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Whitney Museum announces plans to reopen Sept. 3

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Installation view of the Whitney’s Collection: Selections from 1900 to 1965 (Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, June 28, 2019- ). From the left Joan Mitchell, Hemlock, 1956; Edward Ruscha, Large Trademark with Eight Spotlights, 1962; Jay DeFeo, The Rose, 1958-1966. Photograph by Ron Amstutz

NEW YORK – Following its temporary closure on March 13 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Whitney Museum of American Art today announced its plans to reopen to the public on Sept. 3. Prioritizing the health and safety of its visitors and staff, the museum will operate at no more than 25 percent of its total capacity to ensure proper physical distancing.

The museum also announced that pay-what-you-wish admission will be offered to all through Sept. 28. Due to limited capacity and to facilitate contactless entry into the Museum, all visitors and members will need to reserve timed-entry tickets in advance on

Enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols, state-of-the-art air filtration systems, one-way directional signage and ground markings are among the new safety measures that have been implemented throughout the building. In accordance with city and state guidelines, all staff, volunteers and visitors will be required to wear face coverings and practice physical distancing while in the museum.

The Whitney also announced today the extension of critically acclaimed exhibitions. “Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945” and “Cauleen Smith: Mutualities” have been extended through Jan. 31. “Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist,” which originally opened on March 13 when the museum’s temporary closure began, has been extended to Nov. 1. The museum’s billboard project at 95 Horatio featuring Jill Mulleady’s “We Wither Time into a Coil of Fright” has been extended through January. The collection installations, “Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019” and “The Whitney’s Collection: Selections From 1900 to 1965” will also welcome visitors back to the museum.

On reopening, the Whitney will operate with new hours on Mondays and Thursdays through Sundays. Member Days will take place from Aug. 27–31 in advance of the public opening on Sept. 3. Member-only hours will also be offered on Monday and Thursday evenings and weekend mornings throughout the initial reopening phase.

For more information about the museum’s reopening plans or to reserve timed-entry tickets, visit

plans to reopen