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Whitney Museum of American Art

A real New York gem, the Whitney houses the most comprehensive collection of American artworks from the 20th century to the modern day, with a focus on works by living artists. Located in a starkly industrial but beautiful Marcel Breuer-designed Bauhaus building in an otherwise grungy area of the Big Apple, there’s something of a renegade feel to the exposed concrete and vast ceilings that crackles with artistic innovation.

Dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting, the Whitney’s signature exhibition is the Biennial, which surveys and documents the most recent developments in American art and acts as a cultural barometer for the entire art world. The Whitney also hosts a lively series of exhibitions, performances, and films from American luminaries and influencers past and present – think Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. It is also rather telling that artists including Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, and Cindy Sherman hosted their first museum retrospectives here.

And when your appetite for the aesthetic is sated, head to Untitled, Danny Meyer’s ultra-cool oak-panelled basement dining experience.



Eat & Drink

Whitney Museum of American Art


Untitled is a unique, upmarket take on the American diner and coffee shop by Danny Meyers’ well-known Union Square Hospitality Group, who also have two cafes in the MoMA. The naturally lit open space seamlessly fits into the modern museum designed by Marcel Breuer. The ingredients are local and transformed into some delicious burgers, pancakes, and omelettes. You can also eat at the fully functioning bar.

Wednesday – Thursday 11.00 – 18.00
Friday 11.00 – 21.00
Saturday – Sunday 10.00 – 18.00


Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum Store

The Whitney’s small shop escapes the generic museum label through its cigarette dispenser, which sells 20-pack-sized artworks for under $7. Buy a token from the counter and go home with a memento in the form of a piece of art. Make sure that you have an extensive browse through the books and American artist-inspired merchandise including t-shirts, jewellery and homeware.

Wednesday – Thursday 11.00 – 18.00
Friday 13.00 – 21.00
Saturday – Sunday 11.00 – 18.00

Destination Ranking

  • 13 Overall
    • 52 Exhibitions & Programming
    • 28 Architecture & Spatial Design
    • 14 Eat & Drink
    • 44 Shop
    • 25 Digital Experience

General information


Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York




00 1 212 570 3600

Opening Hours

Wednesday – Thursday 11.00 – 18.00
Friday 13.00 – 21.00
Saturay – Sunday 11.00 – 18.00

General Admission

$ 8

Getting There

Subway: 77 St (4, 6)

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