Lovers of contemporary art will delight in this exclusive, comprehensive museum.

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Whitney Museum of American Art

Austere but important.

This is only for real contemporary art fanatics. When she couldn’t exhibit her collection at the Met, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney founded her own museum in 1930. Since then, it has grown to become one of the most important museums of its kind. If you walk along Madison Avenue until 75th Street, you will come across this impressive grey building. Its imposing, austere and solid presence is already a hint at what lies inside it. Depending on the time of year, the first three floors host diverse temporary exhibitions. But it is on the fifth floor that you will find the original collection, boasting some of the most exclusive and comprehensive American contemporary artworks. Works by Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and Willem de Kooning are just a few of the pieces to see here.

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