Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort Street
New York, New York

Chelsea/Meatpacking

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

See bold, often interactive modern contemporary art in a gorgeous modern building with a stunning view of the Hudson River.

$: $22, $18/students & seniors, free/ages 17 & under

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:

Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art (through Sep 3)
Explore the conceptual frameworks inherited from, and also still alive in, Indigenous groups in Mexico and South America that include the Quechua, Aymara, Maya, Aztec, and Taíno, among others through the work of seven emerging Latinx artists based in the United States and Puerto Rico: william cordova, Livia Corona Benjamín, Jorge González, Guadalupe Maravilla, Claudia Peña Salinas, Ronny Quevedo, and Clarissa Tossin. Their works investigate the complex relationship that indigenous and vernacular notions of construction, land, space, and cosmology have had in the history of modern and contemporary art and architecture in the Americas.

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light (through Nov 25)
See modernist works in a range of “painting” materials, from fluorescent light and plexiglass to metallic flakes, glass microspheres, and clay. Mary Corse’s first solo museum survey features her early shaped canvases, freestanding sculptures, and light encasements that she engineered in the mid-1960s, her breakthrough White Light paintings and the Black Earth series.

Where We Are: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900–1960 (through Dec 31)
This stunning exhibition of works made from 1900 to 1960 is organized around five themes: family and community, work, home, the spiritual, and the nation. Includes iconic works by Louise Bourgeois, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Jacob Lawrence, and Georgia O’Keeffe, among many others.

Family Programs: Short family tours and drop-in Open Studios are offered most weekends.

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. Check out the monthly stroller tours for ages 18 months and under.

Eat & Treats: The lobby restaurant Untitled is delicious, surprisingly kid-friendly and has one of the best chocolate chip cookies in the city. Brunch at Bubbes across Washington Street or go down the block for ton of yummy options at Gansevoort Market.

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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