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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.

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    Smithsonian

    Washington, D.C.
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    633
    206
    Chicago, Illinois
    Visitors: 1,846,889
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    189
    Blake Edwards addedChicago, Illinois
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    522
    204

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    New York City, New York
    Visitors: 4,891,450
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    414
    166
    Blake Edwards addedNew York City, New York
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    355
    129
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    The Henry Ford

    Dearborn, Michigan
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    142
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    Museum of Science and Industry

    Illinois, USA
    Chicago Il
     
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    292
    145

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Visitors: 812,479
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    127
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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Washington, D.C.
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    126
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    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

    Boston, Massachusetts
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    236
    92
    David J Gill addedUniversity Circle, Cleveland
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    228
    95

    National Gallery of Art

    Visitors: 4,605,606
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    122

    Getty Center

    California, USA
    Visitors: 1,153,903
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    137
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    Museum of Modern Art

    New York City, New York
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    101
    ElaineElizabethBelz addedDetroit, Michigan
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    109
    44
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    Carnegie Museum of Natural History

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    85
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    Franklin Institute

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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    National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

    Cooperstown, New York
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    119
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    Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland
    Cleveland OH
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    119

    The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

    Indiana, USA
    Visitors: 1,300,000
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    137
    101

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    California, USA
    Visitors: 695,545
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    138
    75

    National Portrait Gallery

    Visitors: 1,186,493
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    121
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    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    New York City, New York
    Visitors: 1,263,111
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    Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

    Kansas City, Missouri
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