Whitney Museum of American Art

99 Gansevoort Street
New York, NY 

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See bold and modern contemporary art in a very cool building. Crafty kids can get inspiration from striking oversized works using weaving, sewing, textiles, thread, clay, beads, and glass. Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019. Be awed by detailed epic murals in Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art (through some kids may need to look out for violent/disturbing imagery).  See luminous, abstract images of transcendence in Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist.

Precautions include updated circulation routes and limited elevator capacity. All visitors, including members, must book timed tickets in advance. Tickets are Pay What You Wish through September 28. Annual memberships start at $81 and include perks like member-only hours Mon & Thurs 6 pm–7 pm and Sat & Sun 10:30 am–1 pm.

Great starting point for exploring the High Line.

Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept

Survey an intergenerational and interdisciplinary group of sixty-three artists and collectives whose dynamic works reflect the challenges, complexities, and possibilities of the American experience today. The fifth floor is brimming with  a mixture of painting, sculpture, video, sounds and more, while the sixth floor is dark and haunting. Look for sculptures of life-seize people and towering sparkly trees on the outdoor terrace.

Pick up a fun kids guide with prompts and activities at the front desk. See our guide to the Whitney.

Whitney Museum of American Art

See bold modern and contemporary American art in a very cool building.

* Find works by American icons Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Edward Hopper and the charming Calder’s Circus in The Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965. Discover works by women and artists of color in At the Dawn of a New Age: Early Twentieth-Century American Modernism, showcasing art produced between 1900 and 1930 by well-known American modernists and their now largely forgotten, but equally groundbreaking peers

* Enjoy stunning Hudson River & city views from the multi-floor terrace, which also has some cool sculptures as part of the expansive. eclectic Whitney Biennial 2022: Quiet as It’s Kept.

* The galleries are spacious and stroller-friendly; the elevators are slow but have fun art inside.

* Advanced timed tickets encouraged. Annual memberships start at $81 and include perks like member-only hours Mon & Thurs 6 pm–7 pm and Sat & Sun 10:30 am–1 pm.

🍽 Pick up sandwiches, salads, snacks, pastries, coffee, wine and excellent chocolate chip cookies at grab-and-go cafe in the ground floor with some outdoor seating. Eat from a sit-down menu of refreshing drinks and summer snacks new indoor/outdoor Studio Bar on the eighth floor.

🍽 More eating options and outdoor tables at nearby Chelsea Market or dine (and play ping pong) at The Standard Biergarten down the block.

🌳  The southern entrance to the High Line is next door or head west to Hudson River Park and Little Island.

🛍 Find well-designed books and toys at the small gift shop.

Monday–Thursday 10:30 am–6 pm
Friday 10:30 am–10 pm (pay-what-you-wish 7-10 pm)
Saturday & Sunday 11 am–6 pm

Whitney Museum Open Studio

All ages are invited to get creative in the Laurie M. Tisch Education Center. Make wn art inspired by works on view in the collection and current exhibitions. Each week is a different artmaking project.

See our complete guide to the Whitney Museum.