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50 States Series: Top Museums Worth Traveling For


Whether you’re a history buff, a lover of fine art, or you just want to spend a day inside in an air conditioned building while learning something – there is definitely a museum for you. The weird, the wild, and the “wow!” can all be found in museums across the USA. This list includes some of the most sophisticated and high end museums in the country too. Many museums examine the local culture and help you understand the region or its people. Other museums make you say “I can not believe a place like this exists, but just you try and stop me from going to see what the heck they have in there.”

We’ve searched through every state to find the 50 most fascinating museums worth traveling for. The decisions were difficult, but the piles of visitor praise for these spots helped shape the list. Whether it houses a billion dollars worth of artifacts, or it features the world’s largest ball of yarn, we highly recommend visiting any entry on our list during your upcoming trip.

Alabama (Mobile): History Museum of Mobile

Alaska (Anchorage): Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Arizona (Phoenix): Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Arkansas (Little Rock): Historic Arkansas Museum

California (San Jose): The Tech Museum of Innovation

Colorado (Denver): Clyfford Still Museum

Connecticut (Greenwich): Bruce Museum

Delaware (Dover): Biggs Museum of American Art

Florida (Miami): Pérez Art Museum Miami

Georgia (Macon): Museum of Arts & Science

Hawaii (Honolulu): The ARTS at Marks Garage

Idaho (Blackfoot): Idaho Potato Museum

Illinois (Chicago): National Museum of Mexican Art

Indiana (Indianapolis): Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Iowa (Cedar Rapids): Cedar Rapids Museum of Art

Kansas (Hutchinson): Strataca Kansas Underground Salt Museum

Kentucky (Petersburg): Creation Museum

Louisiana (New Orleans): Degas House

Maine (Waterville): Colby Museum of Art

Maryland (Baltimore): Geppi’s Entertainment Museum

Massachusetts (Boston): ICA Boston

Michigan (East Lansing): Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum

Minnesota (Minneapolis): The Museum of Russian Art

Mississippi (Meridian): Jimmie Rodgers Museum

Missouri (Kansas City): American Jazz Museum

Montana (Helena): Holter Museum of Art

Nebraska (Hastings): Hastings Museum

Nevada (Las Vegas): The Neon Museum

New Hampshire (Dover): The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire

New Jersey (Asbury Park): Silver Ball Museum

New Mexico (Santa Fe): Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

New York (New York): National Museum of Mathematics

North Carolina (Raleigh): North Carolina Museum of Art

North Dakota (Fargo): Plains Art Museum

Ohio (Cincinnati): American Sign Museum

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): American Banjo Museum

Oregon (Eugene): University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Pennsylvania (Philadelphia): Woodmere Art Museum

Rhode Island (Pawtucket): Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame

South Carolina (Myrtle Beach): Encounters: U.F.O. Experience

South Dakota (Rapid City): Museum of Geology

Tennessee (Memphis): Metal Museum

Texas (Dallas): Frontiers of Flight Museum

Utah (Salt Lake City): The Leonardo

Vermont (Brattleboro): Brattleboro Museum & Art Center

Virginia (Norfolk): Chrysler Museum of Art

Washington (Seattle): Frye Museum

West Virginia (Charleston): Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences

Wisconsin (Middleton): National Mustard Museum

Wyoming (Jackson): National Museum of Wildlife Art

For more activities per state to add to your road trip, check out our list of Top Restaurants Worth Traveling For.


Wapiti Trail by Bart Walter at the National Museum of Wildlife Art  

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