About the Whitney:
First opened in 1931, The Whitney is perhaps the most important museum dedicated to American art and artists. Their collection spans both twentieth century and contemporary American art, with a particular emphasis on the work of living artists. The signature Biennial exhibition showcases work created within the previous two years by invited artists, uniquely highlighting recent developments in American art.
Whitney Museum Essential Info:
Address: 945 Madison Avenue (between 75th Street)
Phone: (800) WHITNEY
Subway: 6 to 77th Street
Whitney Museum Admission:
Visitors 19-25: $12
Full-time Students: $12
Seniors (62+): $12
Members and children 18 and under: Free
Admission included with the New York Pass
Whitney Museum Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 1 - 9 p.m. (Pay-what-you-wish 6 - 9 p.m.)
Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & New Year's Day
What You Should Know About Visiting The Whitney:
- Visitors to the Whitney can enjoy free tours of the collection and exhibitions daily.
Untitled is the museum's cafe and it's open to both Museum visitors and non-Museum guests. The menu is coffee-shop cuisine, but with an emphasis on local ingredients.
Hours: Monday & Tuesday closed; Wednesday & Thursday 11 am – 6 pm; Friday 11 am - 9 pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 6 pm
- If you're visiting with children, check out their advice on visiting with your family, as well as tips for looking at art together.
More About the Whitney Museum of American Art:
After the Metropolitan Museum of Art refused her endowment and collection, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney established the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1930 to house the collection of over 500 works of art by American artists that she had acquired beginning in 1907. After outgrowing several different locations, the museum established its current home on Madison Avenue designed by Marcel Breuer in 1966. Read more about the history of the Whitney Museum.
In 2015, the Whitney Museum will move to a new home in the Meatpacking District with 50,000 square feet of indoor gallery space and 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space.