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A list of the most visited museums in the United States, with pictures. For some, "the most popular" means "the best", and these are definitely some of the most famous American museums. Top museums are often major tourist attractions, and can be a museum of natural history, art, science, or many others. Early museums were collections owned by private individuals. Whether these collections were open to the public was up to the owner. Today, museums are institutions dedicated to the study and exhibition of art, artifacts, and other objects of importance. One can only imagine the collections necessary to make the museums on this list some of the most popular in the world.

What are the best museums in the US? Included on this list are museums of art - both classical and modern, natural history, and children's museums. These institutions document and display the national heritage of the US through art, fossils, historical letters and papers, and other relics of USA culture and world history.

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Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Smithsonian Washington, D.C., USA

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, New York, USA - Visitors: 4,891,450

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American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
American Museum of Natural History New York City, New York, USA

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Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA - Visitors: 1,846,889

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Field Museum of Natural Histor... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Philadelphia Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Visitors: 812,479

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Museum of Science and Industry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Science and Industry Illinois, USA - Chicago Il  

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The Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Henry Ford Dearborn, Michigan, USA

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York City, New York, USA - Visitors: 1,263,111

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United States Holocaust Memori... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Gallery of Art Visitors: 4,605,606

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Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Getty Center California, USA - Visitors: 1,153,903

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Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Modern Art New York City, New York, USA

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Los Angeles County Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Los Angeles County Museum of Art California, USA - Visitors: 695,545

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Cleveland Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Cleveland Museum of Art University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio

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Franklin Institute is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Franklin Institute Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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The Children's Museum of India... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Indiana, USA - Visitors: 1,300,000

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Detroit Institute of Arts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio - Cleveland OH

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National Baseball Hall of Fame... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Cooperstown, New York, USA

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Southwest, Washington, D.C. - Visitors: 668,125

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National Portrait Gallery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Portrait Gallery Visitors: 1,186,493

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston, Texas, USA

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Carnegie Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Denver Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Denver Art Museum From the architecture to the touring exhibits, the Denver Art Museum is gaining much recognition, and is a "MUST SEE" for visitors to the mile high city.  

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Exploratorium is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Newseum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Newseum Washington^! D.C., USA

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High Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
High Museum of Art Atlanta, Georgia, USA - Visitors: 535,000

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 525,617

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Kimbell Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas, USA - Fort Worth, Texas

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Ch... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Salvador Dali Museum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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San Francisco Museum of Modern... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art California, USA - Visitors: 703,520

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Freer and Sackler Galleries is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Scul... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan, USA - Visitors: 504,488

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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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M. H. de Young Memorial Museum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum California, USA - Visitors: 1,840,812

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The Andy Warhol Museum is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Walker Art Center is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Walker Art Center Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 610,371

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National Museum of the Marine ... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Natural History Museum of Utah is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Natural History Museum of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

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Barnes Foundation of Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Barnes Foundation of Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Peabody Essex Museum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museu... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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Dallas Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, Texas, USA - Visitors: 907,000

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The New York Museum of Contemp... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The New York Museum of Contemporary Art

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Indianapolis Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Whitney Museum of American Art is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Whitney Museum of American Art New York City, New York, USA