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The Best Museums in the United States 

Kim Martinez
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Updated June 14, 2019 18.4k votes 4.3k voters 315k views 82 items

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.

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Art Institute of Chicago... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Visitors: 1,846,889
2
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Washington, D.C., USA
3
Field Museum of Natural ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Chicago, Illinois, USA
4
Metropolitan Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
New York City, New York, USA
Visitors: 4,891,450
5
American Museum of Natur... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added New York City, New York, USA
6
Philadelphia Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Visitors: 812,479
7
The Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ElaineElizabethBelz added Dearborn, Michigan, USA
8
Museum of Science and In... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ncaa8852 added Illinois, USA
Chicago Il
 
9
Museum of Fine Arts, Bos... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Boston, Massachusetts, USA
10
Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added New York City, New York, USA
11
United States Holocaust ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
sebbzor added Washington, D.C., USA
12
Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
California, USA
Visitors: 1,153,903
13
National Gallery of Art ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Visitors: 4,605,606
14
Cleveland Museum of Art ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
David J Gill added University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio
15
Franklin Institute is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jacobrafael added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
16
Detroit Institute of Art... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ElaineElizabethBelz added Detroit, Michigan, USA
17
Rock and Roll Hall of Fa... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
JenNotsaying added Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland OH
18
The Children's Museum of... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Indiana, USA
Visitors: 1,300,000
19
Solomon R. Guggenheim Mu... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added New York City, New York, USA
Visitors: 1,263,111
20
Los Angeles County Museu... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
California, USA
Visitors: 695,545
21
National Baseball Hall o... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jonathan-guerra added Cooperstown, New York, USA
22
Carnegie Museum of Natur... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
23
National Portrait Galler... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Visitors: 1,186,493
24
Minneapolis Institute of... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Minnesota, USA
Visitors: 525,617
25
Exploratorium is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
IvyEllis added