The Whitney Museum was founded by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, who opened her own museum in 1931 after the Metropolitan Museum of Art declined her donation of nearly 700 works of American art that she had collected.
The museum has acquired more works since then, making it one of the most comprehensive and impressive collections of 20th century American art.
Among many other artists, the Whitney exhibits artwork by Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollack, and Andy Warhol. The museum can be seen in just a few hours. It has a contemporary feel and features media installations in addition to paintings and other more traditional art forms.
Location and Directions
Address: 945 Madison Ave at 75th St (See New York City Museums Map)
By subway, take the 6 train to 77th Street and walk 2 blocks south and 2 blocks east. By bus, take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 to 74th Street.