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Whitney Museum of American Art

Browse more than 21,000 paintings, sculptures, photos and other modern artistic works in this innovative complex that celebrates living artists.

The renowned Whitney Museum of American Art has a sleek modern design and overlooks the Hudson River. Founded by a socialite and art patron in 1931, the museum has developed a focus on American art from the 20th and 21st centuries. Stroll past the various displays across many floors to grapple with contemporary U.S. art.

Admire the innovative appearance of the large building, which has a jumbled design. Its floors are like glass puzzle pieces stacked together. See the structure at night, when it seems to come alive, with its well-lit glass outline reflected in the Hudson River.

Embark on a free guided tour of the museum for a comprehensive understanding of its exhibits. The institution also has multimedia guides with opinions and statements on the works from the artists and curators. Browse the various temporary exhibitions which change throughout the year. Themes range from human interest portraits and modern works to cinematic experiments and societal issues.

Admire the artistic treasures in the permanent exhibits, consisting of films, videos, prints and additional traditional media. The gallery displays the works of more than 3,000 artists. See pieces by such masters as Edward Hopper and Maurice Prendergast.

Take a break from the artworks with a meal at Untitled restaurant on the ground floor. Relax with snacks and refreshments on the eighth-floor Studio Café.

Save money by booking tickets in advance and get discounts for seniors and students. Members and those under 18 can visit for free. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday from morning until early evening. Note that it stays open until late on Fridays and Saturdays and is closed on Tuesdays.

The Whitney Museum of American Art is between the areas of Greenwich and Chelsea in Lower Manhattan, several miles south of Central Park, on the eastern flank of the Hudson River. Walk here within 10 to 15 minutes from several subway stops. Make sure to see nearby sights, such as the Ground Zero Museum Workshop, the Joyce Theater, the High Line park and the Chelsea Market.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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    11 East 31st Street, New York, NY
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Midtown, this boutique hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Empire State Building, Madison Square Park and Macy's. 33 St. Station (Park Av. S) is only a 4-minute walk and 28 St. Station (Park Av. S) is 5 minutes.

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      50 W 36th St, New York, NY
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Midtown, this hotel is steps away from Empire State Building, 5th Avenue and Macy's. Times Square and New York Public Library are also within 10 minutes. 34 St. Station (Herald Square) is only a 4-minute walk and 42 St. - Bryant Pk. Station is 6 minutes.

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          Incentra Village Hotel

          32 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Greenwich Village, this guesthouse is within a 10-minute walk of Bleecker Street, Chelsea Market and Whitney Museum of American Art. The High Line Park and 5th Avenue are also within 15 minutes. 8 Av. Station (W 14th St.) and 14 St. Station (8th Av.) are within a 5-minute walk.

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            The Jane Hotel

            The Jane Hotel

            113 Jane St, New York, NY
               
              2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Gansevoort Meatpacking

              18 9th Avenue at 13th street, New York, NY
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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                The Standard High Line

                848 Washington St, New York, NY
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Greenwich Village, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Whitney Museum of American Art and The High Line Park. Chelsea Market and Bleecker Street are also within 10 minutes. 8 Av. Station (W 14th St.) is 9 minutes by foot and 14 St. Station (8th Av.) is 9 minutes.