Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort Street
New York, New York
Chelsea

Sunday, Monday & Wednesday 10:30 am - 6 pm
Thursday - Saturday 10:30 am - 10 pm
Closed Tuesday

Bold modern contemporary art that engages all ages, now in a gorgeous new building with a stunning view of the Hudson River.

$: $22, $18/students & seniors, free/kids under 18

Annual Memberships: $85+. Includes two guest passes and invitations to the members-only evening receptions. Can be customized to either 'Family' for discounts on kids' activities or 'Social' for more nights out for Mommy.

Free Hours: Friday 7-10 pm

Favorite Spots: Ramble up and down the outdoor stairs on the terrace with a view.

Current Kid-Friendly Exhibits:


Jimmie Durham: At the Center of the World (through Jan 28)

American Indian artist and activist Jimmie Durhamombines found objects and natural materials and incorporates text to expose Western-centric views and prejudices hidden in language, objects, and institutions. Calling himself an “interventionist,” Durham is oftentimes critical in his analysis of society but with a distinctive wit that is simultaneously generous and humorous. See through-provoking sculpture, drawing, collage, photography, video, and performance created from 1970 to the present.


Laura Owens (through Feb 4)

See Los Angeles–based artist Laura Owens bold and experimental work that challenges traditional assumptions about figuration and abstraction, as well as the relationships among avant-garde art, craft, pop culture, and technology.


Toyin Ojih Odutola: To Wander Determined (through Feb 25)

Toyin Ojih Odutola presents an interconnected series of fictional portraits, chronicling the lives of two aristocratic Nigerian families. These life-size, intimate drawings of enigmatic and mysterious figures explore the complexity and malleability of identity.

Strollers/Diapers: Strollers can be checked on the lower level or taken into most exhibits. The elevators are spacious (and works of art in themselves). Large bathrooms with changing tables on most floors.

Eat & Treats: The lobby restaurant Untitled is delicious, surprisingly kid-friendly and has one of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city.

Other Tips: As with much contemporary art, some of the exhibits may not be appropriate for all ages. Do some research on Whitney's very cool website or ask at the Visitor Services desk in the lobby (where you can also pick up a free family guide). Take a stroll on the adjacent High Line for a full day of city fun.

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