New York is one of the most important and well-known cities in the United States and the world, and for many, a trip to the Big Apple is an experience of discovering a place and a way of life so distinctive that they have become iconic.
There are many museums in New York not to be missed: for the works of art they house, some of the most representative of modern and contemporary art, but also for their architecture, in some cases itself a work of art. This is certainly the case with the Whitney Museum of American Art, but also spaces such as the Guggenheim and MoMA. Here’s how to buy tickets and visit the halls at their best.
Tickets for a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art
To book a visit to the Whitney Museum of American Art, the ticket can be purchased online and shown at the entrance from your smartphone. Due to the large number of works on display (from more than three thousand different artists) the last access to the museum is one hour before closing time.
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays the Whitney Museum of American Art is open from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesdays are closed; access is facilitated for wheelchair users and tickets can be rescheduled by checking the appropriate option during purchase.
If you buy tickets for the Whitney Museum of American Art, you can visit a museum that is also an example of sensational architecture: since 2015, it has been relocated to a building designed by Renzo Piano in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. But its importance, also symbolic, does not stop there: it was in fact founded in 1930 by the philanthropist Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney with the precise aim of collecting works by American artists at the time, in opposition to the hegemony of classical and European art.
Visitors can therefore dwell on works from the 20th and 21st centuries and the focus on the contemporary is never lacking: every two years, the museum organises an exhibition of emerging American artists.
Ingresso combinato Whitney Museum of American Art e Guggenheim
A combined admission to the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Guggenheim Museum can then be purchased for a discount on the admission price.
If at the Whitney Museum of American Art the visitor can see works by American artists such as Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, at the Guggenheim in New York the most famous works have an international scope: Pollock, Kandinsky, Modigliani, Picasso.
The ticket to visit the Guggenheim Museum gives access to both permanent and temporary exhibitions, can be conveniently shown from your smartphone and can be rescheduled up to the day before. The museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is also wheelchair accessible.
Founded in 1937, it has been in its current location since 1943, when architect Frank Lloyd Wright completed the design of this building. The architecture of the Guggenheim Museum in New York is quite peculiar and influences the museum’s very use: inspired by a shell, it develops like a spiral rising upwards, on whose walls the works are displayed.
Ingresso combinato Whitney Museum of American Art e MoMA
Another option is to buy a combined admission to the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA: Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’, Picasso’s ‘Les demoiselles d’Avignon’, and Dalí’s ‘The Persistence of Memory’ are only the most famous of the works at MoMA New York.
Tickets for MoMA New York can be viewed from your smartphone and also give you access to special exhibitions and MoMA PS1 (within eleven days of your visit), an institution that focuses on contemporary art in Long Island City.
MoMa, which stands for Museum of Modern Art, is instead located in Midtown Manhattan and is open daily from 10.30 am to 5.30 pm; it is also wheelchair accessible and with your ticket you can download the audio guide onto your device free of charge.
The museum was founded in 1929 by three women, nicknamed ‘The Ladies’ or ‘The adamantine Ladies’: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, Lilly P. Bliss, Mary Quinn Sullivan. Various locations were changed in the early years and in 2019 the New MoMA, the result of the most recent expansion work, opened.