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  • Address: 945 Madison Ave
  • Hours: Open 11 am - 6 pm on Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun. Open until 9 pm on Friday. Closed Monday & Tuesday, as well as Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days.
  • Admission: General, $18; ages 19–25 and 65+, $14; ages 18 and under, free.

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Whitney Museum of Art

The Whitney (as it’s locally known) was established in 1931 by sculptor and arts patron Getrude Vanderbilt Whitney when the Metropolitan Museum of Art rejected her personal collection of 600 avant-garde works of art. Originally arranged amongst a trio of Greenwich Village townhouses, the present Upper East Side incarnation of the Whitney is a granite cube with upside-down windows, designed by famed Modernist architect Marcel Breuer. The museum houses over 19,000 unique, modern and sometimes controversial works from the 20th and 21st centuries, many by still-living artists.

Especially renowned for its Whitney Biennial exhibition, which highlights the work of young and emerging artists, the museum is devoted to connecting under-the-radar artists with New York’s wealthiest and most influential art collectors. Held every two years in the spring, the Biennial often features huge sculpture displays that are mounted in nearby Central Park.

At present, architect Renzo Piano is creating a new home for the Whitney, on Gansevoort Street in the Lower West Side’s Meatpacking District. This new version of the museum, which is set to open in 2015, will mark the entrance to the High Line, a mile-long elevated greenway that repurposes an old stretch of the New York Central Railroad.

Practical Info:

Free docent-led tours of current exhibitions are offered daily, generally starting between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. On the museum’s lower level, a modern farm-to-table café, Untitled, is open the same hours as the museum; those coming here just to dine need not pay museum admission. 

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