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Whitney Museum of American Art

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Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York City, NY 10014
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+1 212-570-3600
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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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Whitney moved to a great neighborhood with lots to see and great restaurants. The Museum holds some great works. However, one of the best things is that you can take a tour of... read more

Reviewed February 13, 2017
Rockville Centre, New York
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Rockville Centre, New York
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

Whitney moved to a great neighborhood with lots to see and great restaurants. The Museum holds some great works. However, one of the best things is that you can take a tour of a different exhibit area every hour with the cost of admission. (After you tour you can, of course, walk around and take more in by yourself.) Docents... More 

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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

We found the space a bit underwhelming. There are some great views from it and parts of the permanent collection are worth the trip. But the space lacks warmth and does not invite the viewer in nor makes one feel welcome. Others are free to differ.

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San Francisco, California
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

I went here with a friend. Neither of us are well versed in art, specifically modern art, so while we enjoyed the trip, it felt a little 'over our heads.' The views of the city and the Hudson are cool on a nice day.

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Reviewed February 12, 2017 via mobile

This museum is totally cool. The building is amazing and the art is so worth it to see!! Yes, you will be impressed and the views of lower Manhattan from the decks are to die for!!

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northern VA
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Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

We had a great 2 hours st the Whitney / American art at its best. Two floors with portraits were eclectic with great moisture of paintings - photography - sculpture and interactive. Loved the docent tour led by Phd student who spun great stories and had us snaking thru two floors and 6 pieces. Make sure you take pics from... More 

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Reviewed February 10, 2017

Situated right at the south end of The High Line (another great attraction) and right in the middle of the exceedingly trendy Meat Packing District, The New Whitney makes for an ideal destination. The collection of modern art is terrific but if some in your group are not interested enough in art to pay the $25 entry fee, there is... More 

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Reviewed February 8, 2017 via mobile

Not a fan of modern or American art so I was a bit confused when we decided to go - had a great time. Many floors to walk around - modern art for all and great terrace scene outside with awesome views. Very Pompidou ish. I made it an overall learning experience and their book store is great. Overall I... More 

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Reviewed February 5, 2017 via mobile

The building is new in a new location. If you appreciate modern art and/or great architecture then this is a must stop

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Reviewed February 3, 2017 via mobile

Most of the art collection is "modern" and of a type that some will not appreciate. However, I found the structure itself worth the visit and the view from the 8th floor is amazing of both downtown/New Jersey and uptown. Several interesting restaurants located in the area and there are two restaurants in the museum.....I would recommend the one on... More 

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Reviewed January 30, 2017 via mobile

We went for the architecture as much as the art, and that's a good thing, because that "art"....well, lets just say you won't find it in the Louvre. The architecture was disappointing to me, having been to Piano's Nasher museum in home town Dallas a number of times. I'm sure it was a good design solution, but it lacked a... More 

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