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TOP 100 MUSEUMS IN THE UNITED STATES


The United States has several thousand museums. But which ones are widely considered to be the best? We have put together a highly-opinionated list of what we believe to be the top 100 museums in the United States. It is not an easy task to pick 100 top museums out of a pool of thousands, so this web-page will forever be a work-in-progress as we travel & visit more museums across the country.

This top 100 museums list is sorted alphabetically by state (and not by rating or quality). Remember, though, this is just our opinionated list. There are hundreds of other fascinating museums in the United States, including some really quirky & and unique ones (for example, the Salt & Pepper Shaker Museum in Gatlinburg, Tennessee). That being said, you probably won't want to miss any of these 100 undeniably outstanding museums:

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STATE MUSEUM NAME MUSEUM TYPE(S) TOWN / CITY
Alabama Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum Auto/Transportation Museum Birmingham
Alabama USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park Boat Museum & Military Museum Mobile
Alaska Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum Auto/Transportation Museum Fairbanks
Arizona Musical Instrument Museum Music Museum Phoenix
Arizona Pima Air & Space Museum Aircraft/Aviation Museum Tucson
Arkansas Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Art Museum Bentonville
Arkansas Museum of Native American History History Museum Bentonville
California Alcatraz / Alcatraz Island Prison Museum San Francisco
California California State Railroad Museum Railroad Museum Sacramento
California Getty Center, The Art Museum Los Angeles
California Huntington, The Art Museum Pasadena
California Nethercutt Museum Auto/Transportation Museum Los Angeles
California Norton Simon Museum Art Museum Pasadena
California USS Midway Museum Boat Museum & Military Museum San Diego
Connecticut Yale University Art Gallery Art Museum New Haven
Delaware Air Mobility Command Museum Aircraft/Aviation Museum & Military Museum Dover
Florida Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art Art Museum Winter Park
Florida Dali Museum, The / Salvador Dali Museum Art Museum St. Petersburg
Florida Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Space Museum Cape Canaveral
Florida National Naval Aviation Museum Aircraft/Aviation Museum & Military Museum Pensacola
Florida Ringling, The History Museum & Art Museum Sarasota
Georgia National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center Military Museum Columbus
Georgia National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Aircraft/Aviation Museum & Military Museum Pooler
Hawaii Battleship Missouri Memorial Boat Museum & Military Museum Honolulu (Oahu)
Illinois Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum History Museum Springfield
Illinois Art Institute of Chicago Art Museum Chicago
Illinois Field Museum, The Natural History Museum & Dinosaur Museum Chicago
Illinois Museum of Science & Industry Science Museum Chicago
Indiana Children's Museum of Indianapolis, The Children's Museum Indianapolis
Louisiana National World War II Museum History Museum & Military Museum New Orleans
Maryland Walters Art Museum, The Art Museum Baltimore
Massachusetts Museum of Fine Arts Boston Art Museum Boston
Massachusetts New Bedford Whaling Museum Maritime Museum New Bedford
Massachusetts U.S.S. Constitution Museum Boat Museum Boston
Michigan Detroit Institute of the Arts Art Museum & Art Museum Detroit
Michigan Gilmore Car Museum Auto/Transportation Museum Hickory Corners
Michigan Greenfield Village History Museum & Living History Museum Dearborn
Michigan Henry Ford, The / Henry Ford Museum History Museum & Auto/Transportation Museum Dearborn
Minnesota Minneapolis Institute of Arts Art Museum Minneapolis
Mississippi U.S.S. Cairo Museum Boat Museum & Military Museum Vicksburg
Missouri Harry S. Truman Library and Museum History Museum Independence
Missouri Missouri Civil War Museum History Museum St. Louis
Missouri National World War I Museum and Memorial Military Museum Kansas City
Missouri Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Art Museum Kansas City
Montana Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center History Museum Great Falls
Nevada Mob Museum, The Offbeat/Unusual Museum Las Vegas
New Jersey Princeton University Art Museum Art Museum Princeton
New York American Museum of Natural History Natural History Museum New York City
New York Corning Museum of Glass Art Museum Corning
New York Frick Collection Art Museum New York City
New York Glenn H. Curtiss Museum Auto/Transportation Museum & Aircraft/Aviation Museum Hammondsport
New York Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Aircraft/Aviation Museum & Space Museum & Boat Museum New York City
New York Metropolitan Museum of Art ("the Met") Art Museum New York City
New York Museum of Modern Art ("MoMA") Art Museum New York City
New York Strong National Museum of Play, The History Museum & Children's Museum Rochester
New York Tenement Museum History Museum New York City
North Carolina Airborne and Special Operations Museum Military Museum Fayetteville
North Carolina Battleship North Carolina Boat Museum & Military Museum Wilmington
North Carolina Wheels Through Time Transportation Museum Auto/Transportation Museum Maggie Valley
Ohio Cleveland Museum of Art Art Museum Cleveland
Ohio National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Aircraft/Aviation Museum Dayton
Ohio Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum Music Museum & Hall of Fame Museum Cleveland
Ohio Toledo Museum of Art Art Museum Toledo
Oklahoma Museum of Osteology Natural History Museum Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Philbrook Museum Of Art Art Museum Tulsa
Oregon Columbia River Maritime Museum Maritime Museum & Military Museum Astoria
Pennsylvania Barnes Foundation, The Art Museum Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary Prison Museum Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center History Museum Gettysburg
Pennsylvania Gettysburg Museum of History History Museum Gettysburg
Pennsylvania Independence Hall History Museum & Living History Museum Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Museum of Art Art Museum Philadelphia
South Carolina Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Maritime Museum & Military Museum Mount Pleasant
Tennessee Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Music Museum & Hall of Fame Museum Nashville
Tennessee Hermitage, The History Museum Nashville
Tennessee National Civil Rights Museum History Museum Memphis
Tennessee Sun Studio Music Museum Memphis
Tennessee Titanic Museum History Museum & Boat Museum Pigeon Forge
Texas Amon Carter Museum of American Art Art Museum Fort Worth
Texas Houston Museum of Natural Science Natural History Museum Houston
Texas National Museum of the Pacific War Military Museum Fredericksburg
Texas Space Center Houston Space Museum Houston
Vermont Shelburne Museum History Museum Shelburne
Virginia Colonial Williamsburg Living History Museum Williamsburg
Virginia Mariners' Museum & Park, The Maritime Museum Newport News
Virginia National Air and Space Museum Aircraft/Aviation Museum & Space Museum Chantilly
Virginia National D-Day Memorial Military Museum Bedford
Virginia National Museum of the Marine Corps Military Museum Triangle
Virginia Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Art Museum Richmond
Washington Chihuly Garden and Glass Art Museum Seattle
Washington Museum of Flight Aircraft/Aviation Museum Seattle
Washington, D.C. National Air & Space Museum Aircraft/Aviation Museum & Space Museum Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. National Gallery of Art, The Art Museum Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. National Museum of American History, The History Museum Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. National Museum of Natural History Natural History Museum & Dinosaur Museum Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. National Portrait Gallery Art Museum Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. Newseum History Museum & Movie/TV Museum Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Institution Building History Museum Washington, D.C.
Wisconsin EAA AirVenture Museum Aircraft/Aviation Museum Oshkosh
Wyoming Buffalo Bill Center of the West History Museum Cody

Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California

Titanic Museum, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Titanic Museum, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont
Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont

RUNNER-UPS: MUSEUMS ALMOST GOOD ENOUGH TO MAKE THE TOP 100 LIST

Here are a list of other outstanding museums in the United States that we considered for the top 100 museums list above. Let me know if you think there are any other museums of this caliber/quality that we should be considering, either for this "runners-up" list or the top 100 museums list itself. (email = gparsons66 @ hotmail.com).

If you strongly feel that any of these museums should be included in the top 100 list above, please send us an email!

STATE MUSEUM NAME MUSEUM TYPE(S) TOWN / CITY
Alabama Space Camp / U.S. Space and Rocket Center  Space Museum Huntsville
Alaska Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center History Museum & Art Museum & Science Museum Anchorage
Alaska Museum of the North Art Museum & Natural History Museum Fairbanks
Arizona Heard Museum Art Museum & History Museum Phoenix
Arizona O.K. Corral History Museum Tombstone
Arizona Titan Missile Museum Military Museum Sahuarita
California Asian Art Museum Art Museum San Francisco
California Cable Car Museum Auto/Transportation Museum San Francisco
California California Science Center Science Museum Los Angeles
California Crocker Art Museum Art Museum Sacramento
California de Young Museum Art Museum San Francisco
California Exploratorium, The Science Museum & Children's Museum San Francisco
California Getty Villa, The Art Museum Malibu
California Legion of Honor Art Museum San Francisco
California Los Angeles County Museum of Art ("LACMA") Art Museum Los Angeles
California Maritime Museum of San Diego Maritime Museum & Submarine Museum  San Diego
California Oakland Museum of California History Museum Oakland
California Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits Natural History Museum Los Angeles
California Palm Springs Air Museum Aircraft/Aviation Museum Palm Springs
California Walt Disney Family Museum Movie/TV Museum San Francisco
Colorado Denver Art Museum Art Museum Denver
Colorado Denver Museum of Nature & Science Science Museum & Natural History Museum Denver
Connecticut Mystic Seaport: The Museum of America and the Sea Maritime Museum & Living History Museum Mystic
Florida Air Force Armament Museum Military Museum Fort Walton Beach
Florida Chihuly Collection Art Museum St. Petersburg
Florida Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Art Museum Jacksonville
Florida Lightner Museum, The History Museum St. Augustine
Florida St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum History Museum St. Augustine
Florida Ximenez-Fatio House, The History Museum St. Augustine
Georgia National Prisoner of War Museum History Museum Andersonville
Georgia High Museum of Art Art Museum Atlanta
Georgia Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site History Museum Atlanta
Georgia Museum of Aviation Aircraft/Aviation Museum Warner Robbins
Hawaii Bishop Museum History Museum Honolulu (Oahu)
Hawaii US Army Museum of Hawaii Military Museum Honolulu (Oahu)
Hawaii USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park Boat Museum & Military Museum & Submarine Museum Honolulu (Oahu)
Illinois Richard H. Driehaus Museum Art Museum Chicago
Kansas Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center Space Museum Hutchinson
Kentucky Kentucky Derby Museum Sports Museum Louisville
Kentucky Kentucky Horse Park Sports Museum Lexington
Kentucky National Corvette Museum Auto/Transportation Museum Bowling Green
Louisiana Mardi Gras World / Blaine Kern's Mardi Gras World Offbeat/Unusual Museum New Orleans
Louisiana Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden Art Museum New Orleans
Maryland American Visionary Art Museum Art Museum Baltimore
Massachusetts Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum History Museum Boston
Massachusetts Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum Art Museum Boston
Massachusetts Jenney Museum History Museum Plymouth
Massachusetts Museum of Science Science Museum Boston
Massachusetts Norman Rockwell Museum Art Museum Stockbridge
Massachusetts Peabody Essex Museum Art Museum Salem
Massachusetts Plimoth Plantation Living History Museum Plymouth
Massachusetts Worcester Art Museum Art Museum Worcester
Minnesota Minnesota History Center History Museum & State Museum St. Paul
Missouri Arabia Steamboat Museum Boat Museum Kansas City
Missouri Kaleidoscope Children's Museum Kansas City
Missouri Titanic Museum History Museum Branson
Nebraska Joslyn Art Museum Art Museum Omaha
Nevada Bodies The Exhibition Offbeat/Unusual Museum Las Vegas
Nevada National Automobile Museum Auto/Transportation Museum Reno
Nevada Neon Museum, The Offbeat/Unusual Museum Las Vegas
Nevada Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition History Museum Las Vegas
New Jersey Silverball Pinball Museum Offbeat/Unusual Museum Asbury Park
New Mexico Explora Science Center & Children's Museum Children's Museum Albuquerque
New Mexico Museum of International Folk Art Art Museum Santa Fe
New York Ellis Island Immigration Museum History Museum New York City
New York Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum History Museum Hyde Park
New York National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum Sports Museum & Hall of Fame Museum Cooperstown
New York Whitney Museum of American Art Art Museum New York City
North Carolina Billy Graham Library History Museum Charlotte
North Carolina Museum of Life & Science Science Museum & Natural History Museum Durham
North Carolina NASCAR Hall of Fame Sports Museum & Hall of Fame Museum Charlotte
North Carolina North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Natural History Museum & Dinosaur Museum Raleigh
Ohio Cincinnati Museum Center History Museum & Children's Museum Cincinnati
Ohio Pro Football Hall of Fame Sports Museum & Hall of Fame Museum Canton
Ohio USS Cod Submarine Memorial Boat Museum & Military Museum & Submarine Museum Cleveland
Oklahoma National Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Her. Museum History Museum & Hall of Fame Museum Oklahoma City
Oregon High Desert Museum Natural History Museum & Living History Museum Bend
Oregon National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center History Museum Baker City
Oregon Oregon Museum of Science and Industry  Science Museum Portland
Pennsylvania Franklin Institute, The Science Museum Philadelphia
Pennsylvania Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania Railroad Museum Strasburg
Tennessee Johnny Cash Museum Music Museum Nashville
Tennessee Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum Music Museum Memphis
Tennessee RCA Studio B Music Museum Nashville
Tennessee Stax Museum of American Soul Music Music Museum Memphis
Texas Bullock Texas State History Museum History Museum Austin
Texas Dallas Museum of Art Art Museum Dallas
Texas George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum History Museum Dallas
Texas Kimbell Art Museum Art Museum Fort Worth
Texas LBJ Presidential Library History Museum Austin
Texas Museum of Fine Arts, Houston ("MFAH") Art Museum Houston
Texas Perot Museum of Nature and Science Science Museum & Natural History Museum Dallas
Texas Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, The History Museum Dallas
Texas USS Lexington Boat Museum & Military Museum Corpus Christi
Virginia Chrysler Museum of Art Art Museum Norfolk
Virginia DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum Art Museum Williamsburg
Virginia Frontier Culture Museum Living History Museum Staunton
Virginia Historic Jamestowne Living History Museum Williamsburg
Virginia Jamestown Settlement Living History Museum Williamsburg
Washington EMP Museum / Experience Music Project Museum Music Museum & Movie/TV Museum Seattle
Washington, D.C. International Spy Museum Offbeat/Unusual Museum Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. National Archives Museum, The History Museum Washington, D.C.
West Virginia Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum Medical/Health Museum Weston
Wisconsin Harley-Davidson Museum Motorcycle Museum Milwaukee
Wisconsin Milwaukee Art Museum Art Museum Milwaukee
Wyoming Cody Dug Up Gun Museum Gun/Firearm Museum Cody
Wyoming Cody Firearms Museum Gun/Firearm Museum Cody
Wyoming National Museum of Wildlife Art Art Museum Jackson




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