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21 Must-See Art Museums in America
The Broad is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

1. The Broad

9.3
221 S Grand Ave (at 2nd St), Los Angeles, CA
Art Museum · Bunker Hill · 161 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Los Angeles’ newest contemporary art museum, The Broad (rhymes with “road”), houses Eli and Edythe Broad’s formerly private collection of over 2,000 works of modern art from the 1950s to present day. Read more.

Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art

9.6
1000 5th Ave (btwn E 80th & E 84th St), New York, NY
Art Museum · Central Park · 1945 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: After a major renovation, “the Met” reopened its Islamic Wing, showcasing tapestries, decorative objects, and an entire room from eighteenth-century Damascus. Read more.

Solomon R Guggenheim Museum is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

3. Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

8.7
1071 5th Ave (at E 89th St), New York, NY
Art Museum · Carnegie Hill · 564 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The museum is open late on Saturdays and offers a “Pay What You Wish” admission from 5:45-7:45 p.m., but note that it can get quite crowded. Read more.

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

4. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

9.3
11 W 53rd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Art Museum · Midtown East · 1874 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Don’t miss the outdoor sculpture garden, which features works by Picasso, Miró, and Giacometti, as well as a Paris subway entrance by Hector Guimard. Read more.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

5. Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)

9.5
5905 Wilshire Blvd (at S Ogden Dr), Los Angeles, CA
Art Museum · Mid-City West · 442 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Continuously growing and expanding, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is the largest art museum on the West Coast, containing some 120,000 objects that span ancient history to modern times. Read more.

J. Paul Getty Museum is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

6. J. Paul Getty Museum

9.4
1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA
Art Museum · Brentwood · 505 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The art collection is divided between the buildings by time period, and the Getty’s collection of eighteenth-century French decorative arts is especially renowned. Read more.

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

7. The Art Institute of Chicago

9.5
111 S Michigan Ave (btwn Monroe St & Jackson Dr), Chicago, IL
Art Museum · Grant Park · 671 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Don’t miss the museum’s celebrated Chagall stained-glass windows, which have been restored and are on view in the Arthur Rubloff building. Read more.

Museum of Fine Arts is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

8. Museum of Fine Arts

9.4
465 Huntington Ave (at Museum Rd), Boston, MA
Art Museum · Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood · 298 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The Beaux-Arts building of the Museum of Fine Arts contains an impressive collection of American works by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Jackson Pollock. Read more.

Museum of Fine Arts Houston is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

9. Museum of Fine Arts Houston

9.4
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX
Art Museum · The Museum District · 133 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The MFAH covers world cultures, including art of the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Be sure to check out the sculpture garden with works by Rodin, Matisse, and Giacometti. Read more.

Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

10. Philadelphia Museum of Art

9.4
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA
Art Museum · West Philadelphia · 305 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The collection covers all major periods and styles, but it's the modern collection that is especially notable, including the world’s largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp. Read more.

National Gallery of Art is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

11. National Gallery of Art

9.5
6th St and Constitution Ave NW (at Constitution Ave NW), Washington, D.C.
Art Museum · Northwest Washington · 151 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Located on the National Mall, the National Gallery of Art was founded in the 1930s. Insider tip: The sculpture garden touts an ice rink in the winter and free jazz concerts in the spring and summer. Read more.

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

12. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

9.4
151 3rd St (btwn Mission & Howard St), San Francisco, CA
Art Museum · SoMa · 238 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The museum has an extensive collection of 20th century art, from Fauvism and Cubism to Pop Art, Minimalism, and Abstract Expressionism. SFMOMA also boasts a notable collection of photography. Read more.

Detroit Institute of Arts is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

13. Detroit Institute of Arts

9.5
5200 Woodward Ave (btwn E Kirby & Farnsworth), Detroit, MI
Art Museum · Wayne State · 164 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The Detroit Institute of Arts displays an impressive collection of African-American art, in addition to its holdings of American, European, Asian, African, Native American, and Islamic art. Read more.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

14. The Cleveland Museum of Art

9.6
11150 East Blvd (at Wade Oval Dr), Cleveland, OH
Art Museum · University Circle · 112 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Ohio’s major cultural attraction is the Cleveland Museum of Art, founded in 1913. Don’t miss Warhol’s Marilyn x 100 screen print. Read more.

Dia:Beacon is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

15. Dia:Beacon

9.4
3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
Art Museum · 107 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: For contemporary art lovers, a trip to Dia:Beacon is considered a pilgrimage. It's easily reachable via the Metro-North Railroad from New York City. Read more.

Rhode Island School of Design is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

16. Rhode Island School of Design

8.5
2 College St (Benefit Street), Providence, RI
University · College Hill · 6 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The Rhode Island School of Design is one of the leading art schools in the country, and its museum marks one of New England’s best art collections. Read more.

The Frick Collection is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

17. The Frick Collection

8.9
1 E 70th St (at 5th Ave), New York, NY
Art Museum · Upper East Side · 212 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Walking into the Frick Collection on the Upper East Side feels like stepping back in time to nineteenth-century Paris. Special exhibits can be hard to get into; advance ticketing is recommended. Read more.

Whitney Museum of American Art is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

18. Whitney Museum of American Art

9.2
99 Gansevoort St (btwn 10th Ave & Washington St), New York, NY
Art Museum · Meatpacking District · 426 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, a sculptor and collector, established the museum when the Metropolitan Museum of Art refused her donation of twentieth-century American art. Read more.

de Young Museum is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

19. de Young Museum

9.1
50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr (at John F Kennedy Dr), San Francisco, CA
Art Museum · Golden Gate Park · 279 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: Visitors can ascend the museum's 144-foot-high tower to admire San Francisco views from the observation room, free of charge. Read more.

Smithsonian American Art Museum is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

20. Smithsonian American Art Museum

9.2
800 G St. NW (8th and F Streets, NW), Washington, D.C.
Art Museum · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 85 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The museum includes folk art and crafts, decorative arts, and the largest collection of New Deal art and American Impressionist paintings. Visitors tend to adore the contemporary craft collection. Read more.

Brooklyn Museum is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

21. Brooklyn Museum

9.4
200 Eastern Pkwy (at Washington Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Art Museum · Prospect Park · 420 tips and reviews

Fodor's TravelFodor's Travel: The Brooklyn Museum traces its roots back to 1823, almost fifty years before Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art was born. Its Egyptian collection is regularly ranked one of the best in the world. Read more.