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How to get to the Whitney Museum for free


Alina Prikhodko

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Life is very expensive in New York, so when it comes to something free, you immediately want to take advantage of it. According to Time out art fans and culture connoisseurs are in for some good news: The Whitney Museum of American Art offers free admission and special programs in January.

The museum offers free admission and special programs for visitors every Friday from 17:00 to 22:00 and on the second Sunday of each month from January 12, 2024.

The free Friday nights, made possible by three years of donations from trustees Jen Rubio and Stuart Butterfield, Paul Arnhold and Wes Gordon, will feature special programming and music, as well as food and drink from the museum's new restaurant, Frenchette Bakery at the Whitney.

Going to a Friday night at The Whitney Museum would be a great way to spend time with your loved one or even your co-workers as a social get-together.

Second Sundays, supported by a three-year Access for All grant from the Art Bridges Foundation, launches on January 14. Second Sundays will be full of fun and free activities for all ages, including art making, as well as tours, themed activities and other programs related to exhibitions or community events and celebrations.

What awaits you

The opening is planned for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend and will honor the black artists whose work is featured in the museum's collection and in current exhibitions, including “Henry Taylor: B Side.”

Tickets typically cost $30 for an adult and $24 for a senior or student. Those under 18 years of age, as well as military personnel or veterans, can enter the exhibition for free. According to Scott Rothkopf, director of one of the departments at The Whitney, these new free offers are the most generous in decades.

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“We know that price can be a barrier to access, and our concessions programs not only sell out, but also appeal to younger, less affluent and diverse audiences. “I am incredibly grateful to our sponsors, Trustees Jen Rubio and Paul Arnhold, as well as the Art Bridges Foundation and Alice Walton,” he said in a statement. “They understand perfectly how important it is for our entire society to connect new audiences with art and ideas. I can’t think of a better way to kick off my tenure as director than by sharing our vital and relevant program even more broadly.”

Although admission to these programs is free, you will still need to reserve tickets as seating is limited. They will go on sale in early January. We advise you to follow the updates and not miss the start of sales, because the last time the museum offered free admission, the seats were sold out almost immediately.

Once you receive your tickets, plan your trip. In January, the exhibition will feature: “Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith”, “Inheritance”, “Ruth Asawa Through Line” and “Natalie Ball: bilwi naats Ga'niipci”.

The permanent exhibition includes works by Edward Hopper, Kara Walker, Georgia O'Keeffe, Kevin Beasley, Faith Ringgold, Lee Krasner, Jasper Johns, Alexander Calder, Jacob Lawrence, Carrie Mae Weems, Andrea Carlson and Clarissa Tossin.

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