There are more museums in the world featuring great art than the Louvre and the Prado. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the country. America has a variety of world class art collections and exhibits ranging from iconic pieces to lesser known wonders. Whether you are live in the North, South, East, or West, there is a great museum. Next time you go exploring the country, try one of these five museums.
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART (NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. The first floor alone features nine different wings that include: Egyptian Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Arts of Africa, Greek and Roman Art, and more. If you love art, this is the museum for you.
CALIFORNIA SCIENCE CENTER (LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA)
The California Science Center features plenty of exhibits for all ages. You can touch an iceberg or visit the space shuttle Endeavor. Throughout the Science Court you can find a variety of interactive displays for the entire family.
HENRY FORD MUSEUM (DETROIT, MICHIGAN)
Visitors of this museum get the chance to see some of Henry Ford’s own personal car collection, including his very first car from 1896. The Henry Ford Museum features historical vehicles through modern day hybrid or electric cars. You can even take a virtual test drive in an old Model T car.
SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN ART MUSEUM (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
The largest collection of American art is housed in none other than our nation’s capital – Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian American Art Museum highlights different work from the colonial era all the way through today.
ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
This art institute was founded as both a school and a museum. The structure features a marble lobby and has their iconic bronze lions out front. Over the years, the Art Institute of Chicago has had several expansions including the new modern wing. The collection of art spans throughout history from the Egyptian era to contemporary photography. It even features an entire room devoted to Monet.