50 Art Museums You Should Visit In The USA

By Aly Trost
In Culture

The United States is full of gorgeous art museums. Each of the 50 states has a fantastic museum you should check out, but we know how hard it is to narrow it to just one, so we decided to do it for you.

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Alabama
Birmingham Museum of Art
Housing more than 24,000 paintings, sculptures, prints and more from a variety of cultures, including European, Asian, American and African art, Birmingham Museum of Art is a must-see when staying in Alabama.

Alaska
Anchorage Museum
Located in downtown Anchorage, Anchorage Museum is home to Alaskan artifacts and artwork.

Arizona
Phoenix Art Museum
Open since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in the South.

Arkansas
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Even if you’re not into art, Crystal Bridges is an amazing place to head for the day.

California
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
With an extremely diverse roster of art, film screenings and concerts, Los Angeles Country Museum of Art is a can’t-miss museum in California.

Colorado
Denver Art Museum
Located in the Civic Center of Denver, Colorado, this museum is best known for its collection of American Indian Art. However, it holds more than 68,000 works that range across centuries and the world.

Connecticut
New Britain Museum of American Art
Founded in 1903 in New Britain, Connecticut, this is the first museum in the country dedicated to American art.

Delaware
Delaware Art Museum
Holding more than 12,000 pieces, this museum is centered on American art and illustration from the 19th to the 21st century, and on the English Pre-Raphaelite movement of the mid-19th century.

Florida
Norton Museum of Art
Located in West Palm Beach, Florida, this museum contains displays of American, French and Chinese art, as well as contemporary art and photography.

Georgia
Georgia Museum of Art
Located on The University of Georgia campus, this museum offers free admission for all exhibits and to all patrons at any time.

Hawaii
Honolulu Museum of Art
The Honolulu Museum of Art is the largest of its kind in the state of Hawaii and contains one of the largest single collections of Asian and Pan-Pacific art in the US.

Idaho
Boise Art Museum
Established in 1937, the museum is a non-profit, charitable organization that houses a growing collection of contemporary realism, modern and contemporary ceramics.

Illinois
National Museum of Mexican Art
Founded by Carlos Tortolero, this museum showcases gorgeous Mexican art and culture.

Indiana
Indianapolis Museum of Art
This museum is the eighth largest encyclopedic art museum in the United States and offers a wide variety of works, including textiles and fashion arts, contemporary art, modern design and more.

Iowa
Figge Art Museum
Located in Davenport, Iowa, this museum is the major art museum of the eastern Iowa and western Illinois regions.

Kansas
Wichita Art Museum
This museum houses more than 8,000 pieces, with an emphasis in exceptional American art.

Kentucky
The Speed Art Museum
This museum offers a unique experience to its 180,000+ annual visitors and is located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Louisiana
New Orleans Museum of Art
In addition to the vast collections of art located inside of the museum, be sure to check out the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, which contains gorgeous modern sculptures.

Maine
Farnsworth Art Museum
This museum, which contains one of the largest collections of art from the Wyeth family, specializes in American art and has four galleries dedicated to contemporary art.

Maryland
American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM)
This unique museum contains unusual rotating exhibits, two sculpture plazas, a garden and other exhibits you have to see for yourself.

Massachusetts
Museum of Fine Arts
This museum, which is the fourth largest museum in the United States, contains nearly half a million works of art and has something for everyone to enjoy.

Michigan
Grand Rapids Art Museum
This modern museum contains a vast collection of US and European art and offers activities for families, as well as classical concerts.

Minnesota
Minneapolis Institute of Art
From a mummy to gorgeous European paintings, this museum will be sure to keep you on your toes.

Mississippi
Mississippi Art Museum
This is the largest art museum in the Mississippi and contains a permanent collection that includes paintings, photographs, collegiate art works and sculptures.

Missouri
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
Referred to as “CAM,” this museum puts on at least six main gallery exhibitions per year, which feature American and international artists.

Montana
Missoula Art Museum
This museum exhibits contemporary art by American Indian artists and that of the Montana Modernists in Missoula.

Nebraska
Joslyn Art Museum
Joslyn contains an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century American and European art.

Nevada
Nevada Museum of Art
Located in Reno, this museum is thematic and focuses on growing interest in the protection of the land.

New Hampshire
Currier Museum of Art
This outstanding museum contains European and American decorative arts, paintings, photographs, sculptures and more.

New Jersey
Montclair Art Museum (MAM)
Come experience one of the American or Native American art forms held at this museum or partake in one of the wide varieties of programs at this museum.

New Mexico
Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA)
Come experience this culturally rich museum that is known as the home to the largest collection of folk art in the world.

New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Known as the “Met,” this museum is the largest art museum in the United States and one of the most visited in the world!

North Carolina
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
This museum’s layout and structure, built by Swiss architect Mario Boatta, is as modern as the art that can be found inside of it.

North Dakota
National Buffalo Museum
Located in Jamestown, North Dakota, this museum is a sculpture museum that is home to artworks, artifacts and Native American items.

Ohio
Cincinnati Art Museum
Founded in 1881, this museum is one of the oldest art museums in the United States.

Oklahoma
Philbrook Museum of Art
This gorgeous museum in Tulsa is located in an Italian Renaissance-style villa that was the former home of oil pioneer Waite Phillips.

Oregon
Portland Art Museum
Come experience one of the largest and oldest art museums in the United States that is home to the exceptional Northwest Film Center.

Pennsylvania
Brandywine River Museum of Art
Aside from its extensive collections of regional and American art, this museum works hard to preserve the land and water surrounding the Brandywine River.

Rhode Island
Rhode Island School of Design Museum
This museum contains a vast collection of works by prominent national and international artists from around the world.

South Carolina
Columbia Museum of Art
This museum, located right outside of downtown Columbia, offers a fun and social experience in addition to its beautiful exhibitions and art collections.

South Dakota
South Dakota Art Museum
This museum contains a wide variety of works, including photographs, textiles, ceramics, sculptures and more.

Tennessee
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
This museum was formerly the home of Nashville’s Cheek family and was opened as a museum in 1960.

Texas
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Take a trip back in time and experience more than 6,000 years of history with 64,000 works from six continents.

Utah
Springville Museum of Art
This museum is known for its collection of Utah art that dates back to the pioneer days.

Vermont
Shelburne Museum
With over 150,000 works of art in 39 exhibitions, a trip to this museum may require an entire week.

Virginia
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Located in Richmond, Virginia, this museum contains artworks from Africa, America, Europe, East Asia and more.

Washington
Frye Art Museum
This museum houses over 230 works from the Frye family and focus on “the dark, the dramatic, and the psychological.”

Washington D.C.
Smithsonian American Art Museum
As seen in the movie “Night at the Museum,” this museum contains one of the most extensive and inclusive collections of art from the colonial period to the present.

West Virginia
Huntington Museum of Art
In addition to its culturally rich art collections, the museum’s campus is also home to nature trails and a subtropical plant conservatory.

Wisconsin
Chazen Museum of Art
Located on the University of Wisconsin’s campus, this museum’s mission is to provide related educational programs for students, teachers and art lovers of all ages.

Wyoming
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Overlooking the National Elk Refuge, this museums protects, preserves and exhibits wildlife art.

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