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Whitney Museum of American Art

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Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York City, NY 10014-1404
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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Great gallery in a cool part of the city

I went to a few galleries whilst in NY and the Whitney was definitely the best. Great art, not too busy and the outside areas are just as interesting as the art inside. Explore... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to a few galleries whilst in NY and the Whitney was definitely the best. Great art, not too busy and the outside areas are just as interesting as the art inside. Explore the area around the museum too as there are cool shops and cafes and then you can go for a walk along the Highline which is... More 

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Leonia, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My sister-in-law and I had a wonderful time at The Whitney. It was her first visit (I'm a member). We spent 3 hours there, and the time zipped by! So much to see that is different from the other museums in NYC. The staff is very, very friendly and helpful (not stuffy), and several exhibit are outside which are so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Although it was on my wish list for a long time, I was able to visit finally. Loved the Self portraits and Stuart Davis exhibitions. We also took a Friday noon tour with a docent of the Stuart Davis exhibition. Generally, he was great, engaging well with the group, however he made few mistakes on the informations. Loved the sculpture... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Of course spend hours, days in The Met and MOMA, but do not miss The Whitney to round out your Art Experiences in NYC. The new building is wonderful, and its contents truly involving. Slowly walk The High Line starting from the north, to experience the perfect combination of gifts from The City. Though I only travel to NYC for... More 

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Nowra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Museum is an interesting building with a wide variety of collected works. It is a great place to relax and refresh after walking the Highline (just do it.... you'll love it!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Without a doubt, this is the best museum in NYC. This is an architectural pearl that incorporates the urban views with contemporary art. The size is perfect, plan on spending about 2 hours.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you like to explore new things with an open mind you may enjoy this place. To start, the building is gorgeous, however kind of far south Manhattan. (tip: You can try and go for lunch or breakfast at Chelsea Market and then walk to the museum). Then it comes the ticket, 25$ (whaaaat??) That is way way too expensive.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

LOvely architecture, and the rooftop view. Some of the exhibits were interesting. Airy and spacious Enjoyed the Portraits

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

When in Chelsea do not miss this great interesting museum. Good views of the Hudson River and beautiful art collection. The museum isn't big so you can cover all the different amazing exhibitions.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Whitney Museum is worth going just for the location and the architecture. The new location in the Meatpacking District is right in the middle of a lot of nightlife, restaurant and bars. The Whitney's rooftop is particularly beautiful during the summer because you get a clear view of the water and the surrounding NYC skyline. The architecture is beautiful... More 

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