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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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Art Institute of Chicago 
                    is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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American Museum of Natural His... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 5 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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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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Philadelphia Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA - Visitors: 812,479

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The Henry Ford 
                    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The Henry Ford Dearborn, Michigan USA

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National Gallery of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
National Gallery of Art Visitors: 4,605,606

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United States Holocaust Memori... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston, Massachusetts USA

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Museum of Modern Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Modern Art New York City, New York USA

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The Children's Museum of India... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Getty Center 
                    is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Getty Center California, USA - Visitors: 1,153,903

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Cleveland Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Cleveland Museum of Art University Circle, Cleveland Ohio

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Detroit Institute of Arts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, Michigan USA

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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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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 18 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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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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Los Angeles County Museum of A... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Museum of Fine Arts, Houston 
                    is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Houston, Texas USA

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National Baseball Hall of Fame... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Carnegie Museum of Natural His... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 
                    is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
                    is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 525,617

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Exploratorium 
                    is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Frederik Meijer Gardens & Scul... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Newseum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Newseum Washington, D.C. USA

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Denver Art Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 30 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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Freer and Sackler Galleries 
                    is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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High Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
High Museum of Art Atlanta, Georgia USA - Visitors: 535,000

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M. H. de Young Memorial Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 33 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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Walker Art Center 
                    is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Walker Art Center Minnesota, USA - Visitors: 610,371

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Kimbell Art Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Kimbell Art Museum Fort Worth, Texas USA - Fort Worth, Texas

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Museum of Contemporary Art, Ch... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Chicago, Illinois USA

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San Francisco Museum of Modern... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 37 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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Los Angeles 
                    is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Dallas Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Dallas Museum of Art Dallas, Texas USA - Visitors: 907,000

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National Museum of the Marine ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Peabody Museum of Archaeology ... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Pensacola Naval Air Station Hi... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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The New York Museum of Contemp... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
The New York Museum of Contemporary Art

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Indianapolis Museum of Art 
                    is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Natural History Museum of Utah 
                    is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Natural History Museum of Utah Salt Lake City, UT

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Peabody Essex Museum 
                    is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Museums in the United States

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Isabella Stewart Gardner Museu... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston, Massachusetts USA

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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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Barnes Foundation of Philadelp... 
                    is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Barnes Foundation of Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

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Science Museum of Minnesota 
                    is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Museums in the United States
Science Museum of Minnesota Saint Paul, Minnesota USA