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Whitney Museum of American Art

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Address: 99 Gansevoort St, New York City, NY 10014
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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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Great on a nice weather day

Seems strange to mention the weather when talking about a museum, but for me, the main attraction of this building, which you're not really aware of before you go in, is the blend... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2016
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Reviewed 22 December 2016

It's a beautiful building with nice outdoor spaces and a good cafe. But, unless you are a true hard core lover of modern art, I would recommend that you skip the Whitney. The building isn't close to other major tourist attractions so you'll probably have to make a concerted effort to get over there. Also, while it's undeniable that they... More 

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Compared to the other museums in the city, this one falls short. There were several different exhibitions going on while I visited. I really enjoyed the Dreamlands exhibit, but wasn't overly impressed with any of the others. I'm not much of an art lover though. It was a bit of a trek to get to and wasn't much else close... More 

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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Seems strange to mention the weather when talking about a museum, but for me, the main attraction of this building, which you're not really aware of before you go in, is the blend of indoor and outdoor areas. Each floor has exits onto an outdoor terrace, and each of those terraces has a different attraction of sculptures, design, and great... More 

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Reviewed 19 December 2016

incredible and always changing exhibits. the outside terraces offer spectacular views of the city. a great way to start your journey on the high line.

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

We were eager to visit the Whitney since it has received rave reviews in its new location. Unfortunately, my wife and I, as well as the friend with us all felt disappointed. The Whitney may have a great collection of modern American art, but prefers to display it quite sparingly in special exhibits, such as the collection of portraits on... More 

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

New setup at the end of the highline. Mostly a portrait exhibition. Some of the new expositions were interesting, but lacked the wow factor. There are much better museuns in town.

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Reviewed 16 December 2016

Impressive from the outside, we were largely disappointed by the Whitney. That may well say more about us than the museum, however the Herrera exhibition left us scratching our heads and reaching for our set square and protractor. Some the other exhibitions left us cold too. There's a painting looking out from the penthouse of 432 Park Avenue - couldn't... More 

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Reviewed 16 December 2016

It was our first visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art in its new location. It has reopened over two years ago but neither its location nor reviews were appealing enough to induce us to make a trip. Finally we did and, most likely, that one will be the last unless a temporary show might induce us to make... More 

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Reviewed 15 December 2016

The Whitney was an unfulfilling museum experience. Architecturally, this is a flop of Renzo Piano. Impressive on the exterior especially on approach by boat or plane, but inside it's obtuse, clunky and ill fitting for much of the collection. The Carmen Herrera show admittedly was first-rate and well displayed. The museum's great collection of early 20th century paintings is not... More 

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Reviewed 14 December 2016

The Whitney has become the hippest museum if not the hippest place in New York since moving to the Meatpacking District. Just take a stroll down the High Line and exit at the final staircase and you are at the true masterpiece of architecture designed by Renzo Piano specifically for the art that the Whitney collects and displays. This new... More 

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