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

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

5 Star Rating An enjoyable and easy place to navigate and refresh your art memory. Buying tickets online and getting there when they open is more pleasant than waiting online outside and inside. Cafe upstairs has yummy cafe bites and good coffee. Serving delicious baked goods and spirits. Kids are free til 18 years of age. They give the kids an activity booklet to keep them engaged and move along the exhibition with a fun task in hand. Close to scavenger hunt but with drawing in the answers. Very cute!

S L - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Grandpa's Garage Studio 7 suggest to get over here and get happy. Spend time with friends and family focus on love and our hearts then all will follow. Art is our bodies expression of light water and intent ion. Love one another and think good things, we change our surface.

Grandpa's Garage - 2 days ago

2 Star Rating I generally like art and museums, but I can't give good review for this one. Andy Warhol exhibition was a real disappointment. I could hardly find 5 pictures/items that I liked. Maybe other exhibitions are better. Maybe just not my type of "art". 2 stars. 25 dollars for this is neusanse.

Bogdan Hrytsko - 4 days ago

5 Star Rating Love the Whitney, became members, skip the pay-what-you-want nights. :). Staff is great, size of museum is just right. Views are beautiful and highline access is so fun. Spend half a day or more here a couple times per year. Love ❤️. I absolutely recommend the membership, as we found payback almost immediately as we started bringing friends to the museum and receiving discounts. It’s a good thing to do for the arts, but is also economically a great value for something we enjoy doing anyway. We no longer have to wait for pay-as-you-like Fridays. :)

damon peters - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating I came to see the Andy Warhol exhibit with a friend which was beautifully curated. The Whitney is a must when in NYC whether you live here or are just visiting. The architecture of the space is well done and there is an easy flow of traffic while admiring the exhibits. There was a decent crowd while we were there and we didn’t feel like we were on top of each other. Friendly ticket agents. Great selections at the gift shops

Tina Simone G - 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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