Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art
4.5
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
The Whitney Museum is New York's home for modern and contemporary art of the United States. Located in Manhattan's vibrant Meatpacking District, the Whitney presents the work of living artists alongside perennial favorites by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Alexander Calder, and many others. Advance ticketing is required: book timed tickets today and prepare for your trip at whitney.org.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Greenwich Village
Commonly known as “the Village” to New Yorkers, it was here in Greenwich Village that both 1960’s counter culture and the LGBT movement were born. Famous for its bohemian past, head to Washington Square Park to get a feel for this diverse and energetic neighbourhood. You’ll find NYU students, street performers, skateboarders, kids frolicking in the fountain, and locals relaxing and playing chess. Stroll the streets to discover a mix of majestic town homes and hidden bars and restaurants that give this neighbourhood an old-school residential feel. When the sun goes down, check out one of the famous jazz or comedy clubs that still packs them in every night.
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  • 14th St / 8th Ave • 7 min walk
  • 8th Ave • 7 min walk
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  • synToronto
    Toronto, Canada981 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not just the greatest hits
    Location: the Whitney is close to Little island and pier 57 nearby to Greenwich. Facilities: An interesting 8 floor building that has an outdoor multi level terrace where visitors can get a view of the surrounding area including a view of New Jersey across the river. Visitors can walk outside between floors 8 to 6. Floors 2 and 4 are not accessible. Washrooms are not on every floor and are small. Exhibitions: There is a permanent collection including recognizable names like O’Keefe and Hopper, but also other forms of art and artists for those who appreciate something different. A set of central escalators help you get up or down. We went to the top then worked our way down. Overall: A good place to see contemporary art that you may be unfamiliar with. If you just want to see the ‘hits’ then this might not be the best choice.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 November 2023
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,596 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    World Class collection of American art
    Very easy wayfinding and fun art in the elevators! We started out, as we often do, on the top floor of a museum. Here it's the seventh and beyond the interesting art inside there's a great terrace view of the city with several interesting sculptures to see. The hit of our visit was the large Edward Hopper (one of our favorites) selection from the permanent collection on view. Wonderful museum that offers something new every time we visit.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 February 2024
  • Robin B
    Phoenix, Arizona1,425 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go on a free Friday night
    We took advantage of free Friday nights at the museum. You must still reserve your tickets in advance and they go fast. I have mixed feelings about this museum. I really like some of the art and if there is a particular exhibition you want to see, definitely go. The roof top offers beautiful views of New York. That said, they seem to have a lot of rules and are a little heavy handed in enforcing them. They inspect purses and backpacks, which is okay, but as I started to walk up to a security guard, who was free, I was told by another to “stay where [I] was.” Meanwhile the other security guard continue to wave me forward. I told him the other guard told me to stay put, and by his attitude I felt that somehow I was the one being difficult about getting my purse inspected. You may enter 15 minutes before your scheduled time, but not one minute earlier we discovered. Another employee who was running the elevator had a meltdown because a patron pushed the elevator buttons. They need to lighten up all around to make the experience a little more enjoyable.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 June 2024
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Bi-coaster
Bradenton, FL1,273 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
We always enjoy going to the Whitney and even with the Covid-19 requirements, this visit was no exception. We had tickets for the opening time and the short line moved very quickly. We headed to the 8th floor to see “Dawoud Bey: An American Project,” photos taken over several decades, mostly of Black life in various U.S. cities. From a residency in Syracuse, NY to portraits of teens in San Francisco and elsewhere, Bey gave presence and voice to everyday life for some Blacks. Well worth a visit!
Written 11 May 2021
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El Turista John
New York City, NY5,191 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Not sure what else there is to say. The Whitney is filled with so much interesting and thought-provoking pieces of art covering so many mediums in such a well constructed/designed exhibition space. Truly a great trip through American Art from the last 2 centuries. I really enjoyed Georgia O’Keeffe’s and Edward Hopper’s paintings, but it was Liza Lou’s Kitchen that drew the most attention from museum visitors...and deservedly so. Wow! The special exhibit “Vida Americana” (through 17 May) was the piece de resistance of my visit. With masterworks by José Clemente Orozco, Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros, this exhibit explores the influence these Mexican masters had on early 20th century American Art. The exhibit also included some standout Frida Kahlo. The Whitney is well worth a visit; I know I’ll visit it again!!
Written 29 February 2020
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5,809 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
I’m giving this museum 4 stars instead of 3.5 for a couple reasons. One, it’s not their fault that I don’t care for some modern art. Two, they had a whole floor closed, as new exhibits were being installed.

The Whitney, which focuses on American art, has eight floors, with floor four and two being inaccessible to patrons. Five was closed when I visited, as I mentioned previously.

On floor 8, there was a large black photography exhibit, which I enjoyed. On the floors below were parts of the permanent collection, spanning decades, and well as folk art. On the third floor, there is a very small photography exhibit—one wall.

I feel like they don’t display enough of their permanent collection. I feel it’s a gargantuan building, but isn’t maximizing its space. The pieces from the permanent collection were more enjoyable to me than the special exhibits.

And while some museums inundate and smother patrons with words, I feel the Whitney doesn’t offer enough background on pieces, making everything seem disconnected. When I know a little more about the piece, I’m prone to experience deeper emotions and a connection with the piece and the art.

They did have a nice Edward Hopper exhibit that I enjoyed.

The first floor exhibit focused on gay life, love, and relationships. Wasn’t my favorite art style, but I appreciated the content.

There is a small museum store that has tons of art books.

The exhibitions change, so sometimes I might enjoy it more than others. And again, they don’t have to cater to my style or preferences. But so far, this is my least memorable of all of the museums I’ve visited in NYC.

Go if you have time, but don’t prioritize it. It only took me an hour. It might push to 1.5 hours if all floors are open. Maybe make it part of a day if you’re exploring Chelsea or Hudson yards.
Written 11 February 2021
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BeachStone2C
Helsinki, Finland2,627 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Whitney offers multi-floor exhibitions for American art. There are tours available at each floor. Free WiFi and free storage for coats and bags. There are no classical and historical masterpieces but as the name indicates later times American art.
Written 18 January 2020
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We're happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit to the Whitney! We look forward to having you back.
Written 5 February 2020
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA510 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
I came by here on a Friday night to visit the biennial exhibit "Quiet As It's Kept" which was a thought provoking and unique experience. I went to the top floor, which had beautiful views of chelsea and the hudson river, as well as some of the classic american art pieces including Andy Warhol. There was a tour guide interpreting some of the pieces as well which was really interesting to listen to!
Written 24 April 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
"The Whitney" as it is known specializes in American art. It moved into its new premises recently. You can take the High Line to the gallery. The Whitney has many genres of American art, including Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. It probably the world's most comprehensive collection of American art, particularly in the modern era.
Written 29 December 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
In the post World War II period, the centre of the world's art scene moved from Paris to New York. The Whitney collects American art; you can find no better accumulation of American art than the Whitney. Among the more notable movements are Pop Art, led by Andy Warhol, and Abstract Expressionism. These days, the Whitney often buys paintings before they are even finished.
Written 1 June 2021
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Farwriter
London, UK134 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
There were only 2 out of 8 floors open when I went. The staff at the front desk do make you aware of this before you pay, but if you choose to go in it is still full price entry ($30) which felt a little steep when there wasn't very much to see. A temporary exhibition about some early computer drawing software was interesting even though the art wasn't to my taste. There is then one floor with items from the permanent collection - a complete mix of styles and eras. My favourite thing was the Alexander Calder circus exhibit with the ingenious little wire figures performing on the trapeze etc, and the accompanying video of Calder demonstrating them. I could have watched that for hours.
Written 17 March 2024
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The Whiney is in the meatpacking district. You can walk there easily, along the elevated railway. The Whitney shows American art, it is one of the best galleries in New York, The collection includes Andy Wharhol's pop art and the defining works of the Abstract Expressionism movement, which began in New York. The Whitney did much to establish New York as the artistic capital of the world. I had great joy viewing the collection, it was a marvellos experience.
Written 14 September 2021
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
The Whitney Museum of American Art is in the Meatpacking District. You can walk there on the Highline. The new Whitney is a magnificent structure, it houses the world's greatest collection of American art. Schools where New York is strong, such as Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism are well represented. These days, the Whitney often buys works of art from the creator before the the work is even finished. The Whitney is a "must see" for any art lover.
Written 7 March 2022
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