Located steps from the Meatpacking District on the Hudson River, the Whitney Museum is a little-known New York City treasure. First conceptualized in in the early 20th century by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, she sought to put on display the art of unrecognized avant-garde American artists. The Whitney Museum carries that tradition to this day; you’ll find the place loaded with a unique variety of art pieces and films from the 20th and 21st century, ranging from radical classics by American greats to whimsical works by little known artists, in addition to rotating exhibitions that changes seasonally.
The permanent collection may boast works from renowned artists like Georgia O’Keefe, Maurice Prendergast, and Jackson Pollock, but from the moment you walk in you get the sense that the focus isn’t on the masters of the past, but the artists of the future.
The building itself also has several outdoor viewing areas with amazing views of the Hudson River and the Highline Park right next door.
You’ll probably be pretty famished from looking at all of that incredible art, so be sure to check out the Whitney Museum’s eatery, Untitled. It’s one of the best under the radar museum eateries not just in New York City, but anywhere on the planet.