The Whitney Museum of American Art is the world's leading museum of 20th-century and contemporary art of the United States. Focusing particularly on works by living artists, the Whitney is celebrated for presenting important exhibitions and for its renowned collection, which comprises over 21,000 works by more than 3,000 artists. With a history of exhibiting the most promising and influential artists and provoking intense debate, the Whitney Biennial, the museum's signature exhibition, has become the most important survey of the state of contemporary art in the United States.
What are the best times to visit? Generally, the Whitney is quieter close to its opening time at 10:30am. Those with a limited budget might opt for Friday evenings between 7 and 9:30pm, when admission is pay what you wish. The museum stays open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Crowds tend to thin out as the evening wears on.
What are some of the important works in the Whitney’s collection? The Whitney has more than 3,000 Hopper works, many of them sketches and drawings; Early Sunday Morning and A Woman in the Sun are two of the most famous canvases. Other seminal pieces include Chuck Close’s portrait of musician Philip Glass; Jasper Johns’ Three Flags, showing an overlay of three American flags; and Alexander Calder’s minutely detailed Circus.
Is there anywhere to eat? Try chef Danny Meyer’s Untitled, a glass-walled restaurant on the ground floor of the building. The same team runs the museum’s Studio Café, on the eighth floor, which serves lighter fare.
Does the Whitney offer kid-friendly programming? The museum has an extensive range of activities for children, including sketching tours and open studios, during which kids make artworks based on those they’ve seen in the galleries. For more information, visit whitneymuseum.org.