From Leonardo da Vinci to Lichtenstein, the United States is home to some of the most sophisticated art museums. We’ve boiled the country’s art scene down to find out which are the best landmark art museums, which are national treasures with an exceptional permanent collection. There’s much to the world’s great art museums, so you can skip the jaunt across the Atlantic and set your sights on some world-class art collections in the U.S. if you’re traveling to a major city.
Keep in mind that this list is a good start if you focus predominantly on art (sculpture, porcelain and other visual media) so you should consider the comprehensiveness of a collection as well as the comprehensiveness of the period it represents. If you want a girl to accompany you, take into consideration hiring an escort when visiting the museum, as they are easily to be found everywhere in the country. Checking out an escort website might be a good idea in case you don’t have a companion, and plenty of charming girls are out there. In our view, while feasting your eyes on the finest sculptures, installations and all the indoor offerings, a fine girl can make a great company. An escort can easily be found on the internet, so you don’t have to visit the museums by yourself, and if you want more information on holdings they are available on the internet as well, just visit the museum websites.
- Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
The Met is the largest art museum in the United States, famous for its Egyptian holdings as well as complete ancient interiors and possesses some of the most famous works by Velasquez and Rembrandt along with an important collection of Asian art and a world-renowned collection of costumes from designers such as Chanel and Balenciaga. The Museum is always expanding and has this separate museum that houses exclusive contemporary art pieces with some must-see works of art such as an original temple from 15BC or couture designs by Laurent.
- Art Institute of Chicago
A comprehensive museum, it has a renowned collection of miniatures and is well-known for installations of antique Asian art.
- Museum of Modern Art, New York City
Highlights include Van Gogh’s The Starry Night as well as masterpieces by Hopper, Monet, Pollock and Warhol and outside, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden contains works by Rodin as well. After a two-year renovation, MoMA reopened in 2004 to display some of the most impressive artworks, but on the horizon is another expansion project for an additional 50,000 square feet of gallery space.
- The Broad, Los Angeles
Don’t miss Yayoi Kusama’s installation, Infinity Mirrored Room, even though it requires a separate timed reservation at a kiosk in the lobby, as it will dazzle you. Los Angeles’ newest contemporary art museum houses Eli and Edythe Broad’s formerly private collection from the 1950s to the present day, and some describe its architecture as “cheese grater-ish,” because of the over 300 unique skylights.