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Visiting the Museum

Are baby strollers allowed in the Museum?
Strollers are permitted in the collection galleries; however, certain exhibitions may have restrictions. Check the Visitor Policies page to see if there are any current restrictions. See the family section for more information on visiting with children.

Is there a restaurant at the Whitney?
Untitled, part of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group, offers a contemporary, farm-to-table take on the classic Manhattan coffee shop. The restaurant is located on the lower level of the Museum and is accessible during Museum hours.

Do I need a ticket for lectures, courses, concerts, and other programs?
A ticket or advance registration is required for some programs. Please check the Calendar & Events page for ticketing information by program.

Are there docent tours for exhibitions and if so when are they?
Yes. Information can be found on the Free Daily Tours page.

Is the Museum wheelchair accessible?
Yes, all galleries, restrooms, and the restaurant are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available free of charge at the coat check in the Museum Lobby. More information is available on the Access Services and Programs page.

Museum History

How do I find out more information about the Museum’s founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and her family?
A brief history of the Museum can be found on this site. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: A Biography (1978), written by B.H. Friedman, Rebels on Eighth Street: Juliana Force and the Whitney Museum of American Art (1990), by Avis Berman, and The Whitney Women and the Museum They Made: A Family Memoir (1999), by Flora Miller Biddle, are important books that document her life and family. Gertrude’s personal papers are held by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Washington, DC.

Where was the original Whitney Museum of American Art located?
The original Museum, opened in 1931, was located at 10 West 8th Street, New York. In 1954, the Museum relocated to 22 West 54th Street. The present location of the Whitney, 945 Madison Avenue, was designed by architect Marcel Breuer and completed in 1966. 

How can I find out more about the present Museum building and its architect, Marcel Breuer?
Breuer’s personal papers are held by two institutions: Syracuse University Library, Special Collections, and the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. A comprehensive book about Breuer’s work was written recently by Isabelle Hyman, Marcel Breuer, Architect: The Career and the Buildings. For other book titles, search the Whitney Library’s online catalogue, WhitneyCat, or visit your local library.




How can I find out about employment opportunities at the Whitney?
View the job postings page.

Can I rent space in the Museum for a private event or photo shoot?
The Museum is available for corporate event rentals and commercial film, video and photo shoots. Private rentals by individuals for parties, weddings, etc. are not possible.