10 Best Art Museums in America (Part 1)
Many types of people visit art museums – those who are curious or interested in art and want to see a variety of works; those who are facilitating a visit for someone else or a group; those who are checking the experience off their “to do list;” those who are professionals in the art field; and those who just want to “get away” from it all (to name a few!). No matter which category you fall into, visiting an art museum can give you an opportunity to see things you have never seen before, open your eyes to different worlds and new ideas, or it can spark a new interest that you never knew you had.
If you want to experience the top ten art museums in the US, you only have to travel to five states: New York, Washington D.C., California, Massachusetts, and Illinois.
#10: Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, DC)
Located in downtown DC, this museum includes works from all genres and represents all regions of the United States. Georgia O’Keefe’s “Manhattan” is a must see here.
#9: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City)
Set in a distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building, this museum is known for its modern artworks, including abstract and non-objective works. “Paris Through the Window” by Marc Chagall is a must see here.
#8: Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles)
The largest art museum west of Chicago, LACMA has an estimated 100,000 works of art dating from ancient times to present day. Since LA has such glorious weather, there are numerous outdoor installations for viewing. “Levitated Mass,” a boulder sculpture by Michael Heizer is a must see here.
#7: de Young Museum (San Francisco)
Located in Golden Gate Park, this museum is known for its American Art collection, ranging from pre-Columbian times to the 20th century. If you are interested in art specifically from California, this is the place for you! Wayne Thiebaud’s “Three Machines” is a must see here.
#6: Museum of Fine Arts (Boston)
With more than 450,000 works of art, this museum is one of the largest in the United States. The most well known collections here are American Art, Egyptian Art, and French Impressionist paintings. Japanese and Chinese art are also on display. John Singleton Copley’s portrait of Paul Revere is a must see here.