Attractions 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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963 249
Smithsonian is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Washington, D.C., USA

2
561 218
Metropolitan Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
New York City, New York, USA - Visitors: 4,891,450

3
711 236
Art Institute of Chicago is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Chicago, Illinois, USA - Visitors: 1,846,889

4
479 190
American Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added New York City, New York, USA

5
768 224
Field Museum of Natural Histor... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Chicago, Illinois, USA

6
334 146
Philadelphia Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Visitors: 812,479

7
559 158
Museum of Science and Industry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ncaa8852 added Illinois, USA - Chicago Il
 

8
278 132
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added Boston, Massachusetts, USA

9
335 117
The Henry Ford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ElaineElizabethBelz added Dearborn, Michigan, USA

10
314 140
United States Holocaust Memori... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
sebbzor added Washington, D.C., USA

11
244 111
National Gallery of Art is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Visitors: 4,605,606

12
237 133
Getty Center is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
California, USA - Visitors: 1,153,903

13
242 149
Museum of Modern Art is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added New York City, New York, USA

14
158 130
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Blake Edwards added New York City, New York, USA - Visitors: 1,263,111

15
214 85
Cleveland Museum of Art is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
David J Gill added University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio

16
140 75
Franklin Institute is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jacobrafael added Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

17
96 61
National Baseball Hall of Fame... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jonathan-guerra added Cooperstown, New York, USA

18
155 104
Los Angeles County Museum of A... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
California, USA - Visitors: 695,545

19
189 91
Detroit Institute of Arts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
ElaineElizabethBelz added Detroit, Michigan, USA

20
227 130
The Children's Museum of India... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Indiana, USA - Visitors: 1,300,000

21
181 118
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
JenNotsaying added Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio - Cleveland OH

22
90 34
Carnegie Museum of Natural His... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

23
137 87
National Portrait Gallery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Visitors: 1,186,493

24
85 39
Newseum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
jonathan-guerra added Washington, D.C., USA

25
94 81
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Southwest, Washington, D.C. - Visitors: 668,125