6 Famous Museums to Visit in America

As much as America is famous for its sightseeing destinations, it is also famous for its prestigious museums. Here are a few museums across the country that you must see, whether you are a tourist or a resident of America.

Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art, New York

1. Museum of Modern Art, New York

Museum of Modern Art is popular across the globe because it has been famously called the most influential modern art museum in the world. It is located in Manhattan in New York City and offers a collection of more than three hundred thousand books and periodicals across the profiles of seventy thousand artists. This museum is most noted for its Van Gogh exhibition 1935, and its Picasso retrospective held in 1939-40. Museum of Modern Art has been funded by the Rockefeller family since 1947. Yoko Ono's installation in the Sculpture Garden of the museum has particularly received worldwide popularity.


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National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C

National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C

2. National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C

National Museum of Natural History is one of the most famous museums of America, and is located in the National Mall area in the capital city of the country. It was established in 1910, and is operated by the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in America. This museum is said to be one of the most visited natural history museums in the world. It also houses one of the largest groups of scientists in the world who study natural history along with over a hundred million specimens for display. National Museum of Natural History's famous exhibits include Hall of Human Origins, Hall of Gemology, Gems and Minerals, Insect Zoo, Korea Gallery, Western Cultures Hall and African Voices among others.


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Museum of Science, Boston

Museum of Science, Boston

3. Museum of Science, Boston

Museum of Science was established in 1830 as a society, and is located in Science Park in Boston, Massachusetts. It is famous for its live presentations, interactive displays, exhibits and private Duck Tours. The museum is said to house the only domed IMAX theater in the whole of New England. Museum of Science is known to be popular among kids and students of science, because it offers a range of exhibits in taxidermy. Some of the museums' famous exhibits include the Wilson Could Chamber, The Lord of the Rings the Motion Picture Trilogy the Exhibition and Harry Potter The Exhibition among others.


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Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

4. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago

If you want a total review of art history, contemporary art, American art, European Art, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art among other art related topics, Art Institute of Chicago is the place where you should head. It was founded in 1866, as an academy of design and is now the second largest art museum in America. Art Institute of Chicago is known to have more than two hundred million works of art, featuring seminal works of Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh and Hopper among others. The museum also has an elaborate African-American art collection.


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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C

5. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C

Located in the National Mall area of Washington D.C, the Holocaust museum is known to be America's official memorial to the tragedy. The museum is like a complete portal dedicated to the study of the Holocaust. It opened in 1993 and is said to have attracted more than thirty million visitors since. Some of the museum's famous attractions include the Hall of Remembrance, Permanent Exhibition and Remember the Children: Daniel's Story. It also sponsors many traveling exhibitions to educate and create awareness regarding the Holocaust and its interpretations.


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Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York

Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York

6. Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York

Ellis Island Immigration Museum was founded in, and is located on New York Harbor, close to the Statue of Liberty. Ellis Island is said to have witnessed a huge surge of immigration from 1892 to 1954, one of the largest mass immigrations in the history of the world. After going through closure and redevelopment, the museum finally re-opened in 1990. Some of the museum's famous exhibits and attractions include the Wall of Honor, Treasures from Home, Hearing Room, Peopling of America and Peak Immigration Years among others.


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  • Museum of Modern Art, New York
  • National Museum of Natural History, Washington D.C
  • Museum of Science, Boston
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington D.C
  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum, New York

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