The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, popularly known as "The Whitney", is considered to have the finest collection of 20th century American art in the world. Founded in 1931 by socialite and art patron Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, this impressive museum contains over 21,000 works of art that include paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, films, and new media. If you're interested in seeing the wide range of artwork created by American artists throughout the last century, it is well worth a visit.
Things to Do
- Explore the immense collection, which features works by artists such as Alexander Calder, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Willem de Kooning, and Man Ray.
- Check out their current exhibitions, which are constantly changed and could feature anything from photography to drawings.
- Take a free tour of the current exhibitions and the collection! You can learn more about daily tours included in the admission price here.
Whitney Museum of American Art Insider Tips
- When planning your visit, keep in mind that the museum is closed on Tuesdays. However, it does have extended hours until 10:00 p.m. each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
- Learn more about the artwork on display by picking up a multimedia guide, which includes special tours for children, adults, and a video tour in American Sign Language.
- If you're visiting New York City on a budget, visit the museum on Friday evening between 7:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., when they provide pay-what-you-wish admission tickets.