Whitney Museum of American Art

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After nearly 50 years in its Marcel-Breur-designed building on Madison Avenue at 75th Street, the Whitney Museum decamped in 2015 to a brand new home in Lower Manhattan's Meatpacking District, conceived by international starchitect Renzo Piano. Planted at the foot of the Highline along Ganesvoort Street, the new Whitney building boasts some 63, 000 square feet of both indoor and outdoor exhibition space. Founded in 1931 by sculptor and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt, the Whitney is dedicated to presenting the work of American artists. Its collection 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.

Venue name: Whitney Museum of American Art
Address: 99 Gansevoort St
New York
Cross street: between Tenth Ave and Washington St
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Sun 10:30am–6pm; Thu–Sat 10:30am–10pm
Transport: Subway: L to Eighth Ave (14th St); A, C, E to 14th St (Eighth Ave)
Price: $22; seniors, students $18; 18 and under free
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Chloe W

I went to the Whitney during their Pay What You Want Fridays and the trip was definitely worth the trip to the Meatpacking district.  Going during the evening is a perfect time, as you can watch the sun set over the Hudson and great a great view of the Meatpacking District's lights. The current portrait exhibit is excellent (there are many art styles that everyone can appreciate), and spending some time on the outdoor deck looking at the sculptures is makes you really appreciate being in NYC.

Adam V

Really wonderful - making the Whitney super relevant again. Great location, beautiful architecture, interacts and plays with the museum, it's location in the city (parks, and hotels, nearby), and makes American art relevant to city life. Opening events and exhibitions drew attention, and the quality and variety of curation stood up to expectations. A lot to see and enjoy, great cultural space with amazing works of art of many different types, times and media. Really enjoyed the experience, spent most of a day working my way down the building - excited to see what rotating exhibits will be housed here, and the gift shop and restaurant were pleasant touches (though the outside areas of the museum are a better place to spend time - watching the highline or the standard hotel). Really recommended.

Christa Sully

As far as musesums go, I'm usually more of a "Museum of Natural History" kinda gal, but I went to The Whitney last week for the first time and loved it. 

I thought the exhibits were entertaining, thought-provoking, interactive and modern enough without me having the question what the hell I'm looking at. I definitely want to see some of the upcoming exhibits too, so I'll be back during the summer, especially to enjoy the rooftop.

Also, very important: the cafe on the top floor serves one of the best chocolate chip cookies. Do not miss this. I repeat, you must get a cookie. That alone is worth the trip ;) 


Surely a victory for the city. Incredible exhibition space which nails it: purpose-built decks giving great views of New York, accessible location, powerful collection of twentieth century genius (Bellows, Hopper, Rothko). Hell, the building itself is beautiful.

Warwick W

 An essential cultural hotspot for anyone living or visiting  New York

- Its in the heart of the Meatpacking District 

- Combine it with a walk along the highline - you won't be disappointed.

- The building is as impressive as the art within.

- I went mid afternoon for a couple of hours mid week - I was able to browse all the floors without being pushed around by the weekend crowds. 

- The views are awesome too, and an added bonus. 

- Combined it with long brunch just around the corner at Bubby's - look it up!

You must go. 


Jillian Anthony

This is the hot new museum to visit right now and the very long lines, especially on the weekend, show it. But the wait is worth it! I went in the first two weeks it was open with my mom in tow, as it makes a lovely visit for out-of-towners and locals alike. It's right in the heart of the Meatpacking District with plenty of restaurants, bars, shopping and art galleries to browse through and it's steps away from the High Line. Every floor has incredible outdoor overlooks with expansive views of the city and the Hudson River. The inaugural exhibit was a history lesson in NYC art—I was especially captivated by the artworks made at the height of the AIDS crisis, a powerful reminder of the past and the continued fight for basic human rights. 


I finally visited the new Whitney Museum this weekend, and wow, the new building is impressive. For the inauguration, a single exhibit “America Is Hard to See” takes over all 8 floors. Beware, many people are thinking the same thing (I must visit the Whitney), and the lines, at least on the weekend, extend out the door. After you get your ticket though, the rest of the museum experience is tranquil and surprisingly not overwhelmingly crowded. You start at the top floor and work your way down. Don’t forget to step out on the many balconies on each floor to get beautiful views of the city as well as the Hudson.