USA Museums, Top Sites

  1. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. American Museum of Natural History - collections include more than 30 million items; dinosaur fossils, a 63 foot-long canoe carved by the Haida Indians, a slice of a giant sequoia tree, the costume of an African spirit dancer. Check out the pages for discount offers to several attractions throughout the city
  2. Art Museum Network Official Web site for the largest art museums in North America. Choose a museum by region.
  3. Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA. The BAM + PFA at the University of California offers a website with extensive exhibition information including online catalogs with images and audio artist interviews, a database of over 12,000 film notes on world cinema, searchable art and film collection guides, an interactive multimedia guide to modern art for kids and more.
  4. Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii. The State Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Pacific anthropology, botany, entomology and zoology. Includes on-line exhibits.
  5. Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY. The Brooklyn Museum of Art is one of the largest art institutions in the United States, with collections in Ancient Egyptian art and American Painting & Sculpture that are considered among the world's finest. One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collection includes more than one and a half million objects and represents almost every culture.
  6. Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is widely regarded as America's finest western museum. Located in northwestern Wyoming, 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park's East Gate, the Center features a library and four internationally acclaimed museums under one roof.
  7. China the Beautiful, Guttenberg, NJ. Virtual museum of Chinese culture art painting calligraphy philosophy literature poetry. Possibly the largest on-line site for classical Chinese arts and literature with 20,000 visitors per month.
  8. Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio.
  9. Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia. Historic capital of 18th century Virginia.
  10. Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York. The Corning collection includes more than 27,000 objects representing 3,500 years of achievements in glass design and craftmanship. The Museum's Rakow Library is the principal research center for glass students worldwide. Its collections consist of more than 70,000 volumes and 800 periodicals in 41 languages. See also the Corning Glass Center, Corning, New York.
  11. Diego Rivera Web Museum dedicated to the Mexican muralist painter Diego Rivera (1886-l957). (Also in Spanish.)
  12. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco , San Francisco, CA. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco's web site contains an astonishing database of over 65,000 images from the permanent collection. It also contains museum information on important exhibitions, tours, the collection, etc.
  13. Florida Association of Museums, a listing. A website that includes a searchable directory of all museums in Florida, plus a listing of exhibits that can be searched by month.
  14. Franklin Institute Virtual Science Museum, Philadelphia. Includes virtual exhibits.
  15. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia. Includes images of contemporary art, a decorative arts collection, American and European painting, African art, folk art, and photography.
  16. Illinois State Museum, Springfield. Natural history, anthropology, art, and natural/cultural history of Illinois.
  17. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA. Getty Museum collections, history, vistor services and information.
  18. Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, KS. Extensive site offering exhibits and collections tracing Kansas history from prehistoric times to the present day. An Atchison,Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad locomotive highlights the Main Gallery of the Kansas Museum of History. Built in 1984, the museum holds more than 22,000 square feet of exhibits about Kansas's colorful past. You'll see a full-sized Cheyenne tipi, covered wagon, log house, and a 1911 airplane manufactured and flown in the state. The Special Exhibits Gallery features changing exhibits on special topics dealing with Kansas and the American West.
  19. Kennedy Space Center NASA.
  20. Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA. Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) is the public science museum and research center for K-12 education at the University of California, Berkeley. LHS offers hands-on science exhibits, discovery laboratories, computer labs, planetarium shows, after-school classes and summer camps, family workshops, special events, school programs and teacher education. Science and mathematics teaching materials and curricula developed at LHS are used in schools across the U.S. and worldwide.
  21. Library of Congress, Washington DC. On-line exhibits.
  22. Los Angeles museums, a listing.
  23. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. One of the largest art museums in the world. See the collections.
  24. Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. Ancient Americas, Egypt and Near East; prints and drawings; Asia; Greece and Rome; sub-Saharan African.
  25. Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI. Established in 1888, the Milwaukee Art Museum features 20,000 works from ancient objects to recent art. A 125,000-square-foot, $50 million building expansion project is underway, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
  26. Mingei International Museum, San Diego, CA. The official Mingei International Museum of World Folk Arts and Crafts presents an extensive photo collection of current and past exhibitions.
  27. Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota. Fine arts museum.
  28. Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA. Small but influential museum focused on new art, often by young artists. Bilingual wall texts, audioguides, Web site is bilingual (Spanish/English). MCA collects, exhibits and interprets the art of our time, focusing on the period from 1950 to the present. The Museum has two locations: the flagship facility in La Jolla, founded in 1941 and recently renovated and expanded by Robert Venturi (1996); and the downtown San Diego satellite space, which opened in 1993.
  29. Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angekes, CA. Unique! (Read "Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonders")
  30. Museum of Modern Art, (MoMA), New York City. See menu including the collection and current exhibitions.
  31. Museum of Paleontology, University of California, Berkeley. See the hall of dinosaurs.
  32. National Air and Space Museum, Washington, DC. Includes exhibition galleries. See also the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.
  33. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
  34. National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC. The only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to the recognition of women in the arts, including a tour of their on-line galleries.
  35. Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO. A general art museum comprising objects from ancient times to the present, and all cultures, with special emphasis on Chinese art and English ceramics from the 17th century.
  36. New York City museums, a listing. See also New York Museums
  37. Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California . One of the largest regional museums in the country, devoted exclusively to Californian art, history and ecology. The Oakland Museum of California maintains and hosts the USA list you are currently browsing!
  38. Ohio Historical Society, Columbus, OH. The Ohio Historical Society conducts a range of activities related to interpreting, collecting and preserving the state's heritage.
  39. Oregon State Archives Online Exhibit, Salem, OR. This online exhibit of Oregon history features over 100 separate Web pages and nearly 250 images. The exhibit interprets Oregon history primarily through documents and images held by the Oregon State Archives. Topics include prohibition in Oregon, a notorious prison escape, colorful Oregon trademarks, and more. A new exhibit is added every two months.
  40. Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, New Haven, CT. Over 11 million specimens/objects from the curatorial disciplines of Anthropology, Botany, Vertebrate Paleontology, Vertebrate Zoology, Paleobotany, Entomology, Invertebrate Zoology, Invertebrate Paleontology, Mineralogy, Historical Scientific Instruments, Meteorites.
  41. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA. The Philadelphia Museum of Art, founded in 1876, is unique among American museums in its integrated presentation of a full range of fine and applied arts from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. Spanning over 2,000 years, the collections include masterpieces of painting, sculpture, prints, and drawings displayed with a wide range of furniture, silver, glasswork, architectural elements, and entire furnished rooms from historic houses.
  42. Photo Perspectives An interactive photography museum, designed to allow the public direct access to publications and museum quality exhibitions on-line.
  43. Rice University Art Gallery, Houston, TX. Contemporary art, architecture and design
  44. San Francisco Bay Area museums, a listing. Including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
  45. San Jose Art Museum, San Jose State University, California. Includes a growing searchable database of cultural photographs from around the world accessable in a number of ways.
  46. Shrine to Music Museum, University of South Dakota.
  47. Sixth Floor Museum, John F. Kennedy and the memory of a Nation. The Museum is located on the sixth floor of the former Texas School Book Depository over looking Dealey Plaza at the site of the Kennedy assassination.
  48. Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. Includes:
    1. List of Smithsonian places
    2. New and temporary exhibitions at the Smithsonian
    3. National Air and Space Museum. Includes exhibition galleries. See also the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies.
    4. See The White House Collection of American Craft exhibition. Includes much audio and video material. See also Gopher site.
    5. National Museum of Natural History. See Ocean Planet, a travelling exhibition.
    6. National Zoological Park.
  49. St. Louis Science Center, Missouri.
  50. Tech Museum of Innovation, San Jose, California. Includes HyperTech on-line interactive exhibits.
  51. The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY. The Museum houses over 29,000 objects represeting 3,500 years of glassmaking; also houses the Rakow Library, the most comprehensive research library in the world. Images of some of the collection, and an extensive educatational section called "A Resource of Glass" that is used as a syllabus for many schools and researchers.
  52. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, va. The Library of Virginia has served the archives and research needs of Virginians since 1823. The Library hosts special exhibits and displays of historic documents and artifacts. The Digital Library Project currently provides access to more than 2 million digital images of historic materials.
  53. The Mariners' Museum, Newport News, VA. Largest International Maritime Museum in America. Great Research Library, staffed with more than a dozen people to help the public. Great online exhibits, and many educational curriculums free for middle school students. Nearly ALL of the 75,000 catalog cards for the Library are online...
  54. University of Missouri, Museum of Art and Archaeology, Columbia, MO. The Museum's collection, over 13,000 objects, is strong in classical art and archaeology, as well as European and American art from the 15th c. to the present. This site includes exhibit information, a virtual exhibit of Roman Coins and an extensive museum education page.
  55. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthroplogy, Philadelphia, PA. Has sponsored over 300 expeditions around the world and have artifacts from every inhabited continent.
  56. Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT. The YCBA holds one of the most comprehensive collections of British Art outside of London. The Center places special emphasis on art from the 17th Century to the present.
  57. ZEUM, San Francisco, CA. Hands-on art and technology center. Create animation, multimedia, 3d modeling, performing arts, etc. Targeted at ages 8-18.
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