landmarks The Best Museums in the United States  

Kim Martinez
Originally by
11.9k votes 2.9k voters 272.4k views 82 items Embed

List Rules Vote up and add American museums that you think are the absolute best in the country.

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.
list ordered by

1
755 174
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Smithsonian Washington, D.C., USA

The Most Loved American First Ladies U.S. Airports Ranked from Best to Worst

2
448 149
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

3
385 130
American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added American Museum of Natural History New York City, New York, USA

4
562 182
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

5
620 183
Field Museum of Natural Histor... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois, USA

6
270 106
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

7
451 119
Museum of Science and Industry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ncaa8852 added Museum of Science and Industry Illinois, USA - Chicago Il  

8
250 76
The Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ElaineElizabethBelz added The Henry Ford Dearborn, Michigan, USA

9
220 104
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA

10
132 88
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York City, New York, USA - Visitors: 1,263,111

11
241 102
United States Holocaust Memori... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
sebbzor added United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington^! D.C., USA

12
198 79
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

13
185 102
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

14
189 114
Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Museum of Modern Art New York City, New York, USA

15
128 76
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

The Best Zoos in the United States The 35 Coolest Pools in the World

16
149 59
Cleveland Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
David J Gill added Cleveland Museum of Art University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio

17
109 50
Franklin Institute is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jacobrafael added Franklin Institute Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

18
193 100
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

19
139 70
Detroit Institute of Arts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ElaineElizabethBelz added Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan, USA

20
136 87
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
JenNotsaying added Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio - Cleveland OH

21
80 58
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Southwest, Washington, D.C. - Visitors: 668,125

22
61 32
National Baseball Hall of Fame... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jonathan-guerra added National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Cooperstown, New York, USA

23
115 69
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

24
109 80
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston, Texas, USA

25
57 17
Carnegie Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

26
55 18
Newseum is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jonathan-guerra added Newseum Washington^! D.C., USA

27
87 64
Denver Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
NicoleSchaap added 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.  

28
54 25
Exploratorium is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
IvyEllis added Exploratorium

29
69 74
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

19 Celebrities with Heterochromia Iridis The Worst Qualities in a Woman

30
38 37
Museum of Contemporary Art, Ch... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
mail-09-_kev312_ added Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA

31
93 63
Minneapolis Institute of Arts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 525,617

32
75 62
Kimbell Art Museum is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
CWinn added Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas, USA - Fort Worth, Texas

33
27 19
Salvador Dali Museum is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

34
79 75
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

35
57 58
Freer and Sackler Galleries is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

36
86 70
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

37
42 25
Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

38
71 60
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

39
36 26
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

40
25 16
Peabody Essex Museum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

41
64 61
Walker Art Center is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Walker Art Center Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 610,371

42
32 12
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museu... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Hannah Brown added Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, Massachusetts, USA

43
32 11
Mütter Museum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
MarcNormanMitchell added Mütter Museum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

The Coolest, Best Kept Secrets of the Disney Parks The Best Pudding Brands

44
27 23
Barnes Foundation of Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Paul Lipton added Barnes Foundation of Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

45
35 27
Natural History Museum of Utah is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
maggie.bradford26 added Natural History Museum of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

46
26 7
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Diana Parker added Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri, USA

47
26 23
National Museum of the Marine ... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jordan-mcelwain added National Museum of the Marine Corps

48
42 36
Pensacola Naval Air Station Hi... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
JenLangfeld added Pensacola Naval Air Station Historic District Warrington, Florida, USA

49
25 20
Peabody Museum of Archaeology ... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

50
66 87
Dallas Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, Texas, USA - Visitors: 907,000