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945 Madison Ave., nr. E. 75th St. (Upper East Side)
New York, NY
(1) 212-570-3676 | www.whitney.org
ATTRACTIONModern Art Museum
HOURS/TIMESWed.-Thurs.: 11:00am-6:00pm; Fri.: 1:00am-9:00pm; Sat.-Sun.: 11:00am-6:00pm; Mon.-Tue.: Closed; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day: Closed
PRICEAdults: USD 18; Young Adults (19-25), Students, and Seniors (62+): USD 12; Under-18's and Members: Free; Fri. 6:00pm-9:00pm: Free
POPULAR TIMESFree Friday evenings; weekends
RESERVE IN ADVANCEYes - strongly recommend booking tickets online at peak times
WAIT TIME WITHOUT RESERVATIONVaries; up to one hour at peak times
HIGHLIGHTSWorks by Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe, and Man Ray; the architecture
SUBWAY77th St. (6)
When the Met declined sculptor and art collector Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s gift of 700+ works of modern American art in 1931, she took matters into her own hands and founded the museum that is today the Whitney. Housed since 1966 in a powerful stone and concrete inverted pyramid by Marcel Breuer (it really stands out on its tiny Upper East Side block), the 18,000-strong collections cover 20th and 21st century American art and include works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe, Jasper Johns, and Mark Rothko. Peak season at the Whitney comes at the highly regarded Biennial, which focuses on the works of young and emerging artists.
GO HERE WITH
Modern art fans; a date; friends; family
WHY WE LIKE IT
It’s small compared with other modern art museums in the city, but it really packs a punch thanks to top-notch collections. Our favorite pieces are the early 20th century works, although the excellent curatorial work often wins us over to the more contemporary pieces too. We generally come mid-week when it’s not so crowded.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
The lines for popular exhibitions can be really long. Also, some fabulous pieces of the permanent collections occasionally aren’t on display, which can be disappointing.
GOOD TO KNOW
There’s a plethora of free daily tours available; check the website for details, as tour times change frequently. Backpacks, packages, small luggage, and laptops must be checked, and no food, drink, photography, or mobile phones are permitted in the gallery space. Danny Meyer’s group recently opened up a new coffee shop, Untitled. Also, the Whitney has decided that it will move to the Meatpacking District in May 2015; the groundbreaking for the new site took place in May 2011.
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