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The Best Art Museums To Visit In The US

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America has some of the best cultural and historical museums in the world. With centuries of artifacts and history to explore, there’s no wonder that people travel from all over the world to learn about the country. As well as a colorful past, America has an abundance of art galleries, too.

Here, we highlight some of the best places to visit if you ever find yourself traveling the country.

Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Based just off of New York’s Central Park, ‘The Met’ is the largest museum in the United States. It has an impressive collection of over two million items ranging back thousands of years. Anything from Egyptian and African antiques to Renaissance art through the ages, there’s something for everyone. Although the entrance is free, it is suggested that visitors make a donation upon their visit.

Art Institute of Chicago

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America’s second-largest museum rests in Chicago, Illinois, and boasts 300,000 pieces. Its main focus is impressionist, post-impressionist and American art. It has a large collection of Claude Monet paintings which highlight his unique style when compared to the American counterparts. It is also the proud host of antique Asian art, African-American art, and 20th Century furniture.

National Gallery of Art

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Washington, D.C. has a plethora of museums and galleries but the National Gallery shouldn’t be ignored. If you ever find yourself in the swamp, make sure to explore the impressive collection of Renaissance art, and the only gallery to store da Vinci pieces in all of the Americas. Aside from that, it has Spanish art, Dutch masters, impressionists and a dedicated section to modern art.

Cleveland Museum of Art

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This collection has around 45,000 works of art. The Ohio-based art museum is known across the country for its Asian and Egyptian Art. Particular pieces include work by Botticelli, Gauguin, Caravaggio, Matisse, El Greco, Monet Goya, Dalí, Rubens, Renoir, Corot, Eakins, Vincent van Gogh, and Picasso – to name a few!

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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Heading back to the east coast will take you to Boston, Massachusetts, where you can explore the Museum of Fine Arts. It holds more than 450,000 pieces of art with an emphasis on impressionist, post-impressionist art, and Ancient Egyptian artifacts. What makes it particularly unique is its collection of Japanese art and pottery – the largest in the world of its kind.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Like many of the art galleries in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern art. However, if you ever find yourself in Philadelphia, you’ll want to visit it for the country’s largest collection of Italian and Flemish Renaissance art, Persian and Turkish rugs, Chinese porcelains, and an extraordinary exhibit of sculptures by Rodin.

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)

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Heading back to New York, the MOMA sits comfortably in midtown Manhattan waiting for people to visit from all over the world. The MOMA is world-famous for its collections of art from the Impressionist period. It includes some of the most famous works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Dali, Matisse, Henri Rousseau, and Andrew Wyeth. As well as artifacts and artwork, it also has 22,000 films and more than 4 million film stills.

Detroit Institute of Arts

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The Detroit Institute of Arts has more than 65,000 pieces on display, including Early European paintings old masters, armor, the art of ancient cultures, and American art. Perhaps one of its most famous pieces is Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker, which sits on display for visitors to explore. It is widely considered to be one of the nation’s best museums.

Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens

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Florida’s consistent climate makes Jacksonville the perfect location for the Gardens in The Cummer. It has a modestly sized survey of art which dates back 4,000 years. There are 5,000 pieces there with works from Rubens, Winslow Homer, Norman Rockwell, and more.

Saint Louis Art Museum

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The Saint Louis Art Museum is known especially for its collection of 20th Century Expressionist, Max Beckmann. It has 30,000 more pieces to study with the main focus on impressionist, Barbizon/Plein-air, and post-impressionist art. It has a dedicated section to contemporary art with significant pieces by Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Robert Motherwell.


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