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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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American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Field Museum of Natural Histor... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois USA

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Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Museum of Science and Industry is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Henry Ford Dearborn, Michigan USA

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Philadelphia Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA - Visitors: 812,479

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United States Holocaust Memori... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, Massachusetts USA

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National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Gallery of Art Visitors: 4,605,606

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Cleveland Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Cleveland Museum of Art University Circle, Cleveland Ohio

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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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Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Getty Center California, USA - Visitors: 1,153,903

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The Children's Museum of India... is listed (or ranked) 16 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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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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Detroit Institute of Arts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan USA

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National Portrait Gallery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Portrait Gallery Visitors: 1,186,493

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National Baseball Hall of Fame... is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Los Angeles County Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Carnegie Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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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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Exploratorium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Newseum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Newseum Washington^! D.C., USA

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture... is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Denver Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Minneapolis Institute of Arts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 525,617

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Scul... is listed (or ranked) 30 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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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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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Ch... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Chicago, Illinois USA

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The New York Museum of Contemp... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The New York Museum of Contemporary Art

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M. H. de Young Memorial Museum is listed (or ranked) 35 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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Freer and Sackler Galleries is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Walker Art Center is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Walker Art Center Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 610,371

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museu... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, Massachusetts USA

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Indianapolis Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Pensacola Naval Air Station Hi... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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High Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
High Museum of Art Atlanta, Georgia USA - Visitors: 535,000

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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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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri USA

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National Museum of the Marine ... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Peabody Museum of Archaeology ... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Science Museum of Minnesota is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Science Museum of Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota USA

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San Francisco Museum of Modern... is listed (or ranked) 47 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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The Andy Warhol Museum is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA

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Museum of Aviation is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Aviation Georgia, USA

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Peabody Essex Museum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the United States