50 States Series: Museums Worth Traveling For (2016 Edition!)

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In early 2014 we launched our 50 States Series on the FlipKey blog. Throughout the months we’ve touched on a number of subjects – awarding businesses, museums, activities and more with a spot on our lists. We spent time highlighting their attributes, accomplishments, and why they deserve to be a stop on your next vacation.

We’re starting back at our roots with this post – as we name another 50 museums from around the USA to this prestigious list. Here’s what we said about the award-winners and award process last year:

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.

So check out this year’s list and start planning an educational and fun trip you’ll never forget.

Alabama (Birmingham): Space One Eleven

Alaska (Homer): Pratt Museum

Arizona (Phoenix): Musical Instrument Museum

Arkansas (Little Rock): Clinton Presidential Library & Museum

California (Los Angeles): La Brea Tar Pits Museum

Colordao (Denver): Kirkland Museum

Connecticut (Hartford): Connecticut Science Center

Delaware (Wilmington): Delaware Art Museum

Florida (St. Petersburg): The Dali Museum

Georgia (Atlanta): The Breman Museum

Hawaii (Honolulu): Bishop Museum

Idaho (Boise): Boise Art Museum

Illinois (Chicago): The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Indiana (Indianapolis): Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Iowa (Iowa City): University of Iowa Museum of Art

Kansas (Wamego): Oz Museum

Kentucky (Bowling Green): The Kentucky Museum

Louisiana (New Orleans): New Orleans Museum of Art

Maine (Rockland): Farnsworth Art Museum

Maryland (Hagerstown): Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Massachusetts (Worcester): Worcester Art Museum

Michigan (Grand Rapids): Grand Rapids Public Museum

Minnesota (Minneapolis): Bell Museum of Natural History

Mississippi (Jackson): Mississippi Museum of Art

Missouri (St. Louis): Pulitzer Arts Foundation

Montana (Great Falls): C.M. Russell Museum

Nebraska (Omaha): Joslyn Art Museum

Nevada (Las Vegas): Barrick Museum

New Hampshire (Manchester): Currier Museum of Art

New Jersey (Montclair): Montclair Art Museum

New Mexico (Sante Fe): Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

New York (New York City): Whitney Museum of American Art

North Carolina (Spencer): North Carolina Transportation Museum

North Dakota (Grand Forks): North Dakota Museum of Art

Ohio (Cincinnati): Museum of Natural History & Science

Oklahoma (Oklahoma City): Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Oregon (Portland): Oregon Historical Society Museum

Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh): Andy Warhol Museum

Rhode Island (Newport): National Museum of American Illustration

South Carolina (Charleston): Charleston Museum

South Dakota (Deadwood): Adams Museum

Tennessee (Memphis): National Civil Rights Museum

Texas (Spring): Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

Utah (Provo): Brigham Young University Museum of Art

Vermont (Stowe): Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum

Virginia (Charlottesville): The Fralin Museum of Art

Washington (Seattle): Museum of History and Industry

West Virginia (Huntington): Huntington Museum of Art

Wisconsin (Baraboo): Circus World Museum

Wyoming (Cody): Buffalo Bill Center of the West