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The new Whitney Museum of American Art

The new Whitney Museum of American Art

Address 99 Gansevoort Street; NY 10014
between West and Washington Street
Neighbourhood Meatpacking District | See on map
Subway 8 Av-14 St [A, C, E, L]
Telephone +1 212 570 3600
Website http://whitney.org/
Price USD 22 (Pay what you wish Fridays after 19:00)
Hours Wed-Mon 10:30-18 (Thurs-Sat until 22)

If you’re visiting New York mainly for the museums and cultural attractions, then the Whitney is not to be missed. Opened in 1931 and dedicated to works produced in the US or by Americans abroad, that means a lot of Rothko, Koons, O’Keeffe, Pollock, Warhol and Hopper, in addition to a slew of contemporary artists.

Shows tend to be more edgy than anything you’d see at the Guggenheim or MoMa. Its permanent collection holds over 20,000 pieces by some 2,000 artists but the museum’s reputation rests mainly on its temporary shows, particularly the exhibition everyone loves to hate – the Whitney Biennial. But is it art?, you can ask yourself every two years.

The building itself is another reason to visit. The museum’s new home in the Meatpacking District was designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano and has doubled the gallery space available and also added restaurants and some gorgeous outdoor spaces. Even if you aren’t into the art, you’ll enjoy the views of the High Line or the sleek Danny Meyer eatery.