New York

United States

945 Madison Avenue
Phone: 212-570-3600

Whitney Museum Of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art is the leading advocate of 20th- and 21st-century American art. Founded in 1930, the Museum is regarded as the preeminent collection of American art and includes major works and materials from the estate of Edward Hopper, the largest public collection of works by Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, and Lucas Samaras, as well as significant works by Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Bruce Nauman, Georgia O'Keeffe, Claes Oldenburg, Kiki Smith, and Andy Warhol, among other artists. With its history of exhibiting the most promising and influential American artists and provoking intense debate, the Whitney's signature show, the Biennial, has become the most important survey of the state of contemporary art in America today.

Permanent Collection

The Whitney Museum houses one of the world's foremost collections of twentieth-century American art. The Permanent Collection of some 12,000 works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs—and is still growing. The Museum was founded in 1931 with a core group of 700 art objects, many of them from the personal collection of founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney; others were purchased by Mrs. Whitney at the time of the opening to provide a more thorough overview of American art in the early decades of the century. Mrs. Whitney favored the art of the revolutionary artists derisively called the Ashcan School, among them John Sloan, George Luks, and Everett Shinn, as well as realists such as Edward Hopper and American Scene painters John Steuart Curry and Thomas Hart Benton. Her initial gift, however, also comprised many important works by early modernists—Stuart Davis, Charles Demuth, Charles Sheeler, Max Weber, and others. Virtually all the works collected by the Museum for the next twenty years came through the generosity of Mrs. Whitney.
Although the Whitney's acquisition budget was always rather modest, the Museum made the most of its resources by purchasing the work of living artists, particularly those who were young and not well known. It has been a long-standing tradition of the Whitney to purchase works from the Museum's Annual and Biennial exhibitions, which began in 1932 as a showcase for recent American art. A number of the Whitney's masterpieces came from these exhibitions, including works by Arshile Gorky, Stuart Davis, Reginald Marsh, Philip Guston, and Jasper Johns. Even today, the Museum continues to en...+ [ Read all ]


February 23-April 27, 2008

March 6-June 1, 2008

Exhibitions (1)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

May 3-September 7, 2008

June 26-September 21, 2008

June 26-October 12, 2008

October 16, 2008-February 15, 2009


Adults $15.
Senior citizens (62 and over) and students with valid ID $10.
Members, New York City public high school students with valid student ID, and children under 12 free.
$6 admission for a one-day pass to the Kaufman Astoria Studios Film & Video Gallery only.
Advance or day-of-visit tickets may be purchased online or reserved without a service charge at the Museum Admissions Desk.

Opening hours

Monday–Tuesday Closed
Wednesday–Thursday 11 am–6 pm
Friday 1–9 pm (6–9 pm pay-what-you-wish admission)
Saturday–Sunday 11 am–6 pm

Getting there

Subway: 6 to 77th Street (walk two blocks west to Madison Avenue)
Bus: M1, M2, M3, M4 to 74th Street.


Free Audio Guides


The Whitney is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the coat check in the Museum Lobby. Induction Neckloop devices for the hard of hearing are available rom the Audio Guide desk in the lobby. Sign language interpreted tours take place on the second Friday of each month at 6.30 pm. Look for the Meeting Point sign. Should you require special access to the Museum that is currently not listed, please contact (212) 570 7721 (menu option 3), or e-mail to discuss the type of special access you may need for your visit. Contact us for more information about the Whitney Museum's accessibility policies or to give us your feedback and suggestions on accessibility at the Museum. Please click here for more information on accessibility.

Whitney Museum Store
Phone Number: (212) 570-3614
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11 am–4:30 pm
Wednesday–Thursday 11 am–6 pm
Friday 11 am-9 pm
Saturday-Sunday 11 am-6 pm

Sarabeth's Restaurant at the Whitney
Phone Number: (212) 570-3670
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11 am–3:30 pm (the café is closed)
Wednesday–Thursday 11 am–4:30 pm (the café opens at 11am)
Friday 11 am-4:30 pm (the café opens at 12:30 pm)
Saturday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm (the café opens at 10:30 am)

Museum internal and external photos (1)

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What are the levels of membership, and how would I become a member of the Whitney Museum of American Art?
Membership information can be found here, or by calling the Membership office at (212) 570-3641.

Are strollers allowed in the Museum?
Strollers are permitted in the galleries; however, certain exhibitions may have restrictions. For information on specific exhibitions, please call 1 (800)-WHITNEY.

How can I find out about employment opportunities at the Whitney?
We have a listing of employment opportunities and application procedures here.
What are the hours of Sarabeth’s Restaurant?
The hours for Sarabeth's Restaurant can be found here, or call 1 (800) WHITNEY. Sarabeth's does not take reservations. For more information, please call (212) 570-3670.

Do I have to make reservations for programs?
Advance tickets or registration are required for all of our public programs, including lectures, courses, and symposia, as well as educator, family, and youth programs. For general information about particular programs, i.e., family, teen, school, and adult public programs, go directly to the “Programs and Events” section, or listen to a recording of current programming at 800-WHITNEY.

Are there any tickets available for tonight’s lecture/performance?
To find out whether a lecture, event, or performance has sold out the day of, please call 1 (877) WHITNEY.

Do you provide docent tours for exhibitions and if so when are they?
We provide docent tours for most of our exhibitions when the Museum is open to the public. Please call 1 (800) WHITNEY to hear a complete listing of tours. D...+ [ Read all ]


Established in 1966, the Whitney Museum of American Art's Education Department is committed to exploring new approaches to education for all age groups and to developing interdisciplinary, multidimensional programs and materials. Educational programs and resources are designed to make the Whitney's world-renowned collection of American art and its comprehensive exhibition program accessible to multiple audiences with a wide range of interests and needs and to remain ever attentive to addressing the critical, historical, and contemporary issues of our increasingly complex, multicultural society.


Building on the idea of the Museum as an extension of the classroom, the Whitney's School and Educator Programs use art to form creative partnerships with schools and to enhance curriculum and encourage innovative classroom practices.


Family Programs at the Whitney use the Museum's collection and special exhibitions as the foundation for learning through a variety of interactive gallery tours and hands-on activities. Our programs are designed to encourage children and adults to observe, discuss, and explore art together while developing a sense of life-long experimentation, critical thinking, and creative expression in both the Museum and beyond. All Family Programs are led by Museum Educators who specialize in facilitating programs for intergenerational audiences.


The Whitney's public programs are designed to address key issues in twentieth-century and contemporary American art and culture for a general adult audience. Through these programs, the Museum offers a unique blend of new perspectives and well-known, established voices. Artists, architects, critics, writers, and scholars are invited to participate in a wide range of courses, lectures, conversations, seminars, symposia, performances, off-site gallery and architectural tours, readings, and special programs in the galleries that respond to exhibitions on view and to broader cultural trends.


Whitney Contemporaries: The Whitney Contemporaries is a dynamic group of art patrons between the ages of twenty-one and forty, committed to supporting the Whitney as the preeminent forum for American art of our time.

American Fellows: Join Barbara Haskell, the Whitney Museum of American Art's renowned curator of early twentieth-century art, on an exciting exploration of American art and culture from Edward Hopper to Jackson Pollock.

Director's Council: Join Adam D. Weinberg, Alice Pratt Brown Director of the Whitney Museum of American Art, on an exploration of the new frontiers of contemporary American art.

Corporate Partnerships:
By supporting the Whitney Museum of American Art as a corporate partner, your corporation will share in the Museum’s vision of collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the best in American art, while gaining access to numerous benefits available only to our corporate partners.

Charitable Giving: