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Joy of Museums

Museums, Art Galleries and Historical Sites

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

The Whitney Museum of American Art is an art museum in Manhattan which focuses on 20th- and 21st-century American art. Its permanent collection comprises more than 23,000 paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, films, videos, and artefacts of new media by more than 3,400 artists. It places particular emphasis on exhibiting the work of living artists as well as maintaining an extensive permanent collection of important pieces from the first half of the last century.

From 1966 to 2014, the Whitney was at 945 Madison Avenue on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The museum closed in 2014 to relocate to a new building in the West Village, Meatpacking District neighbourhoods of Lower Manhattan; it reopened at the new location in 2015. It was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), a wealthy American art patron after whom it is named.

A tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art

Whitney Museum of American Art

  • Name:                   Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Informal Name:    Whitney
  • City:                      New York City
  • Established:          1931
  • Type:                     Art Museum
  • Location:               99 Gansevoort Street, Lower Manhattan, New York City

A Tour of New York Museums

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“The modern world thinks of art as very important:
something close to the meaning of life.”

– Alain de Botton

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