The 20 Best Art Museums in US

Museums in the United States house some of the world’s greatest art collections, including works by Monet, Matisse, Willem de Kooning’s “door paintings,” Edgar Degas’s wax and mixed-media sculptures, and Asian art from the likes of Japan and China.

There is no denying that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Washington, D.C.’s National Gallery of Art are two of the most popular cultural institutions in the United States.

The Broad in Los Angeles is one of the world’s most Instagrammed museums thanks to its glimmering Yayoi Kusama exhibition.

Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, which focuses on experimental works through exhibitions, screenings, and performing arts is another option.

In addition, who can forget The Brooklyn Museum’s feminist exhibit and education center?

One of the best ways to get a cultural fix, whether in your hometown or on a road trip, is to spend a day exploring centuries of creative history.

This month, more than 1,000 museums are offering free admission on one day. In our opinion, these are the best art museums in the US.

After that, take a look at these amazing art installations or some of the best graffiti walls in the United States of America.

Best art museums in US

1. Museum of Modern Art- New York City, NY

Museum of Modern Art
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is a New York City art museum located at 53rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues in Midtown Manhattan, New York.

One of the world’s largest and most influential modern art museums, the Whitney contributes significantly to the creation and collection of contemporary art.

Modern and contemporary art forms are well-represented in MoMA’s holdings, which include everything from architecture and design to illustration and painting to sculpture to photography and prints to film and electronic media.

Nearly 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs are housed in the MoMA Library, as well as more than 1,000 periodical titles and more than 40,000 files on artists and groups.

Primary source material pertaining to modern and contemporary art history can be found in the archives.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of visitors dropped by 65 percent in 2020 from 2019. In 2020, it was ranked twenty-fifth on the list of the world’s most popular art museums.

Details

11 W 53rd St
New York
10019

Cross street:

between Fifth and Sixth Aves

Contact:

moma.org

212-708-9400

Transport:

Subway: B, D, F, M to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr; E, M to Fifth Ave–53rd St

Price:

$25, seniors $18, students $14, children under 16 free.

Opening hours:

Sunday-Friday 10:30am–5:30pm; Saturday 10:30am–7pm

2. Metropolitan Museum of Art- New York City, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Known as “the Met” by locals, the New York City institution is the country’s largest art museum. 17 curatorial departments make up the museum’s collection of over two million works.

On the eastern edge of Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, the Museum of Modern Art is one of the world’s largest art museums by area.

The Cloisters at Fort Tryon Park in Upper Manhattan, a much smaller second location, houses an extensive collection of medieval European art, architecture, and artifacts.

Classical antiquity and ancient Egypt are well represented in the museum’s permanent collection, as are paintings and sculptures by nearly all of Europe’s great masters.

Many works of art from Africa, Asia, Oceania, Byzantium, and Islam can be found in the Met’s collection.

From musical instruments and costumes to antique weaponry and armor from around the world are housed in the museum’s vast collection.

Gallery installations include notable interiors from as far back as the first century AD in Rome and as far forward as contemporary American design.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 in order to bring art and art education to the general public in the United States of America.

The 681 Fifth Avenue building was completed on February 20, 1872. When the pandemic of COVID-19 struck in 2020, the park was closed for 202 days and only attracted 1,124,759 visitors.

However, even with an 83% drop from the year before, the Met maintained its position as the world’s ninth-most-visited art museum.

Details

1000 Fifth Ave
New York
10028

Cross street:

at 82nd St

Contact:

www.metmuseum.org
212-535-7710

Transport:

Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St

Price:

$25, seniors $17, students $12, members and children under 12 free, NYS residents and tri-state area students, pay what you wish

Opening hours:

Mon–Thu, Sun 10am–5:30pm; Fri, Sat 10am–9pm.

3. The Art Institute of Chicago- Chicago, IL

The Art Institute of Chicago
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Chicago’s Grant Park is home to one of the world’s oldest and largest art museums, The Art Institute of Chicago. The museum attracts an estimated 1.5 million visitors each year, making it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.

The museum’s collection, which is housed in 11 curatorial departments, is encyclopedic and includes masterpieces by Georges Seurat, Pablo Picasso, Edward Hopper, and Grant Wood.

Each year, it hosts more than 30 special exhibitions that highlight different aspects of the museum’s 300,000-piece permanent collection and present cutting-edge curatorial and scientific research.

There are also five conservation laboratories and the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at the Art Institute, which are among the largest art history and architecture libraries in the United States in terms of size.

The museum’s 1893 building, built for the World’s Columbian Exposition, has had to be expanded several times to accommodate the expanding collection. One of the museum’s most recent expansions—the Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano, which opened in 2009—made it the second-largest U.S. art museum behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

One of the few remaining unified arts institutions in the United States is the Art Institute of Chicago, which is affiliated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a renowned art school.

The Art Institute of Chicago saw 1,619,316 visitors in 2017 and ranked 35th in the world for the highest number of visitors to an art museum.

Although the museum was closed for 169 days in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its attendance dropped by 78 percent to 365,660.

Details

Address:

111 S Michigan Ave

Chicago

Cross street:

at Adams St

Transport:

El stop: Blue, Red to Jackson; Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Adams. Bus: 3, 4, 6, 14, 26. Train: Elec Main to Millennium Station.

Price:

$25; seniors, students, and kids 14 and over $19; kids 14 and under free. $5 discount for Chicago residents, Illinois residents $3 off. Thu 5–8pm free for Illinois residents.

Contact:

www.artic.edu

Opening hours:

Mon–Wed 10:30am–5pm, Thu 10:30am–8pm, Fri–Sun 10:30am–5pm.

4. National Gallery of Art- Washington, D.C.

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On the National Mall, between 3rd and 9th Streets, at Constitution Avenue NW, is the National Gallery of Art and its attached Sculpture Garden, a national art museum in the United States.

The museum was privately established in 1937 for the American people by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and is open to the public for no charge whatsoever.

Art and construction funds were donated by Andrew W. Mellon. Some of the most important works of art in the museum’s core collection were gifts from Paul Mellon and Ailsa Mellon Bruce as well as Lessing J. Rosenwald and Samuel Henry and Rush Harrison Kress, Peter Arrell Browne and Joseph E. Widener, and Chester Dale.

From Leonardo da Vinci to Alexander Calder, the Gallery’s collection includes works from the Middle Ages to today, including the only American painting of his and the world’s largest mobile by Alexander Calder.

John Russell Pope’s original neoclassical West Building has been linked to the modern East Building designed by I. M. Pei, as well as the 6.1-acre (25,000-square-meter) Sculpture Garden on the Gallery’s campus.

Temporary special exhibitions from around the world and throughout the history of art are frequently on display at the Gallery. For a museum in North America, it is one of the largest.

Many people consider the National Gallery to be among the world’s greatest museums, ranking alongside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as Chicago’s Art Institute of Chicago and Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts.

It is the only one of the top three art museums in the United States that does not charge for admission.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it saw an 82% drop in visitors in 2020. It was ranked twenty-first on the list of the world’s most popular art museums in 2020.

Details

Address:

Constitution Ave NW

Washington, DC

20565

Cross street:

between 4th and 7th Sts

Transport:

Archives-Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square or Smithsonian Metro

Price:

Admission free

Contact:

www.nga.gov

Opening hours:

10am–5pm Mon–Sat; 11am–6pm Sun

5. Los Angeles County Museum of Art- Los Angeles, CA

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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Wilshire Boulevard and the Miracle Mile area of Los Angeles are home to the LACMA, a major art museum. One of LA’s most famous museums is located right next to the La Brea Tar Pits (George C. Page Museum).

Formed as a separate entity from the LA Museum of History, Science and Art (LACMA), the museum was established in 1961. William Pereira’s Wilshire Boulevard complex was completed four years later.

There was a boom in the museum’s financial resources and collections in the 1980s, which led to the construction of several new buildings. Demolitions will begin in 2020 to make way for a new building designed by Peter Zumthor.

Architectural critics and museum curators slammed his plan for its lack of gallery space, poor design, and astronomical price tag. 

An art museum with a collection that spans more than a century and a half is LACMA. A million people visit it every year.

Among the collection’s more than 150,000 items are works dating from antiquity all the way up to the present day. The museum also hosts film and concert series in addition to its art exhibits.

Details

Address:

5905 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles

90036

Price:

L.A. County Residents: $20, seniors and students $16, 17 and under free; Mon–Fri after 3pm free. Non-residents: $25, seniors and students $21, ages 13–17 $10, 12 and under free. Free every second Tue of the month.

Contact:

www.lacma.org

Opening hours:

Mon, Tue, Thu 11am–5 pm; Fri 11 am–8 pm; Sat, Sun 10am–7 pm; closed Wed

6. Whitney Museum of American Art- New York City, NY

Whitney Museum of American Art

Informally referred to as “The Whitney,” the Whitney Museum of American Art is a New York City art museum located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District and West Village.

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875–1942), a well-to-do American socialite and art patron, founded the organization in 1930 and it bears her name.

Modern and contemporary American art is the focus of the Whitney’s collection. More than 3,500 artists have contributed more than 25,000 works of art, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, films, videos, and other new media artifacts, to the museum’s permanent collection.

It focuses on showcasing the work of contemporary artists while also housing an extensive permanent collection of significant works from the first half of the twentieth century.

For many years, the museum’s Annual and Biennial exhibitions have served as a showcase for emerging and lesser-known artists.

The Whitney Museum of American Art was housed in a Marcel Breuer and Hamilton P. Smith-designed building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side from 1966 to 2014.

The museum relocated to its current home at 99 Gansevoort Street, designed by Renzo Piano, in October 2014 and reopened on May 1, 2015.

Details

99 Gansevoort St

New York

10014

Cross street:

between Tenth Ave and Washington St

Contact:

www.whitney.org

212-570-3600

Transport:

Subway: L to Eighth Ave (14th St); A, C, E to 14th St (Eighth Ave)

Price:

$25; seniors, students $18; 18 and under free

Opening hours:

Mon, Wed, Thur 10:30-6pm, Fri 10:30am–10pm; Saturday & Sunday 11am-6pm

7. Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden- Washington, D.C.

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
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Washington, D.C.’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden is an art museum located on the National Mall. Joseph H. Hirshhorn donated his permanent art collection to the museum in the 1960s.

Gordon Bunshaft designed it and it is part of the Smithsonian. Since its inception, it has served as the nation’s primary repository for post-World War II modern and contemporary art, with a focus on works created in the last half-century.

Washington Monument and Capitol are located on opposite sides of a green carpeted corridor known as L’Enfant axis (perpendicular to it).

The Hirshhorn is located at the southern end of this corridor. National Archives/National Gallery of Art sculpture garden and Smithsonian American Art building are also located on this pivotal axis, which was a key component of both the 1791 city plan and the 1901 MacMillan Plan.

Details

Address:

Independence Ave

Washington, DC

20024

Cross street:

7th Street

Transport:

L’Enfant Plaza Metro

Price:

Admission free

Contact:

www.hirshhorn.si.edu

Opening hours:

Daily 10am–5:30pm

8. Getty Center- Los Angeles, CA

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The Getty Museum and other Getty Trust programs are housed at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, California. Since its public opening on December 16, 1997, the $1.3 billion Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) has been a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

A three-car, cable-pulled hovertrain people mover connects the Center to a visitors’ parking garage at the base of the hill.

The Center is one of two J. Paul Getty Museum locations in Los Angeles and attracts 1.8 million visitors each year. (Another option is the Getty Villa in Los Angeles’ Pacific Palisades district.) Museum’s Center branch is devoted to pre-20th-century European artworks, as well as photographs taken from 1830s to the present day from various countries.

There is also a large Central Garden designed by Robert Irwin in the Museum’s collection at the Center, which includes outdoor sculpture. The painting Irises by Vincent van Gogh is one of the works on display.

The Getty Research Institute (GRI), the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Foundation, and the J. Paul Getty Trust are all located on the campus designed by architect Richard Meier. Concerns about earthquakes and fires were addressed in the Center’s design.

Details

Address: 1200 Getty Center Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90049

Hours:

Tuesday 10AM–5PM

Wednesday 10AM–5PM

Thursday 10AM–5PM

Friday 10AM–5PM

Saturday 10AM–5PM

Sunday 10AM–5PM

Monday Closed

Contact:

(310) 440-7300

www.getty.edu

Visitors: >1,400,000 (2019)

Transit: Bus: 233, 761; Train: Getty Center Tram

9. Philadelphia Museum of Art- Philadelphia, PA

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art was founded in 1876 as part of the city’s Centennial Exposition as the city’s official art museum. Located on Fairmount, a hill near Eakins Oval at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the main museum building was completed in 1928.

Over 240,000 objects are housed in the museum’s collections, which include major holdings from Europe, the United States, and Asia. Sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, armor, and decorative arts are a few examples of different types of artwork.

The Rodin Museum, also on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, just north of the main building, are under the administration of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

There are more than 150,000 works of art and 30,000 pieces of costume and textile in the Perelman Building, which opened in 2007 and now houses over 1,000 pieces of modern and contemporary design, such as ceramics and glass.

Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove, two colonial-era homes in Fairmount Park, are also administered by the museum. The city of Philadelphia owns the main museum building and its annexes, which are run by a nonprofit organization.

Exhibitions from other museums in the United States and abroad travel to the museum several times a year for special exhibitions.

In 2017, the museum’s attendance totaled 793,000.

Details

Address:

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Philadelphia

19130

Cross street:

at Kelly Dr

Price:

$20, seniors $18, students and children 13–18 $14, children under 12 free

Contact:

www.philamuseum.org

Opening hours:

Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun 10am–5pm; Wed, Fri 10am–8:45pm

10. The Cleveland Museum of Art- Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Museum of Art
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Located in the Wade Park District in the University Circle neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) is an art museum.

The museum’s collection includes more than 61,000 pieces of art from around the world, making it one of the world’s most comprehensive art museums.

The museum is open to the public and offers free general admission. It has a $755 million endowment, making it the fourth-richest art museum in the United States.. [4] It is one of the world’s most popular art museums, with an estimated 770,000 visitors per year in 2018.

Details

Address:

11150 East Blvd

Cleveland

44106

Contact:

clevelandart.org

Opening hours:

Daily 10am-5pm

11. Museum of Fine Arts- Boston, MA

Museum of Fine Arts
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As the Museum of Fine Arts or MFA, Boston, Massachusetts, is an art museum. In terms of total floor space, it’s the world’s 20th largest art museum.

Eighteen thousand and sixteen one hundred and fifty one works of art comprise one of the most comprehensive collections in North America.

As of 2019, it is the world’s 52nd most popular art museum, with more than 1.2 million visitors per year.

The museum originally opened in Copley Square in 1870 before moving to its current home in Fenway in 1909. At Tufts University, it is affiliated with the Museum of Fine Arts School.

Details

Address:

465 Huntington Ave

Boston

02215

Cross street:

Museum Rd

Transport:

Green Line to Museum of Fine Arts

Contact:

www.mfa.org

Opening hours:

Sat-Tue 10am-5pm; Wed-Fri 10am-10pm

12. The Menil Collection- Houston, TX

Menil Collection
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John de Menil and Dominique de Menil’s art collection, which is housed in the Menil Collection Museum in Houston, Texas, is either a museum that houses their art collection or the collection itself, which includes approximately 17,000 works of art in various media.

However, Menil Foundation, Inc. has been established as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity corporation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

On top of that, public funds from Houston, Texas, and the US government come to the Menil via grants from the NEA and other agencies.

There are works by Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, and Pablo Picasso in the museum’s collection from the early to mid twentieth century.

Pop art and contemporary art by Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko, Robert Rauschenberg, Vija Celmins, and Cy Twombly, Jr. are also part of the museum’s extensive collection. Antiquities and works of Byzantine, Medieval, and tribal art are also part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Details

Address:

1533 Sul Ross St

Houston

77006

Cross street:

between Mandell and Mulberry Sts

Contact:

www.menil.org

Opening hours:

Wed-Sun 11am-7pm

13. The Museum of Contemporary Art- Los Angeles

Museum of Contemporary Art
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There are two locations for MOCA: one in the Los Angeles suburbs and one in downtown Los Angeles. The main branch is located in Downtown Los Angeles, near the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Geffen Contemporary is the new name for MOCA’s original space in downtown Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo neighborhood. It had been designed as a “temporary” exhibit space while the main facility was being built. At Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, it operated a satellite facility from 2000 to 2019.

To a large extent, the museum focuses on American and European contemporary art created since the 1940s. MOCA’s programming since its inception has been defined by its multi-disciplinary approach to contemporary art.

Details

Contact:

mcachicago.org

14. Smithsonian American Art Museum- Washington, D.C.

Smithsonian American Art Museum
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The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is a museum in Washington D.C., part of the Smithsonian Institution and known as SAAM.

The SAAM houses, along with its sister museum, the Renwick Gallery, one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of American art, spanning from the colonial era to the present.

More than 7,000 artists from around the world are represented in the museum’s collection. The museum’s main building, the old Patent Office Building (shared with the National Portrait Gallery), is used for most exhibitions, while the Renwick Gallery is used for craft-focused exhibitions.”

The museum’s national education program makes electronic resources available to students and the general public.

More than 400,000 works of art in public and private collections around the world are documented in the Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, one of seven online databases with more than 500,000 records.

As of 2013, more than 2.5 million people had seen the museum’s traveling exhibitions, which began in 1951.

Details

Address:

National Portrait Gallery

Reynolds Center, 8th & F Street, NW

Washington, DC

Transport:

Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro

Price:

Admission free

Contact:

www.npg.si.edu

Opening hours:

Daily 11:30am–7pm

15. The Broad

The Broad
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There’s a contemporary art museum in Downtown Los Angeles called the Broad. When the $140 million building was completed, it was named after philanthropists Edythe and Eli Broad, who funded it. The museum’s permanent collection galleries are open to the public for free. On September 20, 2015, it opened.

Details

Address:

221 S Grand Ave

Los Angeles

90012

Price:

Free, with timed reservations; $17 parking available

Contact:

www.thebroad.org

Opening hours:

Wed–Fri 11am–5pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm

16. Walker Art Center- Minneapolis, MN

Walker Art Center
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At the intersection of fine and applied arts in Minneapolis’ Lowry Hill neighborhood, the Walker Art Center houses a diverse collection of modern and contemporary works of art.

Aside from the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the Cowles Conservatory, and a number of other nearby museums, the Walker is one of the most popular modern and contemporary art museums in the United States.

Modern and contemporary art is represented in the museum’s permanent collection, which includes over 13,000 works of art in a wide range of media.

The Walker Art Center was founded in Thomas Barlow Walker’s home in 1879 as an art gallery.

In 1927, Walker renamed his collection the Walker Art Gallery and renamed it the Walker Art Museum.

The Walker Art Gallery was renamed the Walker Art Center in January 1940 thanks to funding from the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. A public art center for 75 years, the Walker celebrated its milestone anniversary in 2015.

Designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes and opened in 1971, the Walker’s new building underwent a major expansion in 2005.

Additional gallery space, a theater, a restaurant, and a shop were added by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron as part of the expansion.

Details

Address:

725 Vineland Pl

Minneapolis

55403

Contact:

www.walkerart.org

Opening hours:

Tue, Wed 11am-5pm; Thu 11am-8pm; Fri-Sun 11am-6pm

17. M.H. de Young Museum- San Francisco, CA

de Young Museum
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M. H. de Young Memorial Museum (de Young Museum) is a fine arts museum in San Francisco, California, which was formerly the de Young Museum.

It is part of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, along with the Legion of Honor, which is located in Golden Gate Park. M. H. de Young, an early San Francisco newspaperman, was the inspiration for the name of the de Young.

Details

Address:

Golden Gate Park

50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr

San Francisco

94118

Cross street:

at John F. Kennedy Dr

Transport:

Bus 5, 21, 44

Contact:

www.deyoung.famsf.org

Opening hours:

Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:15pm

18. High Museum of Art- Atlanta, GA

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The High Museum of Art (also known as the High) is an art museum in Atlanta, Georgia, in the Southeastern United States. It houses a collection of works by world-renowned artists.

High School for the Performing Arts is a division of the Woodruff Arts Center, which is located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, the city’s arts district.

It received 509,000 visitors in 2010, ranking it 95th among the world’s art museums.

Details

Address:

1280 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta

30309

Cross street:

at Peachtree St

Contact:

www.high.org

Opening hours:

Tue-Thu, Sat 10am-5pm; Fri 10am-9pm; Sun noon-5pm

19. Phillips Collection- Washington, D.C.

Phillips Collection
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It was originally known as the Phillips Memorial Gallery when it was founded in 1921 by Duncan and Marjorie Acker Phillips in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Duncan Phillips was the grandson of James H. Laughlin, a banker and co-founder of the Jones and Laughlin Steel Company. The Phillips Collection is an art museum in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.

The collection includes works by artists such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Gustave Courbet, El Greco, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Klee, Arthur Dove, Winslow Homer, James McNeill Whistler, Jacob Lawrence, Augustus Vincent Tack, Georgia O’Keeffe, Karel Appel, Joan Miró, Mark Rothko, and Berenice.

Details

Address:

1600 21st Street, NW

Washington, DC

Cross street:

at Q Street

Transport:

Dupont Circle Metro

Contact:

www.phillipscollection.org

Opening hours:

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10am-5pm; Thu 10am-8:30; Sun noon-7pm

20. Barnes Foundation- Philadelphia, PA

Barnes Foundation
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The Barnes Foundation is an art collection and educational institution dedicated to fostering an appreciation for art and horticulture in the general public. Originally located in Merion, Pennsylvania, the art collection was relocated to a new facility on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 2012.

A long-term educational affiliation agreement with Saint Joseph’s University is proposed to keep the Barnes Foundation Arboretum in Merion, where it will be maintained under the auspices of the Barnes Foundation Arboretum.

After making his fortune by co-discovering Argyrol, an antiseptic silver compound that was used to treat gonorrhea as well as inflammations of the eyes, ears, nose, and throat, Albert C. Barnes founded the Barnes Foundation in 1922 to support medical research.

It took him just a few months before the stock market crash of 1929 to liquidate his company, the A.C Barnes Company.

Today, the foundation owns more than 4,000 objects, including more than 900 paintings, with a total estimated value of approximately $25 billion dollars.

Among the works on display are mostly Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modernist masters, but the collection also includes a large number of paintings by leading European and American artists as well as African art, ancient artifacts from China, Egypt, and Greece, and Native American art.

Because of the Foundation’s declining financial situation in the 1990s, the organization’s leaders made a number of controversial decisions, including sending artworks on a world tour and proposing to relocate the collection to Philadelphia.

The new Barnes building on Benjamin Franklin Parkway finally opened its doors on May 19, 2012, following a lengthy legal battle. Thomas “Thom” Collins, the foundation’s current president and executive director, was appointed to his position on January 7th, 2015.

Details

Address:

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

Philadelphia

19130

Cross street:

between 20 and 21st Sts

Price:

$30, seniors $28, students and children 13–18 $5, children under 12 free

Contact:

www.barnesfoundation.org

Opening hours:

Mon, Wed–Sun 11am–5pm

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