Whitney Museum of American Art

Top choice museum in West Village, Chelsea & Meatpacking District

After years of construction, the Whitney's new downtown location opened to much fanfare in 2015. Perched near the foot of the High Line, this architecturally stunning building – designed by Renzo Piano – makes a suitable introduction to the museum's superb collection. Inside the spacious, light-filled galleries, you'll find works by all the great American artists, including Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Georgia O’Keeffe and Mark Rothko.

In addition to rotating exhibits, the Whitney Biennial is held on even-numbered years; it's an ambitious survey of contemporary art that rarely fails to generate controversy.