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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 - 22:00
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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 friend recommended that we visit this museum. It is now my favorite museum. The museum itself is a work of art. Everything about it invites you in and makes you want to stay... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 October 2016
Angleton, TX
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Angleton, TX
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

A friend recommended that we visit this museum. It is now my favorite museum. The museum itself is a work of art. Everything about it invites you in and makes you want to stay awhile. We took a coffee break at the cafe upstairs. The staff there was attentive and extremely hospitable. And they have the BEST museum shop ever!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Our five year old guide said it was in museum mile, so it's lucky we found it had moved! Now in the meat packer district on the Hudson, in a stunning building with equally stunning views. Currently focusing on portraiture which means no Pollock or Twombley (they can wait till we're back in Londonwhere the Abstract Expressiosts are on) and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This isn't the Met or Frick. 6 floors of "modern" art. I'm not a fan but we wanted to see it. Think it's true that "art" is in the eye of the beholder. Wonderful newer facility that is well organized and spacious, also has access to outdoor patios on some of the floors. Also has a café which we didn't... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

On arriving in New York, we had a few hour to kill before checking-in to our hotel. After shedding our luggage, enjoying coffee & good eats at the Chelsea Market, the Whitney was the perfect stop for a couple of art lovers. Its exhibits were thoughfully compiled. The building affords stunning views of the City, and its restaurant and wine... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great location, close to highline, and great building. The collection is not so interesting. Look for the temporary exibitions. Price ticket not so cheap (discount with the city pass).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I was there since 1:00PM to 4:30 PM and I only got to see two floors . Is a must when in New York. I have to go back at least two more times to be able to finish seeing everything....By then I can keep going back since there will be new things to see...There is a hotel next door... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Better than their uptown version was, if that is possible. Floors of different exhibits, from modern art to portraiture to cartoons. Outdoor seating areas add to the atmosphere. Breathtaking views of the Hudson, New York City skyline and the New Jersey skyline.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Beautiful, modern building housing an excellent contemporary collection of modern art works. Untitled is a lovely little restaurant on the first floor.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The new Whitney Museum is such a wonderful treat in so many respects. It's new neighborhood in the old Meat District has a wonderful vibe, with great eateries, shops and attractions. Just outside its door is the Highline, which extends aboveground all the way through Chelsea and beyond. And the museum itself offers wonderful views of New York City on... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is a magnificent building designed by Renzo Piano, with nice terraces and great views of Chelsea and the river, with a remarkable collection of contemporary american art. The Portraits exhibition was mind-blowing.

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