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General Information about Museums
Art Exhibits & Galleries
State, national, and international.
The 15 Best Children's Museums in the U.S.
"The best children's museums in the country feature interactive exhibits where kids want to linger, playing is encouraged, and learning is a byproduct of the fun." From Parents Magazine.
Find a Children's Museum
"Search by keyword, location, state, country, or category to find a children’s museum near you." From the Association of Children's Museums.
Find a Science Center
"Use the search form below to find science centers and museums that are members of the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC). Each offers a wide variety of engaging exhibitions, programs, and other opportunities to explore science, technology, engineering, and math." From the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC).
Google Arts & Culture (formerly "The Art Project")
"Museums large and small, classic and modern, world-renowned and community-based from over 40 countries have contributed more than 40,000 high-resolution images of works ranging from oil on canvas to sculpture and furniture. Some paintings are available in 'gigapixel' format, allowing you to zoom in at brushstroke level to examine incredible detail. Use Google Street View to explore the interiors of landmarks such as the Palace of Versailles and The White House. Or, build and share your own virtual art gallery." From Google Cultural Institute.
The Most Anticipated Museum Openings of 2022
Planned openings for national and international museums. From Smithsonian Magazine.
Museums in New York City
Directory from
Museums in the US
Browse by state. See also their Art Museums Worldwide page.

Museums - State, National, & International
American Museum of Natural History
New York. "The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures." You can explore items in the museum's collection online.

See also:
Division of Paleontology Collection
Anthropology Collections Database
The Art Institute of Chicago
Chicago. "The permanent collection has grown from plaster casts to nearly 300,000 works of art in fields ranging from Chinese bronzes to contemporary design and from textiles to installation art. Together, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago are now internationally recognized as two of the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States." You can browse or search items from their collections online.
British Museum
"The original collection of the British Museum included antiquities, coins and medals, natural history specimens and a large library collection. It now comprises over 8 million objects spanning the history of the world's cultures: from the stone tools of early man to twentieth century prints." You can explore highlights from their collection online.
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
"Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design."
"The permanent collection of the Guggenheim Foundation embodies the institution's distinctive history, which has intersected with and catalyzed the development of 20th and 21st century art." You can explore highlights from their permanent collection online.
The Louvre
France. "Founded in 1793 as a museum for all, it celebrates humanity's long journey with the remarkable scope of a collection that spans thousands of years, reaches from America to the borders of India and China, and is highlighted by such iconic, universally admired works as the Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and the Victory of Samothrace." You can search or browse selections from their collection online.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York. "The Museum's two-million-square-foot building houses over two million objects, tens of thousands of which are on view at any given time." Collections include arms and armor, African art, Oceania, art of the Americans, ancient Near Eastern art, Asian art, costume, drawings and prints, Egyptian art, European sculpture and decorative arts, Greek and Roman art, Islamic art, medieval art, modern and contemporary art, musical instruments, photographs, and the Robert Lehman Collection. Their collections can be browsed or searched online.
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
"The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 450,000 works of art." You can search or browse items in their collections online.
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
New York. "Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world." Collections include: Architecture and Design, Drawings, Paintings and Sculptures, Prints and Illustrated Books, Media and Performance Art, Media and Performance Art, and Film. You can explore items from their collections online.
Museum Village
Monroe, NY. "Today, more than 50 years later, Museum Village still pursues its founder's vision of educating generations of Americans about the work and life of their ancestors. Through educational programs, hands-on-exhibits, and special events, Museum Village is dedicated to exploring and interpreting 19th century rural life as well as inspiring an appreciation for the evolution of industry and technology in America."
National Air and Space Museum
Washington, DC. "The National Air and Space Museum holds in trust some 60,000 objects, including aircraft, spacecraft, engines, rockets, uniforms, spacesuits, balloons and artwork. Our archival collections span the history of flight and include a wide range of visual and textual materials, including documents, photographs, motion picture film and video, and more than 2 million technical drawings." Collection highlights can be explored online.
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC. Their collection contains "significant works of art from the Renaissance to the present day." "Our growing collection includes European and American masterpieces in every medium." You can browse or search items from their collection online.
National Museum of African American History and Culture
"The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture." From the Smithsonian Institution.
National Museum of Natural History
Washington, DC. "The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's preeminent museum and research complex. At the center of the Museum's exhibition and research programs are its expertly documented collections: more than 126 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts."

See also:
Search Museum Collection Records
Virtual Tour
National Museums Scotland
"Our wealth of objects represent everything from Scottish and classical archaeology to applied arts and design; from world cultures and social history to science, technology and the natural world." Includes:
National Museum of Scotland
National Museum of Flight
National Museum of Rural Life
National War Museum
You can search the collections here
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, PA. "The Museum is home to over 227,000 objects, spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the collection of arms and armor is the second largest in the United States. The American collections are among the finest in the country, as are the expanding collections of modern and contemporary art. In addition, the Museum houses encyclopedic holdings of costume and textiles as well as prints, drawings, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation." You can search and view items in their collection online. You can also browse by subject.
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology - Hearst Museum Portal
"Founded in 1901, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology is dedicated to the study of cultures from yesterday and today, both near and far. The Hearst Museum Portal is a simplified gateway to publicly accessible data and images for all objects in the care of the University of California, Berkeley's Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. We invite you to use the Hearst Museum Portal to explore and discover our collections."
Smithsonian Institution: Museums
Washington, DC. African Art Museum, Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, American Indian Museum, Natural History Museum, and more.
The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg, Russia. "The collection of the State Hermitage includes more than three million works of art and artefacts of the world culture. Among them are paintings, graphic works, sculptures and works of applied art, archaeological finds and numismatic material." Collection highlights can be browsed online.
United Kingdom. "We hold the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. Our collection includes nearly 70,000 artworks by over 3,000 artists and grows every year. You can also access nearly 2,500 artworks by Joseph Mallord William Turner from other collections." You can search or browse items from their collection online.
20 Best Children's Museums in the United States
"Mommy Nearest was founded in New York City by a group of people who believed that finding family-friendly places shouldn't be difficult. Whether you want to discover where other local parents are taking their kids or you're traveling to a new city and need inspiration on what to do, we're with you every step of the way. Read articles and reviews from local parents and take the guesswork out of parenting."
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Washington, DC. "The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust." Also available is the Holocaust Encyclopedia, which contains articles and images you can browse or search.

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