10 Museums to Visit This Summer

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Summer is a great time to travel to new destinations and immerse yourself in art, history, and science. The musty scent of old books, the soft glow of exhibit lights, and the whispers of history all combine to create an experience that is at once intimate and awe-inspiring. Here are ten museums to add to your travel itinerary for a memorable summer experience.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art


With more than 2 million pieces of art covering 5,000 years of human history, the Met is a must-visit for art lovers. Its iconic steps have been featured in numerous films and TV shows, making it a cultural icon.

The Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)


This museum has an outstanding collection of American, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist artwork. It offers guided tours and interactive programs for families and children, making it an excellent destination for families and educational groups.

The National Museum of Natural History


Highlights at the National Museum of Natural History include over 145 million natural history specimens and artifacts. It is also one of the few museums with special events for families, including sleepovers and behind-the-scenes tours.

The Museum of Modern Art


One of the most significant museums of modern art in the world is MoMA. It has an extensive collection of works by artists like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol, and its architecture is also a work of art.

The Field Museum of Natural History


The Field Museum is home to Sue, the largest and most complete T-rex skeleton ever found. Dinosaur enthusiasts will love this museum, which also features an expansive collection of artifacts from ancient cultures.

The National Air and Space Museum


Among this museum’s most significant collections is its collection of historic aircraft and spacecraft. The National Air and Space Museum displays the original 1903 Wright Flyer, the first successful powered airplane designed and built by the Wright brothers.

The Getty Center


The Getty Center is recognized for its central garden, designed by artist Robert Irwin. The garden is a maze-like stream with over 500 varieties of plants and a stunning array of seasonal blooms. It is an experience that evolves throughout the year.

The American Museum of Natural History


Founded in 1869, the AMNH is one of the largest and most celebrated museums in the world. It houses one of the most extensive collections of dinosaur fossils in the world, innovative exhibits, and significant contributions to scientific research and education.

The de Young Museum

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Situated in Golden Gate Park, The museum’s collections span American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, contemporary art, and art from Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. Highlights include works by artists such as Diego Rivera, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Ruth Asawa.

The High Museum of Art

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The High Museum’s extensive and diverse collection of folk and self-taught art highlights the richness and variety of artistic expression from self-taught artists. It provides a platform for these artists’ voices, which might otherwise be overlooked.

Written by Devin J