Whitney Museum of American Art: A guide to the museum and art

A complete guide to the Whitney Museum of American Art: Find ticketing information and current exhibits. Plus, the best things to do nearby.

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Like the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum is set apart by its unique architecture: It’s a Marcel Breuer–designed grey granite cube with an all-seeing upper-story "eye" window. When Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor and art patron, opened the museum in 1931, she dedicated it to living American artists. Today, the Whitney Museum holds about 15,000 pieces by nearly 2,000 artists, including Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Edward Hopper (the museum holds his entire estate), Jasper Johns, Louise Nevelson, Georgia O’Keeffe and Claes Oldenburg. Still, the museum’s reputation rests mainly on its temporary shows, particularly the exhibition everyone loves to hate, the Whitney Biennial. Held in even-numbered years, the Biennial remains the most prestigious (and controversial) assessment of contemporary art in America. Untitled, the museum’s café, executes locavore tweaks on coffee-shop grub—soups, sandwiches, burgers and salads—plus all-day breakfast staples like pancakes, waffles and Stumptown coffee.



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    Installation view, Whitney Museum of American Art

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Whitney Museum of American Art

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Like the Guggenheim, the Whitney is set apart by its unique architecture: It’s a Marcel Breuer–designed grey granite cube with an all-seeing upper-story ‘eye’ window. When Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor and art patron, opened the museum in 1931, she dedicated it to living American

  1. 945 Madison Ave, (at 75th St), 10021
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Museums and attractions near the Whitney Museum

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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  1. 1000 Fifth Ave, (at 82nd St), 10028
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Central Park

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  • Free
  1. 59th St to 110th St, (between Fifth and Eighth Aves)
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Central Park Zoo

  • Rated as: 4/5
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  1. Southeast corner of Central Park,, (enter at Fifth Ave at 64th St)
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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

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  1. 1071 Fifth Ave, (at 89th St)
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Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 2 E 91st St, (at Fifth Ave)
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The Frick Collection

  • Price band: 2/4
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  1. 1 E 70th St, (between Fifth and Madison Aves)
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Museum of the City of New York

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  1. 1220 Fifth Ave, (between 103rd and 104th Sts)
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