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The Best Art Museums in the United States

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A list of the best museums in the United States that focus predominantly on art (paintings, sculpture, glass/porcelain/ceramics, and other visual media) voted on by the Ranker community. 

When voting, consider the comprehensiveness of a collection if it's...well... a comprehensive museum such as the Art Institute in Chicago or the comprehensiveness of the period it represents such as the Museum of Modern Art.  If you feel you can judge the quality of a museum's collection, the museum's effectiveness in helping visitors understand what they're seeing, or other aspects that make that museum worthwhile, please do!

Information on holdings and size of collections from Wikipedia


List Criteria: Museums focusing on one artist (Andy Warhol, Georgia O'Keefe, Salvador Dali) have been excluded thus far.

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    The "eighth largest encyclopedic museum" in the U.S. with over 54,000 works.  Important collections in Japanese art, Chinese porcelain, American, and neo-impressionist art.  Considered one of the leading museums in the development of the arts and art education for future generations. 

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    This is the second largest art museum in the U.S. after the Metropolitan in New York and has over 260,000 pieces.  A comprehensive museum best known for impressionist, post-impressionist and American art.   Also has a renowned collection of miniatures and one of the largest collections of Claude Monet paintings.  Also well-known for installations of African-American art, antique Asian art, and 20th Century furniture. 

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    Washington, DC - one of the largest art museums in the U.S.  Possesses a major collection of renaissance art including the only Da Vinci in the Americas, Spanish art, Dutch masters, impressionists and in the East Wing, vast holdings in modern art.  

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    New York, NY - The largest art museum in the United States with over two million items in its collection.  Famous for its Egyptian holdings and antiquities from other cultures as well as complete ancient interiors built as permanent installations. 

    Possesses some of the most famous works by Vermeer, Velasquez, Jacques Louis David, Rembrandt, and many others.   Also an important collection of Renaissance art, Asian art and porcelains, and a world-renowned collection of musical instruments, costumes and couture from designers such as Chanel, Saint Laurent, and Balenciaga.

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    New York, NY  Considered one of the greatest collections of art from the Impressionist period forward including some of the most famous works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Henri Rousseau, and Andrew Wyeth.  Holdings include about 150,000 works plus "22,000 films and 4 million film stills". 

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