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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
10:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Mon 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wed - Thu 10:30 am - 6:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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Excellent museum of modern art with lots of inspiring, provocative, and aesthetically beautiful pieces, including still art, videos, and animations. Their 'Human Interest... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Excellent museum of modern art with lots of inspiring, provocative, and aesthetically beautiful pieces, including still art, videos, and animations. Their 'Human Interest' exhibits, occupying two floors, use portraits of people to tackle varying themes of the human condition. The building itself is modern, bright, and spacious, with balconies offering spectacular views of the city. Admission is quite steep but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A recent visit to the museum with a walk from 41 st and a detour on the High Line was as nice a day as I've had in NY. I have read about rude staff etc but I found none of that. I think a space like this , that integrates magnificently in to rugged and bare community should be... More 

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Helena, Montana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First of all, I love contemporary art. The Whitney, however, misses the mark. The staff is rude. The museum is VERY hot. As for the collection, well, I think you could see better art in other museums in New York. It's also very expensive to get in: $25/person. In my opinion, I'd skip it. If you want the "views" which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Loved all the American new modern art housed over 8 floors. Some exhibits I enjoyed more than others - but I guess that's usual. The architecture of the building is beautiful and it has a great viewing gallery to see sun sets. We came here via the high line walk way - perfect afternoon out to do the two together.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Whitney itself is a pretty fun building with some great terraces to see different parts of the city. Some of the art was pretty good but overall my artist subjectivity wasn't congruent with the curators'. Also, I found that there was a real lack of "art museum etiquette" by other people present: cutting in front of each other to... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I don't claim to be an art expert, but I have been to many art museums in New York and Paris that I enjoyed. This one was a disaster, and I would rate it a zero if I could. First, the elevators were dreadfully slow, and when one would finally come, they were always full. We finally decided to use... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great new location next to the Hi Line Park and West Side Park. Building is contemporary - may feel smaller - however the installments are excellent. And when done - check out the cafe at street level - or hike the Hi Line Park.....personally graved more so rented bike for the paths at the West Side Park Ah, go on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this museum on a Sun afternoon and there was a line up for over 10 mns. The 8 floors are nicely spaced out and have fantastic collection. The 2 art work that caught my attention were the old lady sitting on a chair was unbelievably natural and the balck / white photo of a man on bed which... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hit this Museum one day while walking around Chelsea, the river, and the High line. Small museum with interesting art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A couple hours in this world famous repository of American Art is a perfect start to any day. Of course you could spend much much more time but, for me, sensory overload and tired feet take over after about two hours and its’ time to leave. I really enjoyed Carmen Herrera exhibit. I had just seen the documentary on her... More 

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