The Best Museums in the United States

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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.

To vote on more American travel sites, check out this list of the best US cities for vacations.
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    Washington, D.C., USA

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    New York City, New York, USA

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    New York City, New York, USA Visitors: 4,891,450

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    Chicago, Illinois, USA

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    Chicago, Illinois, USA Visitors: 1,846,889

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    Illinois, USA Chicago Il  

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    Dearborn, Michigan, USA

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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Visitors: 812,479

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    Washington^! D.C., USA

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    Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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    Visitors: 4,605,606

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    New York City, New York, USA Visitors: 1,263,111

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    New York City, New York, USA

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    University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio

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    California, USA Visitors: 1,153,903

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    Indiana, USA Visitors: 1,300,000

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    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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    Detroit, Michigan, USA

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    Visitors: 1,186,493

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    Cooperstown, New York, USA

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    Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio Cleveland OH

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    California, USA Visitors: 695,545

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    Houston, Texas, USA

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    Washington^! D.C., USA

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    Southwest, Washington, D.C. Visitors: 668,125

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    Minnesota, USA Visitors: 525,617

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    Denver Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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    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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    Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan, USA Visitors: 504,488

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    Fort Worth, Texas, USA Fort Worth, Texas

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    The New York Museum of Contemp... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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    The New York Museum of Contemporary Art

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    Chicago, Illinois, USA

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    Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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    California, USA Visitors: 1,840,812

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    Atlanta, Georgia, USA Visitors: 535,000

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    Minnesota, USA Visitors: 610,371

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    Warrington, Florida, USA

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    Massachusetts, USA

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    Natural History Museum of Utah is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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    Natural History Museum of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

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    Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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    California, USA Visitors: 703,520

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    Dallas, Texas, USA Visitors: 907,000

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    Museum of Aviation is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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    Museum of Aviation Georgia, USA

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    Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

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