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Whitney Museum of American Art

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West Village
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Address: 99 Gansevoort Street, New York City, NY 10014
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+1 212-570-3600
10:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Mon 10:30 - 18:00
Wed - Thu 10:30 - 18:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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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A lovely vision that came to fruition

This a lovely, spacious museum showcasing the works of deserving American artists. It seems well thought out. i like the spaciousness and freedom I felt, as if I'm outdoors or is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Rochester, New York

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had heard great thinks and came away being slightly disappointed. Main reason is that two of floors were shut (so actually about 50% of gallery space) but only with $6 reduction on ticket.

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Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This a lovely, spacious museum showcasing the works of deserving American artists. It seems well thought out. i like the spaciousness and freedom I felt, as if I'm outdoors or is it the other way around?There are ample benches to sit and relax, ponder the art and perhaps engage in conversation with other museum goers

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building overlooks the water and has several places to go outside and see surrounding area. The prices are typical NY Museum prices - if you are a student or senior you can get a discount. Has a restaurant but did not visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Visit the Whitney if you want to see a splendid collection of modern American visual art. Visit the Whitney if you simply come off the Highline and want a great way to end a lovely walk. Visit the Whitney to go up to the 8th floor buy a coffee, step outside and view the splendor of Manhattan and the New... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very cool structure with many floors to discover. Filled with interesting art and exhibits for everyone and great cafe

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This has been on my list to see since it was built. I was not disappointed. Small enough to see all in one afternoon and always interesting curation. If I lived in NYC I would have a membership. Visitors can go anytime and be certain of an interesting exhibit. Easy to get to, especially walking the HighLine. The entrance/elevator system... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The line was so long, I ended up getting the out of town membership. It was $50, and well worth passing the line. I loved the pieces in this museum. Not overwhelming, and beautiful building. Would definitely recommend over the Frick collection.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was never a fan of the old Whitney at the Breuer, though I loved the building. The museum did not display its art as well as MOMA or the Guggenheim. Then they moved to the new Piano designed building, and it is the perfect facility for showing off their wonderful collection in new and exciting ways. We have been there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you can afford the entry fee ($25) and the ADDITIONAL $6 !! for the explanatory headphones, you will enjoy a very full day of interesting art.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was definitely an amazing experience at the museum. The installments were outstanding especially the human-size lighted candle. It has to be one of the museums in New York that you must visit!

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