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.

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Fee: From: $33.34 CAD...May vary slightly due to currency fluctuations

Whitney Museum of American Art Admission

Gain entry to the Whitney Museum of American Art, housed in a new building designed by world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. Located in New York City's Meatpacking District and hugging High Line Park, the 220,000-square-foot museum boasts one of the best art collections in the United States, including pieces by Louise Bourgeois, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, among others.

Free Entry with a New York Pass

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Hours This Week:
  • 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 – 10:00 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


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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Rated 4.5 out of 5Whitney Museum of American Art Star Rating

5 Star Rating This is a beautiful space and a must visit for anyone who likes contemporary art. It’s pretty close to the Highline and lots of great restaurants. It also is near a lot of shopping. I went to the Warhol exhibit and found it to be really interesting. The space itself is beautiful. For those visiting in the winter months, there is a coat check on the lower level. There also is a pretty great bookstore.

Esther Gibofsky - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Warhol show was fabulous. Saw it almost a week ago and I am still thinking about it. The portraits are a tour de force, and the Death and Disaster gallery upstairs resonates with the sanctity of human existence to a degree approximating a spiritual experience. I was deeply moved. Great gallery and an eclectic international crowd. Get there early or book tickets online the night before. Show is mobbed; that is because it is great.

Michael Sobsey - 22 days ago

4 Star Rating I’ve been pretty excited to go to the Whitney for awhile now. The building is beautiful from the outside, so I wanted to see what it was like. I wasn’t disappointed. The building is very dynamic, with each level being slightly different, so it was fun to explore it, especially the upper levels. The exhibits were good. The tech exhibit was occasionally interesting and sometimes meh. But that’s tech art for ya. The Warhol exhibit was only open to members, so we weren’t able to see it. The permanent collection was good, and cool to see. I appreciate the focus on American art only. With a limited amount of space to view their permanent collection, it helps give a viewer a good trip through modernism without too many stops. The place was packed, and the elevators are very slow. Also I wish they had a late afternoon discount. We paid full price even through we only had 2 hours to see everything.

Core Marr - 22 days ago

5 Star Rating Excellent gallery. Well curated and interesting shows. Always worth the visit. The balcony views are also worth the entrance fee. As a Brit I found it slightly difficult to find the building when not walking from the High Line due to loads of roads works. Also the subway is near but not very close. Very much do the high line to get to the gallery. Such a fantastic walk!

Kristina Sinclair - 1 month ago


Video about the impressive new facility being built to house the Whitney Museum scheduled to open in 2015

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