Must-See Museums in Every State – 24/7 Wall St.
There are over 35,000 museums in the United States. Although many of them feature art, there are many other types as well. Some celebrate humanity’s achievements, while others focus on certain regions or parts of our history (including humanity’s darkest times involving slavery and genocide). Some look to the future with exhibits on space exploration and modern technology, while still others offer a window into the past, revealing how those who came before us lived. (These are the cities with the highest concentration of historical places.)
Over the years, museums have evolved from presenting exhibits behind ropes and glass partitions to more interactive experiences that engage younger and older visitors. They have also hosted traveling exhibitions that have become media events, such as Egypt’s “Treasures of Tutankhamun” which has taken the United States by storm. in the late 1970s.
Every state has dozens of worthy museums, and choosing which one or ones to enjoy can seem like an impossible task. To meet the challenge, 24/7 Tempo compiled a list of must-see museums in each state.
To do this, we sifted through the rankings of these institutions by various sources, including travel websites. We’ve considered the top museums on these lists for each state and assessed visitor feedback. In many cases, we have chosen museums that provide experiences unique to their surroundings rather than art collections that might be better known. These institutions are often less expensive than their more famous counterparts, and sometimes even free. (These are the most expensive museums in America.)
The type and description of each museum comes from MuseumsUSA, an online guide listing 15,600 museums, 80 museum associations and 1,900 suppliers serving the museum community. Most of the descriptive details come from TripAdvisor.
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Some of the museums on the list are relatively new. For example, the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle was started by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in 2000and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, was founded in 2005 by Alice Walton, daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton. Others are venerable institutions whose origins date back to the 19th century. All are well worth a visit.