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
Official Website: Whitney Museum of American ArtFee: From: $32.78 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations
The Whitney Museum is New York's home for modern and contemporary art of the United States. Located in Manhattan's vibrant Meatpacking District, the Museum presents the work of living artists alongside favorites by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Alexander Calder, and many others.
Free Entry with a New York City Explorer Pass
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Monday: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Wednesday: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Thursday: 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
- Friday: 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
- Saturday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
- Sunday: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Category: Art Museums
99 Gansevoort St
New York, NY 10014
Phone: (212) 570-3600
Eric C. May-05-2022
What a cool museum. The gift shop alone is worth the visit - a refreshing variety of authors from a variety of demographics. The museum is great - we went... Read More
Denise W. May-04-2022
This is a great Museum. The building itself is very nice. If you go to the very top floor (8th floor) of this museum, you will be able to see a nice view of... Read More
Michael C. Feb-18-2022
Whitney! Truthfully, there are various "Whitney's" that I could be referring to: A) "The Hills" cast member B) The salesperson at Belle en Blanc in the... Read More
Accommodations near Whitney Museum of American Art:
|Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|L||8th Avenue||6 minutes|
|A,C or E||14th Street||8 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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