Ticketing Information and Policies

Tickets may be purchased online until midnight the night before your visit. You will be asked to select an arrival time.

When you arrive, please have your ticket readily available. Follow the link in your confirmation email to print the barcode at home or to show it on your mobile device. Visitors who have purchased senior or student tickets may be asked to show identification to be admitted at the discounted price.

In Person
Same-day tickets may be purchased at the admissions desk during gallery hours up to thirty minutes before the Museum closes.

Doors open thirty minutes before the program begins. Ticket holders are guaranteed admission until the start of the program, at which time any unclaimed seats will be released.

Pay-What-You-Wish: Fridays, 7–10 pm
Pay-what-you-wish tickets are available at the admissions desk on Fridays, 7–9:30 pm. They may not be purchased in advance.

  • Service animals are welcome. Pets are not permitted in the Museum or restaurant.
  • Please do not touch the works of art on display. Even clean hands can damage surfaces.
  • Food and drink are prohibited in the galleries.
  • The use of charcoal, pastels, permanent markers, and watercolor or oil paint is prohibited in the galleries.
  • Unless otherwise noted, photography in the galleries is allowed for personal, non-commercial purposes only. The use of flash, tripods, and selfie sticks is prohibited.
  • The Museum does not accept luggage of any kind.
  • Backpacks smaller than 11 × 15 × 5 inches may be checked, or removed and carried while in the galleries. Larger backpacks must be checked.
  • Large umbrellas must be checked. Smaller umbrellas may be placed in a protective bag supplied by the Museum and carried.
  • Items that may not be accepted in the coat check include food and drink, bicycles, folding bicycles, sporting equipment, strollers, and luggage of any size.
  • Smoking and e-cigarettes are not permitted anywhere within the building.
  • Whitney staff and visitors have the right to an environment free from abusive, threatening, or inappropriate behavior. The Museum reserves the right to remove any person acting in an unacceptable or inappropriate manner.
  • Please note that visitors to the Museum may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By attending, you grant the Museum permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes. 
  • General admission tickets are valid for 1 entry to the Museum for the specified date and time reserved. Tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.
  • Weapons inside the Museum pose a potential threat to the safety and security of our visitors and employees, and firearms of any type are strictly prohibited at all times inside the Museum.

The Whitney offers complimentary admission to members, visitors 18 and under, and the following groups:

Corporate Partners
The Whitney offers complimentary admission to employees of the Museum's corporate partners through the general admission line, with valid staff identification.

Active Military and Veterans
The Museum offers complimentary admission to active members and veterans of the United States military with valid identification, and to military families with dependent cards. Tickets are available at the general admission desk.

Staff from Other Museums
Staff, volunteers, and interns from other museums may receive free admission for two with valid staff identification. Staff from sites and monuments are not eligible.

International Council of Museums (ICOM)
ICOM members receive free admission for two. A valid membership card is required. ICOMOS members are not eligible.

American Association of Museums (AAM)
AAM members receive free admission for one through the general admission line. A valid membership card and matching photo identification are required.

Museum Council of New York City
Members with valid staff identification receive free admission for two through the general admission line.

Reciprocal Museum Members
The Whitney’s Reciprocal Museum Members receive free admission for two at the Member Services Desk. Valid membership cards at the appropriate level are required. Please contact your institution’s Membership Department for details.

Members of the press with valid press cards may receive free admission for one through the will call line. Press with a valid Whitney press pass may enter the Museum directly with a guest. If you do not have your card, please use the member line to pick up your admission tickets. For press-related questions, please contact pressoffice@whitney.org.



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The Whitney is reopening on September 3. Check back for more information on ticketing and our updated health and safety guidelines.