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Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
212-570-3600
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Ranked #187 of 859 attractions in New York City
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Type: Art Museums
Owner description: As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century... more » Owner description: As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection—arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world—is the Museum’s key resource. The Museum’s signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country’s leading survey of the most recent developments in American art. « less
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Building - Terrible gift shop - Building layout doesn't work great for an exhibit. You are up and down crowded stairs or elevators over 5 floors. - Grungy old washrooms - Sculpture garden was lacking They definitely need the new building they are moving to. Hopefully it's designed better. Koons exhibit - Seemed representative of his career. - The metal... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I am not a huge fan of Koons but the exhibit was very well done and worth the trip. Make sure you book ahead online...huge time saver! The exhibit was crowded but very accessible give the size of the pieces. If you go with kids, make sure you preview the 3rd floor and decide if those pieces will be appropriate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I loved the Koons retrospective, but was glad that I stayed to see the permanent collection on the 5th floor and the mezzanine. Good audio guide included with the ticket. Had a good lunch at the cafe downstairs, but really should've eaten before coming to the museum.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Apart from the permanent collections, such as Hopper, this summer there was a special comprehensive exhibit of Jeff Koon's controversial pieces. It was cool, but you don't really want to line up for too long to see them

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The line was quite long around the corner, I wasn't sure at the beginning until 20 minutes later I was already inside. People are asking what the line was for, and they participate when I said JEFF BOON, the controversial. The museum was well organized but a little small to hold all the collections with those numerous visitors.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The Whitney had many exhibits, but my favorite was Jeff Koons. There were lots of people visiting that day, but it didn't feel crowded. It is worth going while in NYC

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Koons retrospective - very entertaining in many ways. It's nice to see an artist evolve over the years. Don't miss the lobster.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Have to say I'm not a big fan of Jeff Koons, but want to see this, if only to criticize with information! Some of the pieces I actually liked. However, this is not art criticism. A lot of his work is very child friendly - the balloon figures, inflatables etc. but be aware that a lot of the works have... More

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florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Long line to get in this past weekend-not sure if usual or not. But we had pre-purchased and glad we did. You could even do on your phone while outside and walk right in to will call. Jeff Koons is out there and full of himself-as some artists can be. Interesting interpretations and some a little nasty. Mixed media. What... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I took my wife and two children, ages 4 and 2 for a weekend NYC getaway. I was busy looking for activities for the kids during our trip- it can be hard to find things specifically suited to younger children in Manhattan. The Whitney had this great "Whitney Wees" program for 4 to 5 year olds. It starts before the... More

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