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New York, NY - The Met is 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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This is the second largest art museum in the U.S. (in square footage) after the Metropolitan in New York and has over 300,000 pieces (but also see the entry for the Brooklyn Museum). 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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A comprehensive museum with over 227,000 pieces. Includes famous collections of Flemish and Italian Renaissance art, Chinese porcelains, Persian and Turkish rugs, and one of the world's best exhibits of sculptures by Rodin. Also has important impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern art and a very large comprehensive collection of American art.
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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 piece in the Americas, Spanish art, Dutch masters, impressionists and in the East Wing, vast holdings in modern art. The museum's collection consists of more than 115,000 prints, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and decorative objects.
The National Gallery was the largest recipient of European Masters work from the Kress Collection.
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San Francisco, CA - Part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. The museum contains over 124,000 works. Recognized for its European decorative arts, sculptures and paintings, ancient art from throughout the Mediterranean and the Near East, and one of the largest collections of works on paper in the country. Possesses important works by El Greco, Tiepolo, Monet, and bronze casts by Rodin.
The Legion of Honor received a significant number of European Masters' works from the Kress Foundation.
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A comprehensive museum containing about 45,000 works of art. Its collection is internationally known for Asian and Egyptian Art. Holdings include pieces by Botticelli, Caravaggio, El Greco, Rubens, Goya, Dalí, Matisse, Renoir, Gauguin, Corot, Eakins, Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Picasso, and many others. Actively acquiring later 20th-century art, such as important works by Warhol, Pollock, and Christo.
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A comprehensive art institute with a famous collection of Egyptian art, Pacific Islander art, and one of the most important collections of American art (especially 19th Century). Known also for its new collection of 20th Century Feminist art.
According to Wikipedia, the Brooklyn Museum holds 1.5 million works of art.
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Holds about 90,000 works. Famous for the Cone Collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces, including the largest collection of Matisse. Also known for an impressive collection of African art, 20th and 21st Century Contemporary Art, and the ancient Antioch Mosaics from Antakya, Turkey.
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Hartford, Connecticut - This is the oldest public art museum in the U.S. Its holdings of about 50,000 pieces are comprehensive from antique Roman, Greek, and Egyptian bronzes to European art and porcelains and American impressionists to an important collection of Hudson River School works and American clothing.
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Cambridge, Massachusetts - Collectively hold 250,000 objects distributed among three museums and four research centers.
The Fogg Museum: Possesses over 4,000 works from the Middle Ages to the present. Especially noted for Italian Renaissance, British Pre-Raphaelite, and French art of the 19th century, as well as 19th and 20th century American paintings and drawings. Possesses important works by Canaletto, Degas, Gauguin, and Thomas Singleton Copley.
Busch-Reisinger Museum: The only museum in North America dedicated to the study of art of German-speaking countries of North and Central Europe. Holds about 40,000 works.
Arthur M. Sackler Museum: Contains Asian art, notably Chinese jades as well as ancient Mediterranean and Byzantine art.
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Boston, Massachusetts - A world famous collection of about 2,500 pieces and one of the best known former private collection museums. Additionally renowned for the largest (worst?) art theft in America in 1990 which included a Vermeer valued at 200 million dollars. The Gardner's holdings include important works by Rembrandt, Titian, Matisse, and a large collection of letters including original Dante manuscripts. The museum also exhibits contemporary art.
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New York, New York - The Frick is a former private collection of steel baron, Henry Clay Frick who collected art he enjoyed living with though he decided his collection would be open to the public upon his death. The museum is a small (close to 200 works) but world-famous collection of Old Masters including Rembrandt, Vermeer, El Greco, Velasquez, and many others, displayed largely as it was in Frick's final years. The collection possesses excellent examples of rococo artists Fragonard and Boucher, and their Veronese paintings once belonged to Sweden's Queen Christina. The Frick is also known for furniture, Chinese ornamental vases, Sevres and Limoges porcelains, and has recently acquired a collection of clocks dating from the 16th to 19th century.
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