The USA has by far the most number of museums among the world’s countries. At a whopping 35,000 museums, many of these dedicated to displaying prominent artwork. The United States certainly has a lot of places to see from a tourist stand point. Here are the best art museums the United States has to offer, any art loving tourist should surely plan on visiting them:
1. Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City
This shouldn’t come as a surprise that the largest museum in the United States is also the best the country has to offer. This grand museum is located on 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York City, USA. It receives millions of visitors each year, 7 million people visited the museum in 2016 alone. The museum has a huge variety of artifacts and objects in its collection. Everything from drawings, paintings, ancient artworks and sculptures to weapons and armors and even a complete full size Egyptian temple. There are also Greek, Roman, Medieval, Byzantine and Islamic sections and exhibits. It also has two huge libraries with a vast selection of books. It has beautiful architecture, both old and new, making it a must see for anyone visiting New York City.
2. Art Institute of Chicago – Chicago, Illinois
The Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879 in Chicago’s Grant Park, making it second largest and one of the oldest museums in the United States. The museum is home to all sort of art works from a multitude of backgrounds. Artworks from all over the world are exhibited at the museum. These include African, Indian, American, European and Asian artworks. There are many paintings and sculptures as well. The museum also has a section dedicated to modern and contemporary arts. There are also sections for photography, prints, designs and textiles. If visitors need more information on exhibits, the museum is also host to a few libraries. Some of the crown jewels in the museum’s collection are Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks, Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Georges Seurat’s pointillist A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
3. Cleveland Museum of Art – Cleveland, Ohio
Located on 11150 East Boulevard Cleveland, Ohio, the Cleveland Museum of Art was founded as a trust in 1913 and saw expansions from the mid to the late 20th century. The museum is regarded as one of the best art museums in the United States, and certainly one of the oldest too. It features a large library, known as Ingalls Library. The museum is also home to various beautiful artworks and sculptures. The museum’s collection is divided into 16 different departments, each focusing on a particular type of artwork. These include the likes of the Chinese Art, African Art, European Art, Textiles & Islamic Art, American Painting & Sculpture, Greek & Roman Art, Contemporary Art, Medieval Art and Indian & Southeast Asian Art, just to name a few. The museum also happens to be one of the most visited museums in the world, raking in an estimated 705,000 visitors in the year 2016 alone.