In early 2015, the Whitney opened the doors of its fabulous new Renzo Piano–designed building in the Meatpacking District, between the High Line (New York's beloved elevated park) and the Hudson River. Founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's talent and taste were accompanied by the money of two wealthy families, and the Whitney Museum of Art's collection has always been known for its bold works of 20th- and 21st-century contemporary American art. The new museum has 8 floors (6 accessible to the public) with more than 50,000 square feet of state-of-the-art gallery space, as well as 13,000 square feet of outdoor space with views of the Hudson River, Downtown, and the Meatpacking District. After the opening of the Whitney's new building, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will present exhibitions and special programs at the Whitney's old location for at least eight years.
The galleries house rotating exhibitions of postwar and contemporary works from the permanent
collection by artists such as Jackson Pollock, Jim Dine, Jasper Johns, Mark Rothko, Chuck Close, Cindy Sherman, and Roy Lichtenstein.
Notable pieces often on view include Hopper's Early Sunday Morning (1930), Bellows's Dempsey and Firpo (1924), Alexander Calder's beloved Circus, and several of Georgia O'Keeffe's dazzling flower paintings.
The outdoor terraces on floors 6, 7, and 8 are connected by extrerior stairs and have rotating exhibits as well as stunnings views.
TipsStart your visit at the top, on the eighth floor, and work your way down via the outdoor terraces, the interior stairs, or the elevators, which usually house works of art as well.
Free tours of the collection and current exhibitions are offered daily; check the website for more information.
The Untitled restaurant on the ground floor and the Studio Cafe on the 8th floor are run by Danny Meyer's Union Square Hospitality Group.
After 7 pm on Friday the price of admission is pay-what-you-wish.