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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
Blake Edwards added Smithsonian Washington, D.C., USA

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507 185
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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645 217
Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 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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434 163
American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added American Museum of Natural History New York City, New York, USA

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710 208
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

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308 129
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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517 142
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  

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299 99
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

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246 122
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

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280 121
United States Holocaust Memori... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
sebbzor added United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Washington^! D.C., USA

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213 117
Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Getty Center California, USA - Visitors: 1,153,903

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is listed (or ranked) 12 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

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217 98
National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Gallery of Art Visitors: 4,605,606

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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

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78 43
National Baseball Hall of Fame... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jonathan-guerra added National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Cooperstown, New York, USA

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126 66
Franklin Institute is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jacobrafael added Franklin Institute Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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179 77
Cleveland Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
David J Gill added Cleveland Museum of Art University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio

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141 91
Los Angeles County Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 18 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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214 120
The Children's Museum of India... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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162 84
Detroit Institute of Arts is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ElaineElizabethBelz added Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan, USA

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157 102
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
JenNotsaying added 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) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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86 70
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture... is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Newseum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jonathan-guerra added Newseum Washington, D.C., USA

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125 77
National Portrait Gallery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Portrait Gallery Visitors: 1,186,493

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118 90
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston, Texas, USA

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96 78
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.  

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

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76 82
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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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

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99 70
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

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81 70
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

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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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Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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89 77
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Scul... is listed (or ranked) 37 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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76 66
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 Visitors: 1,840,812

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Barnes Foundation of Philadelp... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Paul Lipton added Barnes Foundation of Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Mütter Museum is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
MarcNormanMitchell added Mütter Museum Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Diana Parker added Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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

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The Andy Warhol Museum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museu... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Hannah Brown added Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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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

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Walker Art Center is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Walker Art Center Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 610,371

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Peabody Essex Museum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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National Museum of the Marine ... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jordan-mcelwain added National Museum of the Marine Corps

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Museum of Science is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ahtull added Museum of Science Massachusetts, United States of America

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