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Ticket Info:
General admission - $18; Adults 19-25 - $14; Seniors (62+) - $14; Students (full-time w/ I.D.) - $14; Children under 18 - Free

Hours:
Wed.-Thurs. 11am-6pm, Fri. 1pm-9pm, Sat.-Sun. 11am-6pm

When to Go:
Friday nights and weekday mornings

Age Restriction:
All ages are welcome.

Nearest Transit:
77th St (6)

Important Information

  • Admission to the Whitney Museum NYC is pay-what-you-wish on Fridays from 6pm-9pm.
  • The Whitney Museum NYC is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.

The Whitney Museum of American Art Quick Facts

  • The Whitney Museum of American Art is located in Manhattan's Upper East Side, just steps from Central Park.
  • The Whitney Museum NYC almost exclusively exhibits art by 20th- and 21st-century American artists.
  • Children under 18 get in free to the Whitney Museum.

Address:
945 Madison Avenue
New York, US

Website: http://whitney.org/

Phone Number: 212.570.3600




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Outstanding 20th- and 21st-Century Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art

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Features: Located in Manhattan's Upper East Side, just steps from Central Park, the Whitney Museum of American Art boasts a permanent collection of more than 18,000 works of art in a wide variety of media. This popular NYC museum, often called simply "the Whitney," focuses almost exclusively on American artists from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Why We Go: Comprising more than 18,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and films by more than 2,800 artists, the permanent collection at the Whitney Museum of American Art is one of the most diverse and significant collections of American art in the world.

  • Focused Collection: Unlike many NYC museums, which attempt to represent artists of varying styles and time periods, the Whitney Museum of American Art focuses almost exclusively on works by American artists, especially living artists, from the 20th and 21st centuries. Movements represented in the permanent collection include Realism, Modernism, Precisionism, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism.
  • New Artists: The Whitney Museum of American Art proudly showcases work by younger and less well-known American artists at its Annual and Biennial exhibitions.
  • Architecture: The Whitney Museum of American Art is itself well worth beholding: a wonder of American architecture, the museum has the shape of a small staircase toppled on one side.

Inside Knowledge: The Whitney Museum of American Art was first founded by the sculptor and art collector Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. In 1929, Whitney, feeling that the Metropolitan Museum of Art did not adequately represent contemporary American artists, offered her collection of nearly 700 works of American art as a donation to the Met. The Met, however, declined the gift, thus prompting Whitney to open her own museum.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Bring Your Kids: The Whitney Museum of American Art has a number of programs catering specifically to families and children. We recommend visiting the museum on a weekday morning, when the museum is less crowded and the kids are still lively and focused. Children under 18 get in free.
  • Do Visit Friday Night: Those NYC travelers on a budget will be delighted to find that the Whitney Museum offers pay-what-you-wish admission on Fridays from 6pm-9pm. Of course, these nights are often the most crowded.
  • Don't Bring Your Bags: The Whitney Museum of American Art requires that you check all backpacks, large bags, and strollers (baby carriers, however, are allowed). We recommend you leave all shopping bags, computers, and cameras at home.
  • Don't Miss Mike Kelley: One of our favorite pieces in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art is Mike Kelley's More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid and The Wages of Sin, a collection of stuffed fabric toys and afghans on a canvas with dried corn. This piece is as visually striking as it is thought-provoking. Don't miss it.