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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 - 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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The Whitney has a great collection of modern art in an easy to navigate space and terrific views. There are plenty of works from well known artists as well as lesser known pieces... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Whitney has a great collection of modern art in an easy to navigate space and terrific views. There are plenty of works from well known artists as well as lesser known pieces from lesser known artists that are no less enthralling.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a treasure trove for Art lovers and culture vultures. There is a vast collection for you to enjoy and also fantastic views from the outside areas on each floor.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A must see museum. Go for lunch or dinner. World class art. Shopping nearby. Located Westside near Hudson River w/lots of shopping nearby. Go early to avoid lines on Happy Hour TH., I think.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The building is beautiful; ability to walk outside on most all of the eight levels. As I mentioned, I was sorry there were not more American artists of my knowledge, but that may very well be my fault. The cafe on the top floor was grand, and the staff very accommodating though they need to do a bit more homework... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyed experiencing the Whitney. The building itself, views and outdoor sculpture is wonderful. The exhibits are somewhat "ho-hum" particularly the Cinema as art.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Nice but I found other museums more interesting for me. I don't like modern and strange art. The Wax Sculpture was amazing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago 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 6 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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago 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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