There are countless museums in New York City to keep any visitor busy; in fact, you could live for years in New York and never take in all of the art and culture the city has to offer. One of the city’s very best is the Whitney Museum of American Art (lovingly known as “the Whitney”), which is located on the border of the city’s West Village and the Meatpacking District.
If you are interested in twentieth century and contemporary American Art, then you shouldn’t miss the Whitney when you’re in New York. And, to make sure you get the most of your visit, it’s important to keep some helpful tips and tricks in mind before you go. Here are some good strategies to ensure you have an unforgettable visit to the Whitney.
Buy Tickets in Advance
Skip a long ticket line and book your tickets online in advance, the day before you go. That way, you can simply display your ticket from your purchase and enter, then get started exploring right away.
Take a Tour
Of course, you can wander through the exhibits yourself, but if you really want to understand and appreciate everything you’re seeing, take a tour. The Whitney offers a selection free tours of the museum every day, and you don’t need to make a reservation in advance.
Eat at Untitled
Make the most of your visit by eating in the Museum. There is a restaurant there called Untitled, and it serves lunch, brunch, and dinner. When your feet are tired of walking or you just need a chance to refuel so you can take in more art, go have a meal or snack. Then you’ll be ready to finish your day at the museum strong.
See the Best of the Best
If you don’t have much time at the Whitney, make sure you see the museum’s highlights. That way, you can ensure that you’ve seen the best of what their collection has to offer. There are many standout works in the museum, but some of the best include:
- George Bellows’ Dempsey and Firpo
- Alexander Calder’s Circus
- Georgia O’Keeffe’s Music, Pink and Blue No. 2, 1918
- Edward Hopper’s Early Sunday Morning
- Jasper Johns’ Three Flags
- Mark Rothko’s Four Darks in Red
Take Advantage of Pay What You Wish Hours
Every Friday from 7 to 10 p.m., the Whitney offers “Pay What You Wish” admission. This means that if you’re on a tight budget, you can go visit the museum and pay whatever you can afford (this also means that you can pay nothing at all). The museum tends to be more crowded during pay-what-you-wish hours, but it’s a good chance to take in some of the city’s best culture without feeling stressed about what you have to spend.
Leave and Walk on the High Line
The Whitney is in one of New York City’s most beloved areas — the Meatpacking District. It’s close to the High Line, which is an elevated walkway/boardwalk that offers stunning views, art, seating areas, and more. If you go to the Whitney on a beautiful day, make sure you explore the High Line when you leave. It’s a great opportunity to take in some of the city’s attractions, all at once.