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 Ángeles, CA
Museo de arte · Bunker Hill · 168 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

Museo Metropolitano de Arte is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

2. Museo Metropolitano de Arte

9.5
(Metropolitan Museum of Art)
1000 5th Ave (btwn E 80th & E 84th St), New York, NY
Museo de arte · 1954 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

3. Solomon R Guggenheim Museum

8.6
1071 5th Ave (at E 89th St), New York, NY
Museo de arte · Carnegie Hill · 569 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

Museo de Arte Moderno (MoMA) is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

4. Museo de Arte Moderno (MoMA)

9.3
(Museum of Modern Art (MoMA))
11 W 53rd St (btwn 5th & 6th Ave), New York, NY
Museo de arte · 1876 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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)

9.4
5905 Wilshire Blvd (at S Ogden Dr), Los Ángeles, CA
Museo de arte · Mid-City West · 444 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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 Ángeles, CA
Museo de arte · Brentwood · 503 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

Instituto de Arte de Chicago is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

7. Instituto de Arte de Chicago

9.5
(The Art Institute of Chicago)
111 S Michigan Ave (btwn Monroe St & Jackson Dr), Chicago, IL
Museo de arte · Grant Park · 685 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

Museo de Bellas Artes is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

8. Museo de Bellas Artes

9.4
(Museum of Fine Arts)
465 Huntington Ave (at Museum Rd), Boston, MA
Museo de arte · Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood · 304 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

9. Museum of Fine Arts Houston

9.3
1001 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX
Museo de arte · 137 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

10. Philadelphia Museum of Art

9.3
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Filadelfia, PA
Museo de arte · West Philadelphia · 306 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

Galería Nacional de Arte is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

11. Galería Nacional de Arte

9.5
(National Gallery of Art)
6th St and Constitution Ave NW (at Constitution Ave NW), Washington, D.C.
Museo de arte · Northwest Washington · 155 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

12. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

9.3
151 3rd St (btwn Mission & Howard St), San Francisco, CA
Museo de arte · SoMa · 242 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

13. Detroit Institute of Arts

9.4
5200 Woodward Ave (btwn E Kirby & Farnsworth), Detroit, MI
Museo de arte · Wayne State · 162 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

Museo de Arte de Cleveland is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

14. Museo de Arte de Cleveland

9.5
(The Cleveland Museum of Art)
11150 East Blvd (at Wade Oval Dr), Cleveland, OH
Museo de arte · University Circle · 110 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

15. Dia:Beacon

9.3
3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY
Museo de arte · 110 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

Escuela de Diseño de Rhode Island is one of 21 Must-See Art Museums in America.

16. Escuela de Diseño de Rhode Island

8.4
(Rhode Island School of Design)
2 College St (Benefit Street), Providence, RI
Universidad · College Hill · 6 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

17. Colección Frick

9.0
(The Frick Collection)
1 E 70th St (at 5th Ave), New York, NY
Museo de arte · Upper East Side · 212 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

18. Whitney Museum of American Art

9.1
99 Gansevoort St (btwn 10th Ave & Washington St), New York, NY
Museo de arte · Meatpacking District · 435 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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
Museo de arte · Golden Gate Park · 279 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

20. Smithsonian American Art Museum

8.9
800 G St. NW (8th and F Streets, NW), Washington, D.C.
Museo de arte · Downtown-Penn Quarter-Chinatown · 86 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.

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

21. Brooklyn Museum

9.3
200 Eastern Pkwy (at Washington Ave), Brooklyn, NY
Museo de arte · Prospect Park · 424 tips y reseñas

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. Leer más.