Named after its founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, the Whitney Museum of American Art opened its doors in 1931. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney’s goal for the museum was to help the living artists of her time exhibit and sell their work. With a focus on 20th and 21st century art, the museum still maintains its original goal of showcasing art by living artist. In 2015 the museum reopened its doors in its newest redesigned location in the Meatpacking District. This hip and trendy neighborhood is also a great location for tourists to explore.
The Whitney Museum of American Art offers multimedia guides that allow visitors to get a first hand experience of the art on display from the artists who created them. Free guided tours are also offered daily. The museum is a great place for tourists to get a first hand experience of the contemporary American art on display.
The museum has over 21,000 paintings, sculptures, prints, and films created by over 3000 artists in its permanent collection. Both known and unknown living artists are represented in the museum’s collections.