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A list of the most visited museums in the United States, with pictures. For some, "the most popular" means "the best", and these are definitely some of the most famous American museums. Top museums are often major tourist attractions, and can be a museum of natural history, art, science, or many others. Early museums were collections owned by private individuals. Whether these collections were open to the public was up to the owner. Today, museums are institutions dedicated to the study and exhibition of art, artifacts, and other objects of importance. One can only imagine the collections necessary to make the museums on this list some of the most popular in the world.

What are the best museums in the US? Included on this list are museums of art - both classical and modern, natural history, and children's museums. These institutions document and display the national heritage of the US through art, fossils, historical letters and papers, and other relics of USA culture and world history.

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Smithsonian 
                    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Smithsonian Washington, D.C., USA

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American Museum of Natural His... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
American Museum of Natural History New York City, New York, USA

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Field Museum of Natural Histor... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Field Museum of Natural History Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Metropolitan Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City, New York, USA - Visitors: 4,891,450

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Art Institute of Chicago 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Art Institute of Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA - Visitors: 1,846,889

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Museum of Science and Industry 
                    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Science and Industry Illinois, USA - Chicago Il  

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The Henry Ford 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Henry Ford Dearborn, Michigan, USA

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Philadelphia Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - Visitors: 812,479

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United States Holocaust Memori... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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National Gallery of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Gallery of Art Visitors: 4,605,606

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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York City, New York, USA - Visitors: 1,263,111

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Cleveland Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Cleveland Museum of Art University Circle, Cleveland, Ohio

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Museum of Modern Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Modern Art New York City, New York, USA

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Getty Center 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Getty Center California, USA - Visitors: 1,153,903

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The Children's Museum of India... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis Indiana, USA - Visitors: 1,300,000

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Franklin Institute 
                    is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Franklin Institute Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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Detroit Institute of Arts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan, USA

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National Portrait Gallery 
                    is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Portrait Gallery Visitors: 1,186,493

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National Baseball Hall of Fame... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum Cooperstown, New York, USA

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Los Angeles County Museum of A... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Los Angeles County Museum of Art California, USA - Visitors: 695,545

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Downtown Cleveland, Cleveland, Ohio - Cleveland OH

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Carnegie Museum of Natural His... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston, Texas, USA

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Exploratorium 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Newseum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Newseum Washington, D.C., USA

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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Southwest, Washington, D.C. - Visitors: 668,125

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Denver Art Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Denver Art Museum From the architecture to the touring exhibits, the Denver Art Museum is gaining much recognition, and is a "MUST SEE" for visitors to the mile high city.  

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 525,617

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Scul... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Grand Rapids Charter Township, Michigan, USA - Visitors: 504,488

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Kimbell Art Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas, USA - Fort Worth, Texas

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Los Angeles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Ch... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Chicago, Illinois, USA

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The New York Museum of Contemp... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The New York Museum of Contemporary Art

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M. H. de Young Memorial Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum California, USA - Visitors: 1,840,812

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Freer and Sackler Galleries 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Walker Art Center 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Walker Art Center Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 610,371

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museu... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Indianapolis Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Pensacola Naval Air Station Hi... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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High Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
High Museum of Art Atlanta, Georgia, USA - Visitors: 535,000

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Natural History Museum of Utah 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Natural History Museum of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City, Missouri, USA

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National Museum of the Marine ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Peabody Museum of Archaeology ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Science Museum of Minnesota 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Science Museum of Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA

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San Francisco Museum of Modern... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art California, USA - Visitors: 703,520

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The Andy Warhol Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Andy Warhol Museum Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

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Museum of Aviation 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Aviation Georgia, USA

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Peabody Essex Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the United States