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Whitney Museum of American Art

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Address: 99 Gansevoort Street, New York City, NY 10014
Phone Number: +1 212-570-3600
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Sun - Mon 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and...
The Whitney Museum of American Art, founded in 1930 by the artist and philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, houses the foremost collection of American art from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Mrs. Whitney, an early and ardent supporter of modern American art, nurtured groundbreaking artists at a time when audiences were still largely preoccupied with the Old Masters. From her vision arose the Whitney Museum of American Art, which has been championing the most innovative art of the United States for more than eighty years. The core of the Whitney's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit American art of our time and serve a wide variety of audiences in celebration of the complexity and diversity of art and culture in the United States. Through this mission and a steadfast commitment to artists themselves, the Whitney has long been a powerful force in support of modern and contemporary art and continues to help define what is innovative and influential in American art today.
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Open concept museum. Go!

We waited on line for 15 minutes to enter around opening time (10:30 am). The entire museum is open concept--huge galleries open to one another on each floor. There's site lines... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Arrived early and stood in the queue for same day tickets. Even though there were a lot of people the queue was efficiently managed and I quickly got tickets. The new space is fitting for the collection as well as for highlighting the transition of the meatpacking district into an artistic space. The opening exhibition "America is hard to see"... More 

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Rockaway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

In a neighborhood that once was unsavory at best a star rises next to the High Line. From the top to the bottom there are many views of the city and New Jersey skyline from each floors outdoor galleries. The America is hard to see exhibit took me back through many of my favorite works through the last forty years... More 

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Salt Lake City
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Whitney's America Is Hard To See exhibit is a home run. A fun collection of art Americana in their new and beautiful building.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The Whitney Museum of American Art is a breath of fresh air to the NY museum scene. The work is carefully curated, enough space around the pieces and the museum is not too big, so you don't feel exhausted when you leave. Be smart and buy your tickets online the day before, this way you don't have to stand in... More 

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Portland, OR
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

starting from the top floor and continuing down works well; a delightful new bldg with a great selection of works from the collection of the museum; PLUS an unexpected superb lunch in the 1st floor restaurant - the monkfish was marvelous !!!

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Hollywood, Florida
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Wow. My companion complained about coming into the city by bus. My companion complained that she couldn't see the museum as we got closer and closer. And when we finally spied it, its gargantuan size masked hiding behind the High Line an inexplicable magnet that has turned this neighborhood (the newly named and TRENDY Meat Packing District) into a new... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The new Whitney Museum of American Art has been the talk of the town in many towns. Its Renzo Piano building jutting over the Hudson River, its odd location in New York's meat packing district, and its greatly increased space compared to its former neo-brutalist structure, have all excited comment. A few observations: It's not easy to find. You get... More 

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Lufkin, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

The new Whitney is an amazing building in a fabulous location, but the opening exhibit - a survey of American art - is amazingly bad. Is this really what American culture is about? Oh, there were random masterpieces amongst the flea market drivel. Don't get me wrong; I understand and accept that each artist has something to say... some commentary... More 

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful building, close to the Highline, amazing art! Loved the Mary Heilmann "Sunset" exhibit on the lower terrace, as well as Vija Celmins "the heater" painting. Very friendly staff - one fellow asked me not to use a flash when I took photos -- then kindly showed me how to disable the flash on my camera. Lineup to purchase tickets... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

We waited on line for 15 minutes to enter around opening time (10:30 am). The entire museum is open concept--huge galleries open to one another on each floor. There's site lines to the shop, cafes, terraces & the Hudson River. Because the floors are arranged by decades, there's some reflection of the time period in the art. Anti war themed... More 

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