- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - The Whitney Museum of American Art will operate six days a week when it opens its new facility in downtown Manhattan on May 1.

The museum says the spacious Renzo Piano-designed facility will allow it to display more of its modern and contemporary art collection. It also will mount more exhibitions and programs.

The museum will stay open until 10 p.m. three days a week. It will be closed Tuesdays.

Friday nights, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., will be pay-what-you-wish.

General admission will be $22 with discounts for full-time students and seniors. Children under 18 will be free.

Tickets can be purchased in advance beginning Friday.

A neighborhood block party is planned for May 2 to celebrate the grand opening.

The museum closed its longtime uptown facility last year.

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