The Museum was founded in 1930 by Gertrude Vandelbilt Whitney, an American sculptor, art patron and collector of over 500 works of art at the beginning of the century. She decided to open her own museum when the Metropolitan Museum refused to include her collection in their art compilation.
The current building was designed by the Hungarian architect Marcel Breuer and was opened in 1966. The museum is built with cement and grey granite and has an impressive façade.
The museum has five floors and the fifth floor is where you’ll find the permanent exhibition. The three intermediate floors are home to temporary expositions.
Among the most famous art work is an ample collection of Edward Hopper’s paintings and several paintings by Kooning, Demuth or Andy Warhol.
For Contemporary Art Lovers
There are so many fascinating museums and sightseeing to do, that if you’re not a modern art lover, this museum can be a little disappointing. For visitors that aren’t art fans, the best part of the museum is its façade.
From Wednesday to Monday: 10:30am to 6pm (Friday and Saturday until 10 pm)
Thanksgiving, 25th of December, 1st of January: Closed
Students and seniors: $18
Youth (under 18 years old): Free entrance