairs.
Selen Demir - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Thanks to their Free Fridays, I got to visit and explore this museum!! Its beautiful and the current collection of work and the artists is really breath taking and provocative. Will definitely go back again to support the art. Well maintained with great staff and services. During busy hours may have to wait for elevators. Better idea would be to start all the way at the top floor so you can just take the stairs to get to lower levels.
Shruthi Venkatesh - a month ago

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Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
L8th Avenue6 minutes
A,C or E14th Street8 minutes

How to get to Whitney Museum of American Art by Subway

Take the L train to 8th Avenue, Cross the road and walk south one block on 8th Avenue to W 13th Street and go right; walk west one block to Gansevoort Street and go left; continue on Gansevoort Street to the museum entrance. Alternately you can take the A,C or E train to 14th Street, and proceed as above, but you'll have to walk a total of 3 blocks south on 8th Avenue adding an extra 2 minutes.

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