Whitney Museum of American Art is much more than just a collection of paintings. In fact, the museum is known for embracing art in all forms, such as installations and films, focusing on American art and artists, who are still alive. The museum has a very dynamic, almost hip, vibe, a bit like MoMA PS1, and even those of my friends who aren’t really into museums tend to like The Whitney.
A beautiful building in Meatpacking District provides the frames for the multistory museum, which in addition to light and airy indoor exhibition space also has outdoor terraces overlooking Meatpacking District and Hudson River. Further down south you can see the Freedom Tower and Financial District’s skyscraper skyline.
Unless you’re extraordinarily interested in art, 1-2 hours inside the museum would probably be sufficient, before it’s time to proceed outside and take in the marvelous views.
There are two restaurants at The Whitney, Untitled, and Studio Cafe. I haven’t yet dined at any of them, but I’ve heard that Untitled is nice.
General admission is $25, and you can order tickets online for no extra cost. This might be worth considering, as the lines to visit the museum can be very long sometimes.
On Fridays from 7-9:30 pm, the museum offer “Pay what you wish”-tickets.
After visiting the museum, I usually go for a walk along the High Line. There are stairs leading up to the park right outside the museum.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street (between West st & Washington St), Meatpacking District, New York