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Founded
1964
Size
Large
Celebrating Maine's maritime heritage and culture
Maine Maritime Museum celebrates Maine's maritime heritage and culture in order to educate the community and a worldwide audience about the important role of Maine in regional and global maritime activities. The Museum accomplishes its stewardship through: discriminate collection, preservation and dissemination of historic materials and information, engaging educational programs, relevant and compelling exhibitions, and a unique historic shipyard, all connecting the past to contemporary and future issues.
Founded
1977
Size
Small
Inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play
The Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine exists to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play. The Museum & Theatre serves as an indispensable resource for families and educators, helping to create a broad community devoted to our children's development and learning. The Museum & Theatre is a significant and valuable community asset, offering a broad and diverse array of educational and cultural enrichment opportunities especially developed for children ages 0-10 and the adults who accompany them.
Founded
1987
Size
Giant
Celebrating Maine's role in American art
Celebrating Maine's role in American art, the Farnsworth Art Museum offers a nationally recognized collection of works from many of America's greatest artists. With 20,000 square feet of gallery space and over 10,000 works in the collection, there is always something new on view at the Farnsworth. The museum houses the nation's second-largest collection of works by premier 20th-century sculptor Louise Nevelson. Its Wyeth Center exclusively features works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. The Farnsworth's library is also housed in its Rockland, ME, campus. Two historic buildings, the Farnsworth Homestead and the Olson House, complete the museum complex.
Founded
1983
Size
Giant
Explore. Experience. Discover three centuries of art and architecture.
Founded in 1882, the Portland Museum of Art preserves, documents, and interprets four significant architectural landmarks and a rich variety of art drawn from its collections and from loans to encourage its visitors and community to experience original work. The Museum consistently creates outstanding exhibitions, educational programs, and activities that inspire and enrich the lives of diverse audiences; it also serves as a vital cultural center for greater Portland, the state of Maine, and New England. The Museum's extensive collection of fine and decorative arts dates from the 18th century to the present; the Museum also has the largest collection of European art north of Boston and a comprehensive collection of Winslow Homer's graphics.
Founded
2002
Size
Giant
Providing an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together
The mission of the Golisano Children's Museum of Naples is to provide an exciting, inspiring environment where children and their families play, learn and dream together. Founded in 2002, we celebrate the natural curiosity of children by offering an educationally dynamic space that encourages exploration and discovery. This safe and wonderful place inspires children and families to have fun while learning together. The Golisano Children's Museum of Naples is a two-story 30,000 square foot cultural institution including ten permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, a Family Resource Library, classrooms, birthday party room, meeting rooms, Garden Cafe and Museum Store as well as space for staff, volunteers and ongoing operations. All facilities are designed to be fully accessible. The exhibits blend state-of-the-art technology with a replication of the natural world and human communities. Developed by experts in child psychology, museum master planning and exhibit design this experiential play fosters creativity, curiosity, empathy and self-esteem. Play allows children to develop the social skills needed to cooperate with others, sharpen their senses as a means for exploration, strengthen gross and fine motor skills and develop problem solving techniques.
Founded
1967
Size
Large
Bringing history and people together for delight, discovery, and learning
Founded in 1967, the mission of Strawbery Banke Museum is to promote understanding of the lives of individuals and the value of community through encounters with the history and ongoing preservation of a New England Seaport Neighborhood. Visitors to Strawbery Banke have the opportunity to experience and imagine how people lived and worked in this typical American neighborhood throughout four centuries of history. Through its restored houses, its featured exhibits, its historic landscapes and gardens, and its interpretive programs, Strawbery Banke tells the stories of the many generations who settled in the Portsmouth, NH, community from the late l7th to the mid-20th century. Annually, the Museum serves 65,000 individuals of all ages.
Founded
1949
Size
Giant
Offering a new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture
Founded in 1947, Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages. The Museum's collections, educational programs, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.
Founded
1943
Size
Medium
A Place to Explore the Wonders of Our World
The Fairbanks Museum was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks. We inspire appreciation for our place in the natural world and motivate our stewardship of a healthy planet. Inside our classic Victorian building, you will find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more!
Founded
1995
Size
Large
Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity.
ECHO's mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center is a 28,500 square foot, award-winning LEED facility. Founded in 2003, ECHO welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually with interactive exhibits and science education programs that include over 70 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates, and reptiles; and more than 100 interactive experiences.
Founded
1934
Size
Giant
Considered a “classic American museum,” the Worcester Art Museum was founded in 1896 by Stephen Salisbury III and 50 prominent citizens of Worcester and opened to the public in 1898. Since less than 5 percent of its permanent collection is on display, the Museum organizes temporary exhibitions in three major areas: Contemporary, Asian and Prints, Drawings and Photographs (PDP). The Worcester Art Museum is home to one of the country's first museum/public school collaborations, established in 1927. This long-term commitment to schoolchildren in the central Massachusetts region continues today with thousands of school children visiting the museum for a tour and/or a gallery/studio/workshop as part of their schooling. In addition to these collaborations with the schools, the museum welcomes thousands of adults and families for informal and formal learning experiences in a wide range of educational and experiential programs.
Founded
1949
Size
Large
Educating the public about modern and contemporary American art
Opened in 1950, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park is a public museum of art established to educate as broad and diverse a public as possible about modern and contemporary American art. The Museum accomplishes this mission by focusing primarily, though not exclusively, on the art of the New England region. DeCordova educates through exhibitions, collections, classes, outreach programs, and a full schedule of activities designed to enhance our public's engagement with art and artists. With over 3,000 works in its holdings, the Museum features an important permanent collection of New England contemporary art. DeCordova currently offers the only permanent public sculpture park in New England. Close to 80 modern and contemporary works grace the 35-acre site. DeCordova plays a critical role in preserving today's regional art for future generations.
Founded
1965
Size
Giant
Providing information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) houses and preserves preeminent collections and aspires to serve a wide variety of people through direct encounters with works of art. The Museum aims for the highest standards of quality in all its endeavors. It serves as a resource for both those who are already familiar with art and those for whom art is a new experience. Through exhibitions, programs, research and publications, the Museum documents and interprets its own collections. It provides information and perspective on art through time and throughout the world. MFA creates educational opportunities for visitors and accommodates a wide range of experiences and learning styles; the Museum also educates artists of the future through its School.
Founded
1940
Size
Large
Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections!
Berkshire Museum works to bring people together for experiences that spark creativity and innovative thinking by making inspiring educational connections among art, history, and natural science. The broad and varied collections of the Berkshire Museum include objects from virtually every continent, from important fine art and sculpture to natural science specimens and ancient artifacts.
Founded
1993
Size
Giant
Furthering understanding of science and technology
Founded in 1830, the Museum of Science, Boston works to stimulate interest in and further understanding of science and technology and their importance for individuals and for society. To accomplish this educational mission, the Museum is dedicated to attracting the broadest possible spectrum of participants, and involving them in activities, exhibits and programs which will: encourage curiosity, questioning and exploration; inform and educate; enhance a sense of personal achievement in learning; respect individual interest, backgrounds and abilities; and promote life-long learning and informed and active citizenship.
Founded
1934
Size
Giant
Building innovative, meaningful and fun exhibits
MissionBoston Children's Museum engages children and families in joyful discovery experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develop foundational skills, and spark a lifelong love of learning.VisionBoston Children's Museum is a welcoming, imaginative, child-centered learning environment that supports diverse families in nurturing their children's creativity and curiosity. We promote the healthy development of all children so that they will fulfill their potential and contribute to our collective wellbeing and future prosperity.
Founded
1929
Size
Large
A Gateway to Concord's History
The Concord Museum educates visitors of all ages about the history of Concord and its continuing influence on American political, literary and cultural life. The Museum's nationally significant collection serves as a catalyst for changing exhibitions, extended classroom learning, dynamic programs and publications relevant to an ever-changing world. Founded in 1886, the Museum is a center of cultural enjoyment for the region and a gateway to the town of Concord for visitors from around the world.
Founded
1959
Size
Giant
At the leading edge of art in Boston for 80 years
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) was founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art; in 1948, the museum changed its name to become the ICA. The ICA strives to share the pleasures of reflection, inspiration, provocation, and imagination that contemporary art offers through public access to art, artists, and the creative process. For more than a half century, the ICA has presented contemporary art in all media - visual arts, film, and video, performance and literature - and created educational programs that encourage an appreciation for contemporary culture. Throughout the ICA's history it has been at the fore in identifying and supporting the most important artists of its time and bringing them to public attention.
Founded
1937
Size
Giant
Imagination. Inspiration. Innovation.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum opened to the public on the evening of January 1st, 1903. The Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the Museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. The Museum's preeminent collection contains more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries, furniture, manuscripts, rare books and decorative arts. The galleries house works by some of the most recognized artists in the world, including Titian, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli, Manet, Degas, Whistler and Sargent.
Founded
2016
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Giant
Defining the past. Shaping the future.
Founded in 1910, Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It offers a unique opportunity to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions with a variety of programs: 36 house museums and landscapes spanning four centuries of architectural styles and five New England states; a collection of more than 100,000 objects of New England art and artifacts; an archive of more than one million items documenting New England's architectural and cultural history; nationally recognized educational programs that use historic resources to reinforce and enrich student learning; and partnership programs with property owners with a shared goal of protecting the unique character of historic properties throughout the region.
Founded
1933
Size
Giant
science.nature.explore.connect.
Founded in 1825 as the Worcester Lyceum of Natural History, EcoTarium works to contribute to a better world by inspiring a passion for science and nature through discovery. Our transition from the New England Science Center to the EcoTarium in 1998 refocused the museum on its roots in the natural sciences with a focus on hands-on exploration and discovery. EcoTarium is on the forefront of bringing science and nature education to schoolchildren in grades K-12. Each year, the museum serves thousands of schoolchildren from across the region and strives to provide unique and exciting avenues to explore science and nature inside the classroom and out.
Founded
1994
Size
Large
Discover Heritage, Nature & Art
Founded in 1914, Fruitlands Museum strives to inspire and educate through the heritage, nature and art of New England. Fruitlands Museum is committed to sharing the unique perspectives of artists, both historical and contemporary. The frequently changing exhibitions offer a wide variety of selections from Fruitlands' collections, other museum and private collections, and contemporary artists from the New England region.
Founded
1945
Size
Large
Art. History. Culture.
Founded in 1873, the Cape Ann Museum is a vibrant cultural center that includes galleries, an auditorium, library/archives, a children's activity center, two sculpture gardens and two historic homes. The Cape Ann Museum strives to foster an appreciation of the quality and diversity of life on Cape Ann, past and present; to further the knowledge and enjoyment of Cape Ann history and art; to collect and preserve significant information and artifacts; and to encourage community involvement in our programs and holdings. In all our activities, the Museum emphasizes the highest standards of quality and seeks to engage the broadest possible audience.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Engaging and connecting the public to the history, art and culture of Martha's Vineyard
The Martha's Vineyard Museum preserves and interprets collections that engage and connect the public to the Island's history, art and culture. The Museum is committed to aiding in the education of Island school children as well as offering Island residents adult education programs. The organization also publishes The Dukes County Intelligencer, a journal of Vineyard history, as well as other significant books, guides, novels, and brochures. The Museum is open to the public year round.
Founded
1933
Size
Giant
Advancing the understanding of the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy
The Longyear Museum's mission is to advance the understanding of the life and work of Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer, founder and leader of Christian Science. The Museum contains documents pertaining to her life and the lives of Christian Scientists who assisted her in establishing this worldwide religion. Longyear Museum was founded by philanthropist Mary Beecher Longyear to provide future generations with documentary evidence and facts about Mrs. Eddy and the early history of the Christian Science religion. In 1937, the Museum opened in Mrs. Longyear's former home in Brookline, Massachusetts. The Museum moved to its present location in nearby Chestnut Hill in 1999; the new exhibit halls were opened to the public in 2001.
Founded
1952
Size
Large
Promoting and cultivating the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts
The Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) was established in 1914 by prominent artists Charles Hawthorne, Oscar Gieberich, William Halsall, Gerrit Beneker, E. Ambrose Webster and several local business men and women. We promote and cultivate the practice and appreciation of all branches of the fine arts, to assemble and maintain in the town of Provincetown and environs a collection of works of art of merit, to hold exhibitions, and by forums, concerts and similar activities to promote education of the public in the arts and social intercourse between artists and laymen.
Founded
1953
Size
Giant
Opening doorways to the past
Historic Deerfield is a museum of early American history, architecture, and the decorative arts that recognizes a particular responsibility for preserving and interpreting the buildings entrusted to it, their unique setting in the Town of Deerfield, and the collections in those buildings. To this end it maintains and operates the buildings as exhibition areas open to the public; conducts a broad range of educational programs; refines and adds to its collections; and promotes continuing research in its museum and library collections and in the history of the Connecticut valley.
Founded
1987
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Medium
Stories of the past, visions of the future
Founded in 1960, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM) tells America's story through the art, history, and science of our textiles. ATHM houses one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. Its collections contain thousands of books, trade catalogs, business records and personal papers, prints and photographs, a growing costume collection, millions of textiles samples, and hundreds of machines used in textile manufacture.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans
The Museum of African American History is New England's largest museum dedicated to preserving, conserving and interpreting the contributions of African Americans. The mission of the Museum of African American History is to preserve and interpret the contributions of people of African descent and those who have found common cause with them in the struggle for liberty and justice for all Americans. began its first exhibitions and public gatherings in 1963. It is nationally and internationally known for its collection of historic sites in Boston and Nantucket. The Museum treasures its resources and tells remarkable and vivid historical accounts about the lives of free African Americans and white abolitionists whose efforts changed a nation.
Founded
1973
Size
Large
The memory and educational voice of "Old Ironsides."
The USS Constitution Museum serves as the memory and educational voice of "Old Ironsides." Founded in 1972, the private, non-profit USS Constitution Museum interprets the active duty US Navy vessel USS CONSTITUTION. Hands-on exhibits, online experiences, and amazing artifacts bring to life the stories of "Old Ironsides'' for more than 400,000 visitors each year. Visitors explore how ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances achieved remarkable success and how this undefeated wooden warship has become a national symbol. Extensive teacher resources and educational programs make history relevant for today's students. An admission by donation policy ensures all visitors access to this icon of the American experience. Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the USS Constitution Museum is a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate.
Founded
1974
Size
Tiny
Providing entertaining and educational experiences in the visual arts
Established as a grass roots organization in 1975 by a committed group of citizens, the Danforth Museum of Art, now called Danforth Art, has grown to become a vital cultural resource. Danforth Art provides visitors with entertaining and educational experiences in the visual arts and educates the public through its collection of American art, changing exhibits of contemporary artists, classes and workshops in the School, and a variety of community outreach programs. Danforth Art envisions its future as a nationally recognized leader among community museums and art education centers, with an outstanding collection of American art, as well as exhibitions and programs that engage, inspire and transform the lives of children and adults.
Founded
1993
Size
Giant
Creating and presenting provocative visual and performing arts
MASS MoCA is the largest center for contemporary arts in the United States. Opened in 1999, it is housed on a 13-acre campus of renovated 19th-century factory buildings. The institution is dedicated to the creation and presentation of provocative visual and performing arts pieces, and of works that blur conventional distinctions between artistic disciplines. In addition, MASS MoCA functions as a laboratory for the contemporary arts, fostering experimentation by artists, encouraging collaborations among institutions, and allowing visitors a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process. By coupling the versatility and size of its spaces with the latest technologies, MASS MoCA is able to present and catalyze the creation of works that can be shown nowhere else in the world.
Founded
1993
Size
Giant
Journey through a world of art and culture
Founded in 1799, the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is America's oldest continuously operating museum. The mission of the PEM is to celebrate outstanding artistic and cultural creativity by collecting, stewarding, and interpreting objects of art and culture in ways that increase knowledge, enrich the spirit, engage the mind, and stimulate the senses. Through its exhibitions, programs, publications, media, and related activities, PEM strives to create experiences that transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes, and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM's collections - many ranking among the finest of their kind - include 854,000 works of art and culture. Peabody Essex collections also encompass twenty-two historic buildings, including Yin Yu Tang, the only complete Qing Dynasty house located outside China.
Founded
2001
Size
Large
Inspiring a love of art and reading
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, Massachusetts, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy.
Founded
2002
Size
Large
The Museum of Diversity & Tolerance
The Mission of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage is to introduce visitors to the beauty and diversity of that heritage in the context of the American experience. It promotes an understanding of Jewish history, religion, and culture and builds bridges of tolerance and understanding with those of other religions, races, cultures, and ethnic backgrounds, serving as an educational resource for Northeast Ohio's Jewish and general communities.
Founded
1935
Size
Giant
Art. History. Science. Seuss in Springfield.
The Springfield Museums inspire exploration of our connections to art, history and science through outstanding collections, exhibitions and programs. The Springfield Museums will be a locally, regionally and nationally recognized museum system known for our diversity of audiences, strength in education, and popular appeal. The success of the Museums will help to transform Springfield. The Museums will be fully staffed, technologically current, well maintained and financially sound.
Founded
1959
Size
Large
Promoting and preserving the game of basketball at every level
Located in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame promotes and preserves the game of basketball at every level - professional, collegiate, men and women. The mission of the Hall of Fame is to honor and celebrate basketball's greatest moments and people. This is accomplished through the integrity of the Hall of Fame election process, educational and outreach initiatives, a sports museum, traveling exhibits, and worldwide events.
Founded
1941
Size
Medium
Bringing art to life in Rhode Island
The Newport Art Museum & Art Association educates and inspires a diverse audience by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting historic and contemporary visual arts of the highest quality with an emphasis on the rich heritage of the Newport region, and integrates appreciation for the arts and art-making into all its programs. For more than 100 years, we have served Rhode Island and regional communities as a cultural gathering place with a reputation for inclusiveness, professionalism, high-quality exhibitions and programming, and dedication to individual growth and learning.
Founded
1938
Size
Giant
Adventures in Art & History
The Mattatuck Museum is an art and regional history museum on the Green in downtown Waterbury, starting out as a historical society in 1877. The Museum opened its first display hall in 1912 and has been exhibiting art ever since. The museum collects and exhibits American art and cultural history – with a focus on the history of the Naugatuck Valley and the artists of Connecticut.
Founded
1950
Size
Large
Explore the past, imagine the future
The Fairfield Museum and History Center believes in the power of history to inspire the imagination, stimulate thought and transform society. We connect people around the complex history of Fairfield and neighboring communities so that together we may shape a more informed future. As a public forum for the process of shared discovery, we celebrate and cultivate the elements that create and bind community: complex stories from multiple points of view that explore the diverse legacies of our region.
Founded
1942
Size
Giant
America's oldest public art museum
Established in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum is America's oldest public art museum. It was the first American museum to acquire works by Caravaggio, Frederic Church, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Balthus, Joseph Cornell, and many others. Today our Hudson River School landscapes, Old Master paintings, modernist masterpieces, Meissen and Sevres porcelains, early American furniture and decorative arts, and MATRIX contemporary art shows are world-renowned. The Wadsworth presents more than 15 special shows each year. Many are inspired by masterworks in the museum's holdings, while others are solo shows by emerging artists.
Founded
1938
Size
Giant
The museum of America and the sea
Mystic Seaport was originally established as the Marine Historical Association in 1929 to create a dynamic, educational institution to preserve America's maritime culture and turn the achievements of a past era into an inspirational force for the future. Mystic Seaport has amassed the world's largest collections of maritime photography (over one million images) and boats (nearly 500), and has collected two million other maritime artifacts. Widely recognized as the nation's leading maritime museum, today Mystic Seaport is making the history of America's relationship with the sea even more accessible to all-new audiences. More than 300,000 people visit Mystic Seaport annually.
Founded
1996
Size
Giant
Serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collections, exhibitions, and education
The New Britain Museum of American Art's founding in 1903 entitles the institution to be designated the first museum of strictly American art in the country. The New Britain Museum of American Art is dedicated to serving all people by pursuing excellence in art through collections, exhibitions, and education. With particular strengths in colonial portraiture, the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, and the Ash Can School, not to mention the important mural series The Arts of Life in America by Thomas Hart Benton, the museum relies heavily on its permanent collection for exhibitions and programming, yet also displays a significant number of borrowed shows and work by emerging artists. The singular focus on American art and its panoramic view of American artistic achievement make the New Britain Museum of American Art a significant teaching resource available to the local, regional, and national public.
Founded
1946
Size
Giant
Home of American Impressionism
The Florence Griswold Museum fosters the understanding of American art, with emphasis on the art, history, and landscape of Connecticut. The Museum achieves this goal through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of original artifacts of American art and history. To this end, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to present exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that contribute to a greater appreciation of the nation's artistic accomplishments and the region's distinctive cultural history.
Founded
1935
Size
Giant
Bridging the world's artistic heritage and the experience of each visitor
The Brooklyn Museum acts as a bridge between the rich artistic heritage of world cultures, as embodied in its collections, and the unique experience of each visitor. Dedicated to the primacy of the visitor experience, committed to excellence in every aspect of its collections and programs, and drawing on both new and traditional tools of communication, interpretation, and presentation, the Museum aims to serve its diverse public as a dynamic, innovative, and welcoming center for learning through the visual arts. One of the premier art institutions in the world, its permanent collections include more than one million objects, from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, representing almost every culture in the world.
Founded
1959
Size
Giant
Art. Illuminated
Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island's East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, the presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.
Founded
1964
Size
Giant
New York City's hands-on science and technology center
Built initially as a pavilion for the 1964 World's Fair, the New York Hall of Science is now New York City's hands-on science and technology center. Since 1986, the Hall has served more than five million children, parents, and teachers. The mission of the Hall is to convey the excitement and understanding of science and technology to children, families, teachers and others by galvanizing their curiosity and offering them creative, participatory ways to learn. The Hall features the largest collection of hands-on science exhibits in New York City. Visitors of all ages can explore over 400 interactive exhibits.
Founded
1982
Size
Medium
Making Chinese American history accessible to the general public
Founded in 1980, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. MOCA promotes dialogue and understanding among people of all cultural backgrounds, bringing 160 years of Chinese American history to vivid life through its innovative exhibitions, educational and cultural programs. Central to its mission is its goal to make Chinese American history accessible to the general public, ranging from scholars to young children, from community members to international tourists. Through its thought-provoking work, MOCA not only encourages the understanding and appreciation of Chinese American arts, culture and history, but also informs, educates and engages visitors about Chinese American history that is in the making.
Founded
1985
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Medium
Exploring the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television and video
Museum of the Moving Image advances the public understanding and appreciation of the art, history, technique, and technology of film, television, and digital media. It does so by collecting, preserving, and providing access to moving-image related artifacts; screening significant films and other moving-image works; presenting exhibitions of artifacts, artworks, and interactive experiences; and offering educational and interpretive programs to students, teachers, and the general public. Museum of the Moving Image has begun a major expansion and renovation of its existing Astoria home. This major undertaking includes a new three-story addition and the complete renovation of the Museum's first floor. When it is completed in 2010, the new Museum building will be ideal for showcasing the moving image in all its forms.
Founded
1994
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Medium
Fostering a deeper understanding of art and culture
The Nassau County Museum of Art is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of art and culture through exhibition and education programs for people of all ages and backgrounds. In practice, the Museum pursues the mission by enhancing its permanent collections, sculpture park, historic property and natural setting. Nassau County Museum of Art annually presents major rotating exhibitions, many of which are original to the museum and are organized by the museum's own curatorial staff.
Founded
1990
Size
Small
Play, learn, and have fun
Long Island Children's Museum (LICM) invites visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to explore freely, discover their passions, and appreciate the communities and world we share. First opened in 1993, LICM now serves more than 265,000 children and adults annually across the metropolitan region and is Long Island's most well-attended museum. It is home to 14 hands-on, interactive exhibit galleries, a 145-seat state-of-the-art theater and three classroom-size learning studios. Indoor and outdoor gallery spaces are interdisciplinary, age-appropriate, and intergenerational, fostering both independent and cooperative exploration, and encouraging concept development and skills building.
Founded
1998
Size
Small
Where learning begins with play…
Children's Museum of the East End opened its current home in Bridgehampton in October 2005. With over 7,000 square feet of exhibition and program space designed by Lee Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, CMEE soon became one of the most visited museums in Eastern Long Island. CMEE upholds its mission “to spark imagination and foster learning for children of all backgrounds and abilities and to build strong connections within the East End community by providing playful experiences” by presenting educational exhibits and programs and by partnering with other arts and social service organizations to address issues that concern families in the community.
Founded
1994
Size
Giant
5,000 years of art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met) was founded in 1870, for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in New York City a Museum and library of art, of encouraging and developing the study of the fine arts, and the application of arts to manufacture and practical life, of advancing the general knowledge of kindred subjects, and, to that end, of furnishing popular instruction. The Met has since become the preeminent cultural institution in the Western Hemisphere, serving a public that extends far beyond New York City to all the United States and the world. As New York's premier tourist attraction, with nearly 4.7 million annual out of town visitors, the Museum serves all ages, from pre-school to senior citizens, and maintains a broad range of community and educational programs.
Founded
1942
Size
Giant
Exploring the past, present and future of New York City
Founded in 1923, the Museum of the City of New York explores the past, present, and future of New York City and celebrate its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. To that end, the Museum presents a variety of exhibitions, public programs, and publications, all investigating what gives New York its singular character. Our collection of over 1.5 million objects and images includes items of decorative art; photography, prints and drawings; a theater and Broadway collection; a toy collection; fashion, costumes and textiles; and paintings and sculptures.
Founded
1952
Size
Giant
Encouraging an ever deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art
Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world. Central to MoMA's mission is the encouragement of an ever deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves. MoMA manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection that reflects the vitality, complexity, and unfolding patterns of modern and contemporary art; by presenting exhibitions and educational programs of significance; by sustaining a library, archives, and conservation laboratory as international centers of research; and by supporting scholarship and publications of intellectual merit.
Founded
1925
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Preserving, studying, presenting, and interpreting a collection of extraordinary quality
Transformed into a public institution by J.P. Morgan, Jr. in 1924, the mission of The Morgan Library & Museum is to preserve, build, study, present, and interpret a collection of extraordinary quality, in order to stimulate enjoyment, excite the imagination, advance learning, and nurture creativity. A global institution focused on the European and American traditions, the Morgan houses one of the world's foremost collections of manuscripts, rare books, music, drawings, and ancient and other works of art. These holdings, which represent the legacy of Pierpont Morgan and numerous later benefactors, comprise a unique and dynamic record of civilization, as well as an incomparable repository of ideas and of the creative process.
Founded
1935
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Large
Promoting the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition
The National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts is a tripartite institution. It is an honorary association of American artists with a museum and a school of fine arts. Founded in 1825 as the National Academy of Design by such leading artists as Samuel F. B. Morse, Asher B. Durand, and Thomas Cole to promote the fine arts in America through instruction and exhibition, the Academy continues to play a critical role in preserving and fostering the visual arts in America. Through a program of exceptional exhibitions in the Museum and quality instruction in the School of Fine Arts, the Academy serves as a link to the art of our past, as well as a bridge to the art of our present and future.
Founded
1936
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Giant
Collecting, exhibiting, preserving, researching and interpreting American art
As the preeminent institution devoted to the art of the United States, the Whitney Museum of American Art presents the full range of twentieth-century and contemporary American art, with a special focus on works by living artists. The Whitney is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting American art, and its collection - arguably the finest holding of twentieth-century American art in the world - is the Museum's key resource. The Museum's signature exhibition, the Biennial, is the country's leading survey of the most recent developments in American art.
Founded
1964
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Large
Dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, preserving, and studying traditional and contemporary folk art
The American Folk Art Museum is the premier institution devoted to the aesthetic appreciation of traditional folk art and creative expressions of contemporary self-taught artists from the United States and abroad. The museum preserves, conserves, and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality, with objects dating from the eighteenth century to the present.
Founded
1967
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Large
The Nexus for Artists of African Descent
The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. The Museum's permanent collection includes nearly two thousand paintings, sculptures, watercolors, drawings, pastels, prints, photographs, mixed-media works and installations dating from the nineteenth century to the present. The Artist-in-Residence program was one of the Museum's founding initiatives, and gives the Museum the “Studio” in its name. The program has supported more than one hundred emerging artists of African or Latino descent, many of whom who have gone on to establish highly regarded careers.
Founded
1989
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Large
Preserving and interpreting the history of the port of New York
The South Street Seaport Museum (SSSM) preserves and interprets the history of New York City as a world port, a place where goods, labor and cultures are exchanged through work, commerce, and the interaction of diverse communities. Designated by Congress as America's National Maritime Museum in 1998, SSSM is located in a 12 square-block historic district on the East River in Lower Manhattan, the site of the original port of New York City. The Museum is comprised of over 30,000 square feet of exhibition space and educational facilities in New York City's largest concentration of restored early 19th-century commercial buildings. The Museum houses exhibition galleries, a working 19th-century print shop, an archaeology center, a maritime library, a craft center, a marine life conservation lab, and the largest privately-owned fleet of historic ships in the country.
Founded
1973
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Medium
Connecting Diverse Audiences to the Urban Experience
The Bronx Museum of the Arts is a contemporary art museum that connects diverse audiences to the urban experience through its permanent collection, special exhibitions, and education programs. Reflecting the borough's dynamic communities, the Museum is the crossroad where artists, local residents, national and international visitors meet. The Museum maintains a permanent collection of 20th and 21st-century works by artists of African, Asian, and Latin American ancestry. Additionally, the Museum collects works by artists for whom the Bronx has been critical to their artistic practice and development. The Museum's educational offerings spring from these central programs with outreach to children and families as well as adult audiences.
Founded
1974
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Medium
Inspiring children and families to learn
The mission of the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) is to inspire children and families to learn about themselves and our culturally diverse world through a unique environment of interactive exhibitions and programs. Last year, CMOM served more than 350,000 people, which included 65,000 children who visited the Museum as part of a school group or through one of the Museum's off-site partners. CMOM is committed to making its exhibits and programs available to all, and with nearly 50 sites around New York City, we continually reach thousands of families who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our services. CMOM's four priority areas are meant to impact children in ways that will last a lifetime: early childhood education; creativity in the arts and sciences; healthy lifestyles; and the exploration of world cultures.
Founded
1977
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Large
Focusing on the exhibition of drawings
The Drawing Center has been a unique and dynamic part of New York City's cultural life since 1977. The only not-for-profit institution in the country to focus on the exhibition of drawings, it was established to demonstrate the significance and diversity of drawings throughout history, to juxtapose work by master figures with work by emerging and under-recognized artists, and to stimulate public dialogue on issues of art and culture. The Drawing Center has become the country's preeminent venue for important contemporary and historical drawing exhibitions, attracting more than 55,000 visitors annually from around the world. The Drawing Center has presented more than 230 exhibitions, published over 70 catalogs, and toured its exhibitions to prestigious museums around the world.
Founded
1981
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Giant
Supporting the Centre Pompidou in Paris
The Centre Pompidou Foundation is an American-based not-for-profit dedicated to supporting the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Foundation's mission is to acquire and encourage gifts of works of American art and design for loan or gift to the Centre Pompidou for its permanent collection. The Foundation fosters connoisseurship and a dynamic exchange of ideas through special events, exhibitions, and trips for art lovers that offer unprecedented access to artists, private collections, modern and contemporary architectural treasures, and world-class museums in the company of Centre Pompidou curators of modern and contemporary art, architecture and design.
Founded
1979
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Giant
New Art and New Ideas
Founded in 1977, the New Museum is a leading destination for new art and new ideas. It is Manhattan's only dedicated contemporary art museum and is respected internationally for the adventurousness and global scope of its curatorial program. The New Museum began as an idea in the mind of founding Director Marcia Tucker. As a curator at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 1967 through 1976, Tucker observed firsthand that new work by living artists was not easily assimilated into the conventional exhibition and collection structure of the traditional art museum.
Founded
1979
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Giant
A century of technological firsts showcasing what is possible and inspiring people to dream
The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. As an educational and cultural not-for-profit institution, the Museum is dedicated to promoting the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming. Founded in 1982 and located on the Hudson River in New York City, the Museum is one of the world's most successful historic ship museums, drawing more than one million visitors annually. The Museum's exhibitions feature a former aircraft carrier USS Intrepid designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986, the NASA space shuttle Enterprise (included in 2013 in the National Register of Historic Places), a collection of 27 World War II and Cold War era aircraft, the Cold War era submarine Growler, a British Airways Concorde and a Soyuz TMA-6 spacecraft that traveled from the International Space Station in 2005.
Founded
1986
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Tiny
Promoting Israel as a Global Leader in Science & Technology
Founded in 1985, the American Friends of the Israel National Museum of Science (MadaTech) helps the Museum fulfill its goals, by providing support for MadaTech programs and activities, its advanced Science Learning Centers, as well as the Museum's physical maintenance, development and expansion. The American Friends also acts as the bridge between the Museum and similar institutions, museums, foundations, Jewish federations, and community leaders in the United States. It organizes events with leading Israeli high-tech entrepreneurs and science educators.
Founded
1987
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Giant
Honoring those who died by celebrating their lives
Opened in 1997, the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust honors those who died by celebrating their lives - cherishing the civilization that they built, their achievements and faith, their joys and hopes, and the vibrant Jewish community that is their legacy today. In the Museum's core exhibition, personal objects, photographs, and original films illustrate the story of Jewish heritage in the twentieth century. In addition, the collection provides source materials for permanent and temporary exhibitions, and for traveling exhibitions. Special exhibitions afford the Museum the opportunity to complement the themes expressed in the core exhibition in greater detail.
Founded
1998
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Small
Presenting the culture, history, and traditions of the great wave of Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side
The Museum at Eldridge Street, a non-sectarian cultural organization based in the National Historic Landmark Eldridge Street Synagogue, presents the culture, history and traditions of the great wave of Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side drawing parallels with the diverse cultural communities that have settled in America. The Museum at Eldridge Street is honored to share this landmark space with Congregation Kahal Adath Jeshurun, which has met continuously for Sabbath and holiday services since the building first opened more than a century ago.
Founded
1988
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Medium
Ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears
Tibet House US was founded at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who at the inauguration in 1987 stated his wish for a long-term cultural institution to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture, whatever the political destiny of the six million people of Tibet itself. Tibet House US is dedicated to preserving Tibet's unique culture at a time when it is confronted with extinction on its own soil. By presenting Tibetan civilization and its profound wisdom, beauty, and special art of freedom to the people of the world, we hope to inspire others to join the effort to protect and save it. Tibet House US is part of a worldwide network of Tibetan institutions committed to ensuring that the light of the Tibetan spirit never disappears from the face of this earth.
Founded
1992
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Small
Connecting the past with the present while serving as a guide for the future.
The Museum of American Finance is the nation's only independent museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching about American finance and financial history. Housed in an historic bank building on Wall Street, the Museum's magnificent grand mezzanine banking hall provides an ideal setting for permanent exhibits on the financial markets, money, banking, entrepreneurship and Alexander Hamilton. The Museum is an independent, Smithsonian affiliate creating non-ideological presentations and programs for purposes of education and general public awareness. Financial education is at the core of the Museum's mission, seeking to promote lifelong learning and inquiry.
Founded
1992
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Giant
Dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary objects
For nearly half a century, the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) - formerly the American Craft Museum - has served as the country's premier institution dedicated to the collection and exhibition of contemporary objects created in media such as clay, glass, wood, metal, and fiber. The Museum of Arts and Design collects, displays, and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design. In its exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.
Founded
1938
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Giant
Promotion, encouragement and education in art and the enlightenment of the public
The mission of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is to promote the understanding and appreciation of art, architecture, and other manifestations of visual culture, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, and to collect, conserve, and study the art of our time. The Foundation realizes this mission through exceptional exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications, and strives to engage and educate an increasingly diverse international audience through its unique network of museums and cultural partnerships.
Founded
1992
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Giant
To promote & encourage historical study.
The Adirondack Museum believes in the power of history to ignite the imagination, stimulate thought and shape the future. Our collections and engaging programs reflect stories of life, work, and play in the Adirondack Park and northern New York State. The museum expands public understanding of Adirondack history and the relationship between people and the Adirondack wilderness, fostering informed choices for the future. Opened to the public in 1957, the museum includes a research library, publications program, and an active education department that offers special events, classes, symposia, workshops, demonstrations, field trips, and engaging hands-on experiences for thousands of visitors each year.
Founded
2008
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Giant
There's No Higher Court
As part of the global tennis community the International Tennis Hall of Fame is committed to preserving tennis history, celebrating its champions, and educating and inspiring a worldwide audience.The Museum at the International Tennis Hall of Fame re-opened on May 20, 2015 after complete renovation. Highly interactive, completely redesigned, and now showcasing more of the collection than ever before, the new museum offers a comprehensive and intriguing narrative of tennis history in an engaging manner.
Founded
1958
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Giant
Preserving, studying and interpreting Jewish cultural history
Founded in 1904, The Jewish Museum is one of the world's largest and most important institutions devoted to exploring the remarkable scope and diversity of Jewish culture. The Jewish Museum's permanent collection, which has grown to more than 26,000 objects -- paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, ethnographic material, archaeological artifacts, numismatics, ceremonial objects, and broadcast media materials -- is the largest and most important of its kind in the world. The Jewish Museum regularly presents large temporary exhibitions of an interdisciplinary nature. For nearly a century, The Jewish Museum has illuminated the Jewish experience, both secular and religious, demonstrating the strength of Jewish identity and culture.
Founded
1957
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Medium
Promoting the understanding and enjoyment of the visual arts for diverse audiences
The Katonah Museum of Art (KMA) originates ten to twelve exhibitions annually, covering a broad range of art and humanities topics. From the beginning, the KMA was committed to presenting exceptional art from all cultures and time periods. The founders' decision to be a non-collecting institution resulted in a dynamic and flexible exhibition program, which remains one of the most distinctive features of the KMA. The KMA offers lectures, films, workshops, concerts and other events for a general audience; and presents innovative and substantive programs for over 100 member schools.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Discovering, interpreting, and disseminating knowledge about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is one of the world's preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education and exhibition. 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.
Founded
1942
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Large
A museum for the 21st Century
Founded in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art (AIHA), one of the oldest museums in the United States, is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting and promoting interest in the history, art and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley. The museum achieves this mission through its collections, exhibitions, education programs, library, research projects, publications and other programs offered to the general public. The holdings of the AIHA form the best collection in the United States documenting the life and culture of the Upper Hudson Valley region from the late 17th century to the present. The majority of the objects in the collections were either made in the Albany area or New York State, or were used and owned by documented families living in the Hudson Valley region.
Founded
1951
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Medium
Dedicated to the support and promotion of the Standardbred industry
The Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame is dedicated to comprehensive, active and authoritative support and promotion of the Standardbred industry through documentation and preservation of the history and traditions of this American-born sport. It will also continue to augment existing collections and provide extensive research, educational programming and exciting exhibitory to expand harness racing's interest and appeal, both nationally and internationally, to assure an informed audience and a successful future. The museum's historic collection includes more than 1,500 works of fine art; 1,000 pieces of ephemera; 5,000 photographs; 300 jackets, caps and helmets; 50 sulkies and harness; and 200 trophies. The Peter D. Haughton Library includes more than 2,000 books and bound periodicals and more than 2,000 videos on the sport of harness racing as well as general equine documentation.
Founded
1955
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Giant
Art Museum, Historic House & Gardens
The Hyde Collection's mission is to develop and highlight a collection of international importance, create exhibitions of regional and national significance, and provide invigorating educational programs to its core local audiences and communities. The Hyde's collection is a truly remarkable group of works and is a testament to the vision of our founder, Charlotte Pruyn Hyde, and her husband, Louis Fiske Hyde. Works from the collection the Rembrandt, the Rubens, the Picasso, the Renoirs, and the Hassam, for instance are constantly in demand by museums around the world as they plan their exhibitions. A large part of this collection is installed in the elegant atmosphere of historic Hyde House, an American Renaissance mansion built in 1912. Our educational programming impacts the lives of thousands of local children as well as families, adults, and seniors.
Founded
1952
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Large
Interpreting the history and conveying the excitement of Thoroughbred racing in America
The mission of the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame is to interpret the history and convey the excitement of Thoroughbred racing in America to the broadest possible audience. The National Museum of Racing was incorporated in historic Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1950. In 1955 the Museum moved to its present site on Union Avenue, and the Hall of Fame was created to recognize and honor deserving horses, jockeys, and trainers. Over the years the selection process and criteria have been fine-tuned, but the Hall of Fame remains devoted to the original three categories. As of Hall of Fame Day 2007, members include 176 Thoroughbreds, 88 jockeys, and 84 trainers. All are racing heroes.
Founded
1961
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Giant
Celebrating the relationship between sculpture and nature
Founded in 1960, Storm King Art Center is a museum that celebrates the relationship between sculpture and nature. Five hundred acres of landscaped lawns, fields and woodlands provide the site for postwar sculptures by internationally renowned artists. The focus of Storm King Art Center's distinguished permanent collection of American and European modern sculpture is on large abstract welded steel works from the 1960s to the present, although figurative works are also on view. At Storm King, visitors are encouraged to enjoy nature as well as art, to meander on trails and discover sculptures, or to traverse the fields to walk among monumental works. Recently the Art Center has developed the North Trail and a wooded grove with sculptures, and has restored several walking paths.
Founded
1951
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Medium
Where the Earth comes to life
The Paleontological Research Institution serves society by increasing and disseminating knowledge about the history of life on Earth. Founded in 1932, PRI has outstanding programs in research, collections, publications, and public education. The Institution cares for a collection of nearly three million specimens (one of the 10 largest in the U.S.). PRI is a national leader in the development of informal (i.e., outside the classroom) Earth science education resources for educators and the general public. PRI's Museum of the Earth was established in 2003 to provide the public an opportunity to explore our world through a mix of natural history displays, interactive science features, and art exhibitions. In 2013, the Cayuga Nature Center became PRI's newest public venue for education. The Nature Center cultivates an appreciation and responsibility for the natural world through outdoor and environmental education and the goal is to create a premier educational center for teaching and learning about the impact of climate change. PRI is separate from, but formally affiliated with Cornell University, and interact closely with numerous University departments in research, teaching, and public outreach.
Founded
1955
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Medium
Imagine. Explore.
The Roberson Museum and Science Center, originally named the Roberson Memorial Center, was established by the will of Alonzo Roberson in 1934 and opened in 1954. A complex institution, Roberson encompasses the Binghamton campus of museum and science center, including historic buildings. Roberson welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds and seeks to excite and enrich through creative and interactive experiences that lead to a greater understanding of ourselves, our neighbors and our universe. To these ends, Roberson provides our community and region with multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary learning opportunities through exhibitions, public programs and school programs.
Founded
1949
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Giant
International museum of photography and film
George Eastman House, opened to the public in 1949, is an independent museum and educational institution that tells the story of photography and motion pictures -- media that have changed and continue to change our perception of the world. We collect and preserve objects that are of significance to photography, motion pictures, and the life of George Eastman; build information resources to provide the means for both scholarly research and recreational inquiry; keep and care for images, literature, and technology to tell the story of photography and the motion picture in history and in culture; and care for George Eastman's house, gardens, and archives, maintaining them for public enjoyment and as a memorial to his contribution to our lives and our times.
Founded
1952
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Giant
Explore… Discover… Every Day!
Founded in 1912, The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC) stimulates broad community interest and understanding of science and technology, and their impact—past, present, future—on our lives. The RMSC continues to inspire our community by serving as the area's resource for informal science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education; providing more than 200 hands-on exhibits that promote inquiry-based learning; and investing in our area's future through our preschool, science day camps and workforce preparation and visitation assistance programs.
Founded
1967
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Giant
Inspiring excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today.
The mission of Genesee Country Village & Museum is to inspire excitement and curiosity about the past and an appreciation for its relevance today. Visitors experience how life in small towns has changed over time through engaging and enjoyable encounters with the stories, objects, buildings and environments of Western New York. Through interactive programs, events and exhibits we help visitors understand the lives and times of 19th-century America. This unique living history experience provides meaningful insights into the origins of customs, traditions, social values and the evolution of our contemporary lifestyles.
Founded
1940
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Giant
Experience the unexpected
The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, one of the nation's oldest public arts organizations, has a clear and compelling mission to acquire, exhibit, and preserve both modern and contemporary art. It focuses especially on contemporary art, with an active commitment to taking a global and multidisciplinary approach to the presentation, interpretation, and collection of the artistic expressions of our times. In an enriching, dynamic, and vibrant environment that embraces diverse cultures and traditions, the Gallery seeks to serve a broad and far-reaching audience. The Gallery's parent organization, the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, was incorporated in 1862 to promote, cultivate, and generally foster art in all its branches.
Founded
2004
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Giant
Education and information resources
The Cable Center, which opened its doors in 2001, provides education and information to the educational community, the cable industry, and the public, while celebrating cable's contributions to society. Created to educate, to remember, and to influence, the Cable Center is both a destination and launching pad. It's part repository, part incubator. It's a busy, active environment where the cable industry, the education community, and the general public go to learn, to advance their careers, and to enhance their understanding of cable telecommunications. Headquartered in Denver, The Center chronicles the story of where cable has been, and provides the tools and knowledge to support where it's going.
Founded
2005
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Tiny
Playing our way to a better world
The Zimmer Children's Museum's mission is to make a better society through interactive learning, creative self-expression and art experiences for children and families. We are dedicated to teaching people about the BIG IDEAS of global citizenship, community responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. The Zimmer Children's Museum is a non-profit cultural institution located on Museum Row in Los Angeles, and features hands-on exhibits for children 0-8 to explore BIG IDEAS in creative and inspiring settings. The Zimmer is also the only museum dedicated specifically to kids and families in Los Angeles. Through the power of play, children will learn about human values such as respect for others, helping those in need, generosity, and creativity.
Founded
2005
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Large
Offering learning opportunities for teachers and students of all ages
The Mid-America Science Museum works to educate, appealing to visiting children and their families, while offering expanded learning opportunities for teachers and students of all ages. In 2011 the Mid-America Science Museum renovated their building and exhibits to offer stronger connections between science and the Museum visitors' everyday lives.
Founded
1927
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Giant
Always new. Always different. Always exciting.
The Newark Museum operates, as it has since its founding, in the public trust as a museum of service, and a leader in connecting objects and ideas to the needs and wishes of its constituencies. We believe that our art and science collections have the power to educate, inspire and transform individuals of all ages, and the local, regional, national and international communities that we serve. In the words of founding Director John Cotton Dana, "A good museum attracts, entertains, arouses curiosity, leads to questioning-and thus promotes learning."
Founded
1926
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Giant
Collecting, preserving, and presenting American and Native American art
Opened in 1914, the Montclair Art Museum (MAM) collects, preserves, and presents American and Native American art. Its innovative exhibitions and educational programs interpret and explore relationships between these two evolving artistic traditions. MAM's exhibitions offer groundbreaking scholarship, fresh thematic approaches, first-time presentations of under-recognized artists, examinations of little-known aspects of major artists' careers, and an ongoing commitment to the artists and culture of New Jersey. MAM's Yard School of Art offers comprehensive courses for children, youth, adults, seniors, and professional artists. The Museum collaborates with numerous cultural and community partners to inspire creativity and a deeper understanding of America's unique diversity.
Founded
1982
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Giant
Connecting nature, humanity, and technology
Liberty Science Center (LSC) is dedicated to offering exceptional science learning experiences onsite, offsite and online. Located in Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ, we engage learners of all ages in science excitement, provide professional development for teachers, and actively connect people of all backgrounds to pivotal science and society issues. First opened in 1993, LSC engages diverse audiences in relevant issues that connect nature, humanity and technology. Through innovative and meaningful experiences, we inspire action to strengthen communities and advance global stewardship. LSC re-opened in July 2007 after a nearly two-year, $109 million renovation with all-new exhibitions, a 20,000 square-foot center devoted to science learning and teaching, and a focus on making a difference in society - and inspiring others to do the same.
Founded
2000
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Giant
Whimsical. Contemplative. Playful.
Grounds For Sculpture is a 42-acre public sculpture park located in Hamilton, NJ. It was founded in 1992 on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds by J. Seward Johnson to promote an understanding of and appreciation for contemporary sculpture for all people. Visitors to the park can enjoy the outdoor permanent collection, indoor seasonal exhibitions, and learn about contemporary sculpture through a variety of educational programs including workshops for adults and children, artist residencies and lectures, tours for adults, schoolchildren, toddlers, as well as touch tours for the blind. In addition, the park also offers various events, a 42-acre arboretum, shopping and dining, including the high-rated fine dining destination known as Rat's Restaurant. In 2007, over 100,000 people visited Grounds For Sculpture.
Founded
1928
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Giant
Connecting people to nature since 1812
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a world-class natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Offering lifelong learning through the visual arts
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States, showcasing more than 2,000 years of exceptional human creativity in masterpieces of painting, sculpture, works on paper, decorative arts and architectural settings from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Founded in 1876, the Museum - in partnership with the city, the region, and art museums around the globe - seeks to preserve, enhance, interpret, and extend the reach of its great collections in particular, and the visual arts in general, to an increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning.
Founded
1928
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Giant
Inspiring a passion for science and technology learning
In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire an understanding of and passion for science and technology learning. Founded in 1824, today The Institute is a vibrant 21st-century organization that continues to offer new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would both amaze and delight Mister Benjamin Franklin. The Institute has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of internationally recognized exhibitions and programs, lectures and discussions themed to illuminate issues in contemporary science, community outreach initiatives particularly targeted to girls and to urban youth, and its series of innovative partnerships in public education.
Founded
1940
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Large
Celebrating Philadelphia's artistic legacy
Housed in a gracious 19th century stone Victorian mansion on six acres in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, the Woodmere Art Museum first opened its doors to the public in 1940. Today, the permanent collection houses more than 2,500 works of art, much of it celebrating the art and artists of the Philadelphia region. Nine galleries and salons, including a grand rotunda and a uniquely designated Children's Gallery, provide superb space for exhibiting both the permanent collection and numerous special exhibits each year. Numerous public programs - lectures, tours, trips - and an impressive library and slide registry ensure that the community has ongoing access to a wide spectrum of art education resources.
Founded
1946
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Giant
Engaging, informing, and inspiring
The mission of the Allentown Art Museum is to enrich the lives of the widest possible audience of visitors to the Museum by engaging, informing, and inspiring them through the activities of collecting, preserving, studying, exhibiting, and interpreting important works of visual art. Founded in 1934, the Museum offers tremendous variety and quality in its collection and exhibitions, educational and popular programs, and its busy calendar of public events. Annually we serve more than 117,000 participants, of whom more than 30% are children in school programs, after school programs, and public educational events. The Museum's collection of more than 13,000 works of art offers our regional community the opportunity to experience more than nearly 2,000 years of cultural heritage, in an accessible and visitor-friendly environment.
Founded
1961
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Giant
Deepening the appreciation, understanding and experience of the Philadelphia region's waterways
Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River. Today, the Independence Seaport Museum is an anchor attraction on Penn's Landing, attracting visitors to experience both Philadelphia's heritage and current waterfront. The Museum educates area youth groups through interactive programs in its boat shop, presents changing exhibits in its galleries and hosts visiting ships and events year-round.
Founded
1975
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Small
Interpreting the history and stories of African Americans
Founded in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) collects and preserves art and artifacts and, through exhibitions and programs, interprets the history and stories of African Americans and those of the African Diaspora. AAMP enriches the lives of all visitors, especially children and youth, using education to empower them through experiences that will enlighten them culturally and intellectually. It is a gathering place for the community, a forum for broader community engagement and a partner for collaborations with historical and cultural institutions.
Founded
1977
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Small
Stimulating experimentation among leading contemporary artists
The Fabric Workshop and Museum was founded in 1977 with a visionary purpose: to stimulate experimentation among leading contemporary artists and to share the process of creating works of art with the public. Providing studio facilities, equipment, and expert technicians, FWM originally invited artists to experiment with fabric, and later with a wide range of innovative materials and media. From the outset, FWM also served as an education center for Philadelphia's youth who, as printing apprentices, learned technical and vocational skills along with approaches to creative expression.
Founded
1979
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Giant
Imagine the fun
Since 1976 Please Touch Museum (PTM) has been the children's museum of Philadelphia. Our museum was the first in the nation whose target audience was families with children seven and younger. We have grown into one of the best children's museums in the nation, have become experts in play and have had our programs for under served families in the region nationally recognized. Our mission, to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, enables us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness. PTM prides itself on its scope of community programming and ongoing efforts to assess, design and implement programs that meet the evolving needs of children and families. The museum serves children of all socio-economic backgrounds by educating children and those who nurture their development.
Founded
1987
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Increasing public understanding of and appreciation for the United States Constitution
The National Constitution Center (NCC) was created by the Constitution Heritage Act in 1988. An independent, nonpartisan organization, NCC is dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance so that we the people may better secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. This is achieved through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historical Park and a program of national outreach. The NCC is both a museum that attracted one million visitors in its first 15 months of operation and an engine of civic and constitutional education for children and adults.
Founded
1988
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The art & soul of Bucks County
In 1988, the James A. Michener Art Museum opened as an independent, cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Bucks County region. The Museum is named for Doylestown's most famous son, the Pulitzer-Prize winning writer and supporter of the arts who had first dreamed of a regional art museum in the early 1960s. In addition to hosting nationally touring special exhibitions and showcasing important regional artists, the Museum is home to a world class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. The Museum is housed in what began as the Bucks County prison, once a place of fear and despair; today the site has been transformed into a welcoming center of culture and beauty . . .guarding the artistic soul of Bucks County.
Founded
1995
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A unique tribute to freedom in the heart of historic Philadelphia
The National Liberty Museum, opened to the public in 2000, works to defuse violence and bigotry by celebrating America's heritage of freedom and diversity. Using stunning modern glass artwork and the stories of 2,000 heroes of liberty worldwide, our galleries seek to inspire visitors on an individual level. A resource for more than 2,000 children every month, the Museum's Education Department features interactive diversity and conflict-resolution training. The Museum's collection includes over 150 original paintings, bronzes, and glass sculptures to represent the fragile nature of liberty. The National Liberty Museum is the first institution in the world to correlate freedom with glass for the purpose of protecting our society from violence.
Founded
1923
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An educational institution dedicated to appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture
The mission of the Barnes Foundation, which dates back to its founding in 1922, is the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts. In furtherance of its mission, the Barnes Foundation promotes appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes. The Foundation will engage diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders' innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.
Founded
1968
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Giant
Preserving and exploring the entire Chesapeake Bay's history, environment, traditions, and culture.
Established in 1965, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and people of the entire Chesapeake Bay, with the values of relevancy, authenticity, and stewardship guiding its mission. Serving more than 75,000 guests each year, CBMM's campus includes a floating fleet of historic boats and 12 exhibition buildings, situated in a park-like, waterfront setting along the Miles River and St Michaels harbor. CBMM holds the nation's most complete collection of Chesapeake Bay artifacts, visual arts, and indigenous water craft. Education programs are engaged by all ages, with on-the-water opportunities for students & guests. Exhibitions and public programs cover a range of Bay maritime history and culture-including the Bay's unique watercraft and boatbuilding traditions, navigation, waterfowling, boating, seafood harvesting, and recreation. CBMM's Annual Fund supports the education, exhibition, and restoration programs of the Museum.
Founded
1970
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Giant
Delivering a direct experience of the art of our time
Founded in 1927, The Henry Art Gallery was the first public art museum in the state of Washington. The Henry engages diverse audiences in the powerful experience of artistic invention and serves as a catalyst for the creation of new work that inspires and challenges. Exhibitions, collections, and public programs stimulate research and teaching at the University of Washington, provide a creative wellspring for artists, and reveal a record of modern artistic inquiry from the advent of photography in the mid-19th century to the multidisciplinary art and design of the 21st.
Founded
1970
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Large
See what you think...
The San Jose Museum of Art reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Through its exhibitions, programs, scholarship, and collections, SJMA connects the present and the past, the art of the West Coast and the world. The Museum fosters awareness of artists' broad contributions to society and engages audiences with the art of our time and the vitality of the creative process.
Founded
1970
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Small
The Soul of the City
The mission of the King Arts Complex is to preserve, celebrate and teach the cultural and historic heritage of African Americans and the African American experience while developing greater understanding and harmony among all people through exhibits, the performing arts and educational youth programs.
Founded
1969
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Giant
Promoting the growth and progress of the North Carolina Museum of Art
The North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation works to foster and promote the growth, progress and general welfare of the North Carolina Museum of Art, which houses the art collections of the State of North Carolina. Currently closed for renovations, the Museum's new 127,000-square-foot building will open in April 2010, creating a beautiful home for the permanent collection with dramatically expanded exhibition space highlighted by day-lit galleries. Encompassing 164 acres of fields, woodlands, and creeks, the Museum Park presents a unique setting to explore the intersection between art and nature.
Founded
1971
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Large
Preserving and presenting the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico
The Museum of South Texas History first opened its doors in 1967 as the Hidalgo County Historical Museum in the old Hidalgo County jail. The mission of the Museum of South Texas History is to preserve and present the borderland heritage of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico. In 2003 the Museum completed a $5.5 million expansion, including a 22,500 square foot wing that includes the Museum Store, Grand Lobby, and permanent exhibits. As part of the 2003 expansion, the Museum installed the first two sections of the Rio Grande Legacy. This permanent exhibit sequence, with bilingual text and state of the art displays, takes visitors on a journey through the prehistory and history of the region.
Founded
1971
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Giant
Promoting the understanding and appreciation of art and science
The Bruce Museum promotes the understanding and appreciation of art and science to enrich the lives of all people. Originally built as a private home in 1853, in 1908 the property was bequeathed by Robert Moffat Bruce to the Town of Greenwich. In time, growing audiences required larger facilities and the Museum was renovated and expanded. The dramatic new facility, designed by Shope Reno Wharton, opened in 1993. It features 8,000 square feet of gallery space with state-of-the-art amenities. In 1998 the Bruce Museum received accreditation from the American Association of Museums, an honor granted to fewer than 5% of all museums. Drawing from its own collection, from loans and from traveling exhibitions, the Museum hosts approximately 16 exhibitions per year.
Founded
1971
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Small
Fostering awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time
The Contemporary Art Center of Virginia (CAC) is a noncollecting institution founded in 1952 to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. Regularly changing exhibitions feature painting, sculpture, photography, glass, video and other visual media from internationally acclaimed artists as well as artists of national and regional renown. By balancing its four primary activities--gallery exhibitions, studio art classes, educational outreach programs and outdoor art shows--the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia seeks to involve a diverse regional public in the rich and active language of contemporary visual art. CAC also offers a wide variety of art exploration programs that enhance your knowledge of contemporary art.
Founded
1972
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Small
Representing the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America
El Museo del Barrio was founded in 1969 by a group of Puerto Rican educators, artists, parents and community activists in East Harlem's Spanish-speaking El Barrio. Since then, El Museo has evolved into New York's leading Latino cultural institution, having expanded its mission to represent the diversity of art and culture in all of the Caribbean and Latin America. As the only museum in New York City that specializes in representing these cultures, El Museo del Barrio continues to have a significant impact on the cultural life of New York City and is now a major stop on Manhattan's Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue. El Museo del Barrio thrives on the sustained excellence of its collections, exhibitions and public programming.
Founded
1972
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Supporting the Israel Museum in Jerusalem
The purpose of the American Friends of the Israel Museum is to foster and encourage the development of liberal arts by obtaining works of art and archaeology for the Israel Museum and by obtaining and making grants and contributions to the Israel Museum. Founded in 1965, the Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world. The Museum has built a far-ranging collection of nearly 500,000 objects.
Founded
1975
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Small
A dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science.
Impression 5 Science Center is a dynamic, interactive space for families to play, create, and challenge their understanding of science. “Impression 5” refers to the five senses and the way each sense is engaged during your visit to the Science Center! Our mission is to facilitate learners in scientific exploration through hands-on exhibits and participatory educational programming. This hands-on learning environment opened in 1972 and serves over 120,000 families and visitors each year!
Founded
1973
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Medium
The world's premier collection of musical instruments, Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments
Founded in 1973 on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, the National Music Museum (NMM) & Center for Study of the History of Musical Instruments is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. Its renowned collections, which include more than 15,000 American, European, and non-Western instruments from virtually all cultures and historical periods, are the most inclusive anywhere.
Founded
1981
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Tiny
Supporting innovation in contemporary art
MoMA PS1 is one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States. An exhibition space rather than a collecting institution, MoMA PS1 devotes its energy and resources to displaying the most experimental art in the world. A catalyst and an advocate for new ideas, discourses, and trends in contemporary art, MoMA PS1 actively pursues emerging artists, new genres, and adventurous new work by recognized artists in an effort to support innovation in contemporary art. MoMA PS1 achieves this mission by presenting its diverse program to a broad audience in a unique and welcoming environment in which visitors can discover and explore the work of contemporary artists. Exhibitions at MoMA PS1 include artists' retrospectives, site-specific installations, historical surveys, arts from across the United States and the world, and a full schedule of music and performance programming.
Founded
1974
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Giant
Distinctly Jewish. Uniquely American.
Established in 1976, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts pertaining to the American Jewish experience. The NMAJH's mission is to present educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Our purpose is to connect Jews more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire. NMAJH has a collection of more than 20,000 artifacts which resonate with the history of more than 350 years of American Jewish life; more than 40,000 individuals visit NMAJH each year.
Founded
1974
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Commissioning, supporting, and presenting installations and artists
Established in 1974, Dia Art Foundation is internationally recognized as one of the world's most influential contemporary art institutions. Dia's founders, Heiner Friedrich and Philippa de Menil, wished to extend the boundaries of the traditional museum to respond to the needs of the generation of artists whose work matured and became prominent during the 1960s and 1970s. Ever since, Dia's mission has been to commission, support, and present site-specific long-term installations and single-artists exhibitions to the public.
Founded
1974
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Interpreting the power and evolution of photography
Founded in 1974, the International Center of Photography (ICP) is a museum and school dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of photography. ICP creates programs of the highest quality to advance knowledge of the medium. These include exhibitions, collections, and education for the general public, members, students, and professionals in the field of photography. The permanent collection at ICP contains over 100,000 photographs, spanning the history of the photographic medium, from daguerreotypes to gelatin silver and digital chromogenic prints. ICP School is one of the world's most extensive and best-equipped schools of photography, serving more than 5,000 students each year.
Founded
1975
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Giant
Revealing the beauty of use in folk art, craft and design from all eras and cultures of the world
Established in 1978, Mingei International Museum is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of 'art of the people' (mingei) from all cultures of the world. This art shares a direct simplicity and reflects a joy in making, by hand, useful objects of timeless beauty that are satisfying to the human spirit. The Museum collects, conserves and exhibits these arts of daily life by unknown craftsmen of ancient times; from traditional cultures of past and present; and by historical and contemporary designers. The Museum's collection now comprises 25,000 objects of folk art, craft and design from 190 countries.
Founded
1975
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Tiny
Recognizes, promotes, honors and supports its outstanding partner museums in Israel.
The American Friends of Museums in Israelrecognizes, promotes, and honors its outstanding partner museums in Israel by providing exhibition, program, project and financial support through the generosity of its donors. In addition, American Friends of Museums in Israel offers heightened visibility for its partner museums at special events in New York and Chicago and in promotional materials. Our partner museums in Israel are the Design Museum Holon; Haifa Museums that include the Haifa City Museum, Haifa Museum of Art, Hermann Struck Museum, Mané-Katz Museum, the National Maritime Museum and the Tikotin Museum of Japanese Art; and the Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem.
Founded
1935
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Giant
Four distinctive museums
Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums dedicated to exploration through art and science: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. Collectively, the museums reached more than 1.4 million people in 2008, through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events. We are the largest, most far-reaching cultural organization in the Pittsburgh region, known throughout the world for our vast art and scientific collections and our scientific research. And we're a community leader in educational outreach.
Founded
1978
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Medium
Art you can get into
The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that exhibits room-sized works called installations. Created on site by artists from across the country and around the world, our unique exhibitions feature a variety of media that engage all of the senses. The Museum's unusual galleries are located in two creatively reused buildings on Pittsburgh's historic North Side. Both buildings house a growing-and distinctive- permanent collection, featuring artists James Turrell, Yayoi Kusama, Winifred Lutz and Rolf Julius, as well as innovative exhibitions that change throughout the year. Since 1977, the Mattress Factory has supported more than 500 artists through our world-renowned residency program. Each year artists come to Pittsburgh, live at the museum, and create new work.
Founded
1982
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Giant
Nurturing children's innate joy, creativity and curiosity
Since 1983, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh has been fulfilling its mission - to nurture children's innate joy, creativity, and curiosity - while focusing on gross motor development, language arts skills, health education, self-esteem, and personal responsibility. Each year, thousands of children, parents, grandparents, and teachers have explored hands-on exhibits, enjoyed original artwork by native Pittsburghers, and taken part in performances, storytelling, and artistic demonstrations. All of which have challenged their minds and ignited their imaginations. It has also served as an invaluable educational resource for families, schools, and community groups.
Founded
1989
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Giant
The legacy of Helen Clay Frick
The Frick Art & Historical Center is open to the public thanks to the generosity of Helen Clay Frick, daughter of Henry Clay Frick. When the Frick family moved to New York in 1905, Helen remained attached to Clayton, her Pittsburgh home. Her long-time wish was for Clayton and the surrounding estate to be preserved and opened to the public after her death. In 1970, Helen had The Frick Art Museum constructed to allow public enjoyment of her art collection. Miss Frick returned to Pittsburgh in 1981 and lived at Clayton until her death in 1984. Open to the public in 1990, Clayton now welcomes over 100,000 visitors a year and provides them with an intimate glimpse into the life of the Frick family a century ago.
Founded
1994
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Large
A world class automotive experience
The AACA Museum is dedicated to the Celebration, Preservation, Education, and Display of the American Motor Vehicle history that provides value for our members, hobbyists, and the public. AACA Museum is professionally staffed, collecting institution presenting semi-permanent and temporary exhibitions. Exhibitions are supported by educational programs for school and community audiences. It sponsors workshops and other activities designed to raise public awareness and appreciation of the role that the automobile has played in shaping 20th century America.
Founded
2005
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Giant
Preserves and interprets the evolving history
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America's premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the museum in Oklahoma City collects, preserves and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs and ground-breaking scholarly research to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of our American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture.
Founded
1934
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Giant
We bring people and art together.
Through the power of art, we contribute to a more vibrant Cincinnati by inspiring its people and connecting our communities. We believe that a vibrant city integrates art and design into its civic agenda. Connecting people and art is central to this belief and at the core of all we do. We believe that the story of art - past, present and future - enriches life, promotes a thriving creative economy, and links people and perspectives across cultures and history.We believe that inspiration, empowerment, education and community building are the highest purposes of museum programs, exhibitions, collecting, conservation, interpretation, and scholarship.We believe that the Cincinnati Art Museum can boldly lead our city and region forward in these pursuits.
Founded
1942
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Giant
Collecting, exhibiting and preserving the fine arts
Founded in 1919 as the Dayton Museum of Fine Arts, the Dayton Art Institute (DAI) is one of the nation's finest mid-sized art museums. The DAI's mission is to provide a diverse audience with knowledge, pleasure, cultural awareness and sensitivity to the visual environment by collecting, exhibiting and preserving the fine arts; promoting and cultivating aesthetic values in the visual arts; and providing exposure to the arts through a variety of structured and unstructured learning experiences. During the past decade, the museum has reaffirmed its tradition of providing outstanding educational programs and special exhibitions. The DAI's collection, now comprised of more than 27,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of art history, is rated as "superb in quality" by the American Association of Museums.
Founded
1958
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Giant
Explore, dream, learn
The Dayton Society of Natural History is the parent organization of the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery and its sister organization, SunWatch Indian Village, a partially reconstructed Fort Ancient period Native American village along the Great Miami River. The Boonshoft Museum's mission is to be the premier regional provider of interactive science learning experiences which enrich the lives of children and adults, enhance the quality of life in our community, and promote a broad understanding of the world. The Museum also works to preserve, protect, and enhance its anthropology, geology, paleontology, and biology collections, and to make these collections available for exhibition, education, and research purposes.
Founded
1940
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Giant
Dedicated to contemporary art
Founded in 1939 as the Modern Art Society, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was one of the first institutions in the U.S. dedicated to contemporary art. The CAC is a non-collecting institution that focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, performance art and new media. We remain committed to showcasing contemporary art and artists relevant to diverse audience, and developing programming that examines and reflects the importance of the art we exhibit. In addition, the CAC's Education Department makes the CAC exhibitions accessible to the widest possible audience by providing interpretive and entertaining information in a variety of forms and through special programs for children and adults.
Founded
1966
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Large
Raising awareness and funds to support the National Museum of the United States Air Force and its mission.
The Air Force Museum Foundation was chartered in 1960 to assist the National Museum of the United States Air Force as a medium of informing and educating the public on the important role of the United States Air Force in our nation's defense. We serve as a philanthropic corporation in assisting in the development and expansion of the facilities of the National Museum. In addition, the Foundation provides limited funds each year to the Museum for special projects and underwrites several program activities such as education, volunteer support, special events and promotional efforts. The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world. Each year over one million visitors from around the world tour 10 acres of indoor exhibits, featuring over 400 aircraft and missiles and thousands of artifacts.
Founded
1988
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Medium
A catalyst for learning
Founded in 1995, Science Central was originally incorporated by a group of teachers, parents, engineers, and community/business leaders who wanted to see the creation of a local science discovery center. Science Central became Indiana's first hands-on science center and is now a regional resource that provides inspiring and fun hands-on science education for people of all ages.
Founded
1985
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Giant
Telling America's story
The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, which opened in 1989, is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that showcase both Native American and Western art, culture and history. The mission of the Eiteljorg Museum is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Eiteljorg Museum collects and preserves Western art and Native American art and cultural objects of the highest quality, and serves the public through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, cultural exchanges and entertaining special events.
Founded
1993
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Giant
One of America's largest interactive science museums
Great Lakes Science Center (GLSC) is one of America's largest interactive science museums. See, touch and explore hundreds of hands-on exhibits, watch breathtaking OMNIMAX films and enjoy daily demonstrations. Discover exciting educational programs that demonstrate the interdependency of science, environment and technology, particularly in the Great Lakes Region. GSLC's mission is to stimulate interest and increase understanding of the sciences; demonstrate the interrelationship of science, environment and technology; and help people of all ages achieve and maintain greater science literacy in order to sustain and improve the quality of Great Cleveland, the Great Lakes region and beyond.
Founded
1993
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Giant
A palace worth of the Packard
Founded in 1991, America's Packard Museum is the world's only restored Packard Dealership operating as a museum, and only full-time museum dedicated exclusively to the Packard Motor Car Company, its products and philosophies. Located in the original Packard Dealership Building which was built in 1917, the museum has officially taken the name of the original dealership - The Citizens Motorcar Company. The museum features over 50 automobiles on display in the restored Art Deco showroom, service department and pavilion. In addition, significant artifacts from the Packard Motorcar Company are on display.
Founded
1995
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Giant
The vision to end segregation, the guts to fight for it
The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center opened in August 2004 on the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Our purpose is to tell the story of the struggle for freedom in the United States through exhibits and programs that focus on America's battle to rid itself of the ugly scourge of slavery and treat all its citizens with respect and dignity.
Founded
1999
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Large
Promoting awareness of Virginia's role in the creation of the United States of America
The mission of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation is to educate and promote understanding and awareness of Virginia's role in the creation of the United States of America. The Foundation, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is an educational institution of the Commonwealth of Virginia and administers two living-history museums. Jamestown Settlement interprets the cultures of 17th-century colonial Jamestown, America's first permanent English settlement, and the Powhatan Indians. The Yorktown Victory Center interprets the impact of the American Revolution on the people of America and the development of the new nation.
Founded
1998
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Giant
An educational and cultural center for the people of Central Ohio
The Columbus Museum of Art is an educational and cultural center for the people of Central Ohio. The Museum houses an outstanding collection of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and European modern art and hosts a continuous program of national and international traveling exhibitions. The Museum provides a wide range of educational services, including free tours for students and adults. Parents and children participate together in workshops and family days. Lectures, films and concerts which relate to the collection and exhibitions are regularly presented to adult audiences.
Founded
1962
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Large
Science education through hands-on discovery
COSI Columbus provides an exciting and informative atmosphere for those of all ages to discover more about our environment, our accomplishments, our heritage, and ourselves. We motivate a desire toward a better understanding of science, industry, health, and history through involvement in exhibits, demonstrations, and a variety of educational activities and experiences. COSI is for the enrichment of the individual and for a more rewarding life on our planet, Earth. Since its opening in 1964, COSI has welcomed nearly 20 million visitors from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries.
Founded
1985
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Large
Enriching lives through the world's finest arts and cultures
Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, the Bowers Museum is one of California's finest and Orange County's largest museums. The mission of the Bowers Museum is to enrich lives through the world's finest arts and cultures; to achieve its mission, the Bowers offers exhibitions, lectures, art classes, travel programs, children's art education programs, and other special community programs. The museum's permanent collection includes more than 130,000 works of art. These works were donated from 1935 to the present and represent many regions and cultures of the world. The museum's largest collections are in the areas of Native American art, Pre-Columbian art, Asian art, art of the Pacific, art of Africa and Orange County history.
Founded
1996
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Small
A Museum of California Art
Laguna Art Museum believes that the artists of California have created works of the highest quality and significance. An artistic center throughout its history, Laguna Beach is a natural home for the premier museum of California art. Laguna Art Museum seeks to develop a permanent collection that represents the rich history of California art; stage serious exhibitions of high artistic quality that complement the collection; offer a robust education program for children, students, and adults alike; and serve the community as a cultural and social center.
Founded
1999
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Giant
Educating the public about contemporary Latin American fine art
The Museum of Latin American Art's mission is to educate the public about contemporary Latin American fine art created by artists who have lived and worked in Latin America since World War II, through the presentation of a significant permanent collection, dynamic exhibitions and related cultural and educational programs. Founded by Dr. Robert Gumbiner in November 1996, it is the only museum in the western United States that exclusively features contemporary Latin American art. Through the utilization of its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, and programs, the Museum educates a diverse Southern California audience about contemporary Latin American art.
Founded
2001
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Tiny
Inspiring children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation.
Since 1999 San Diego Children's Discovery Museum has been "inspiring children to learn about our world through exploration, imagination, and experimentation." Today we remain the only hands-on educational children's museum in North San Diego County, serving children ages 0-10 with interactive exhibits and programs focused on science, world cultures, and art. Our central location in Escondido allows us to serve children and families across San Diego County, as well as West Imperial County, and South Riverside and Orange Counties.
Founded
1959
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Giant
A world of great art for everyone
Established in 1913, the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA) works to fulfill its dual roles as one of the world's most distinguished comprehensive art museums and as one of northeastern Ohio's principal civic and cultural institutions. The museum seeks to bring the pleasure and meaning of art to the broadest possible audience in accordance with the highest aesthetic, intellectual and professional standards. Toward this end the museum augments, preserves, exhibits and fosters understanding of the outstanding collections of world art it holds in trust for the public and presents complementary exhibitions and programs. The CMA is currently undertaking an expansion and renovation project, schedule for completion in 2011. For much of this time, the Museum will remain open, although operating on reduced basis.
Founded
1930
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Giant
Discover the nature of your universe
Founded in 1920, Cleveland Museum of Natural History works to inspire, through science and education, a passion for nature, the protection of natural diversity, the fostering of health, and leadership to a sustainable future. The Museum's permanent exhibits include a three million-year-old human ancestor, known as Lucy, and one of the most complete mounted sauropods on display anywhere in the world. The Museum also features a planetarium; observatory; discovery center; live animal shows; and a wildlife center and woods garden highlighting native Ohio flora and fauna, including bobcats, river otters and birds of prey. Outside Museum walls, the Natural Areas Program protects more than 4,000 acres of rare habitat in Northern Ohio. The Museum announced two mergers in 2007: HealthSpace Cleveland in January 2007, and EcoCity Cleveland in June 2007.
Founded
1936
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Giant
Promoting the appreciation of art through collections, exhibits and education
The Butler Institute of American Art works to preserve and collect works of art in all media created by citizens of our country. The Institute's holdings now exceed 20,000 individual works, and the Butler is known worldwide as America's Museum. The Beecher Center, housed in the south wing of the Butler's Youngstown location, is the first museum addition dedicated solely to new media and electronic art. The facility regularly displays works of art that utilize computers, holography, lasers and other digital media. The Beecher Center houses the Zona Auditorium, a digital media theater designed for performance art and high-definition film presentations. The Butler also operates two satellite facilities in nearby Columbiana and Trumbull Counties.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Promoting the appreciation of art
The Akron Art Museum first opened its doors in 1922 as the Akron Art Institute. Since that time, the museum has continued to enrich the lives of those in Northeast Ohio and beyond through modern art. Its collection is nationally recognized, and three acquisitions endowments have been created to ensure the collection's future growth. In 2007, the museum more than tripled in size with the opening of the new John S. and James L. Knight Building, creating a cultural hub for the community and serving as a symbol for Akron's embrace of the twenty-first century. The new structure adjoins the original building. Spanning three centuries, like the museum's collection, together they symbolize the museum's dual role as preserver of the past and herald of the future.
Founded
1953
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Medium
Discover the universe in your backyard
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center educates and inspires each of us to understand, appreciate and take responsibility for our natural world. Our vision is to give every child and adult the opportunity to make a lasting connection to the natural world and to build a lifelong passion for discovery.
Founded
1937
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Giant
Fostering exploration of art, design, and the natural environment
Founded in 1883, the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) serves the creative interests of its communities by fostering exploration of art, design, and the natural environment. With a collection of over 50,000 works of art, the IMA promotes these interests through the collection, presentation, interpretation and conservation of its artistic, historic, and environmental assets. The Museum also features national and international traveling exhibitions throughout the year. Upon completion, the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park will provide an urban oasis with 100 acres of woodlands, wetlands, lake and meadows located adjacent to the Museum. Oldfields-Lilly House & Gardens offers visitors a glimpse into the lives of one of Indianapolis's most interesting and prominent families, the Josiah K Lilly Jr. Family.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Arts. History. Science.
The Evansville Museum provides various services to the community consisting of educational programs and exhibits, planetarium shows, classes for elementary school children, and tours for interested groups. One of Southwestern Indiana's most established and significant cultural institutions, the Evansville Museum is a general museum with comprehensive collections in art, history, anthropology and science. Paintings and graphic works from the 16th Century to the present are prominent features in the Museum's permanent art galleries. On the grounds and terraces of the Museum, visitors may view contemporary and traditional sculpture.
Founded
1985
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Medium
Preserving the history and honoring the pioneers and individuals of the industry
The RV/MH Heritage Foundation is dedicated to preserving the history and honoring the pioneers and individuals who have made significant contributions to the RV and Manufactured Housing industries. The Foundation began its operation in 1972. Today, we have over 400 members in the Hall, called the "Wall of Fame". We have a great library with over 20,000 industry publications. In addition, we provide a first class event center. The Northern Indiana Event Center has over 35,000 square feet of space available in seven different areas.
Founded
1987
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Large
A gathering place by the water
Minnetrista is a gathering place that focuses on the exploration of nature, history, gardens and art; where vibrant, audience-centered experiences honor our heritage and inspire the future of our region. Minnetrista's forty-acre campus includes beautiful gardens, a modern museum facility, an historic home, Nature Area, numerous sculptures, and a portion of the White River Greenway. Minnetrista, "a gathering place by the water," takes its name from the original F. C. Ball home that once stood at the location of our Center Building. Our name now applies to our entire community, as Minnetrista keeps this name alive through programming, workshops, and exhibits, creating a gathering place for all.
Founded
1933
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Large
Nature and science education for Chicago students, teachers, and families
The Chicago Academy of Sciences and its Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum inspire people to learn about and care for nature and the environment. The Academy improves quality of life in Chicago and the region by delivering superior environmental and science education programs to students and teachers, by offering Museum exhibitions and conducting public programs that foster green living, and by restoring local ecosystems and advancing scientific knowledge through collections and research.
Founded
1932
Size
Giant
History Lives Here
The Chicago History Museum is the city's oldest cultural institution, founded as the Chicago Historical Society in 1857 by leading entrepreneurs to help develop their frontier town into a balanced city. Nationally recognized for its major collections, the Museum specializes in the diverse and evolving history of Chicago and Illinois, as well as selected areas of American history.Our mission is to share Chicago stories, serving as a hub for scholarship and learning, inspiration and civic engagement. The Chicago History Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets documents, images, and artifacts related to the history of metropolitan Chicago and the United States. Permanent and special exhibitions, a dynamic website, publications, research guidance to the collection, and educational programs are offered to the public.
Founded
1945
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Giant
Providing collection-based research and public education
The Field Museum was founded in 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose being the accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes. As an educational institution the Field Museum offers multiple opportunities for both informal and more structured public learning. Since its founding the Field Museum has been an international leader in evolutionary biology and paleontology, and archaeology and ethnography.
Founded
1938
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Giant
Inspiring the inventive genius in everyone
The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI), the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere, is home to more than 35,000 artifacts and more than 400,000 square feet of hands-on experiences designed to spark scientific inquiry and creativity. Since opening our doors in 1933, we've welcomed more than 180 million guests from around the world. Our mission, to inspire the inventive genius in everyone, is realized through our world-class interactive science exhibitions. Even bigger than our mission is our vision: to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering. The Museum's Center for the Advancement of Science Education (CASE) is continually developing and facilitating science teacher education courses, youth development programs, student Learning Labs, after-school science clubs and engaging guest experiences - all ways in which MSI makes science come alive for guests of all ages.
Founded
1978
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Medium
Fostering creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art.
Hyde Park Art Center has been a leader in advancing contemporary visual art in Chicago since 1939. With an expansive reach and bold personality, the nonprofit organization brings artists and communities together to support creativity at every level. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof. By developing socially adept programming that finds new ways to engage diverse audiences in the work of Chicago's artists, the Art Center makes space for transparent interaction with art and the artistic process, inspiring creative exploration and encouraging exchange between audiences and artists. Outside its walls, the Art Center's outreach programs in historically underserved neighborhoods bring the visual arts to Chicago youth, their teachers, and their families.
Founded
1982
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Giant
Take history to heart. Take a stand for humanity.
The mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is perhaps best expressed in our founding principle: Remember the Past, Transform the Future. The Museum is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The Museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation and interpretation of its collections and through education programs and initiatives that foster the promotion of human rights and the elimination of genocide.
Founded
1982
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Large
Where play and learning connect
Founded in 1982, Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) works to create a community where play and learning connect. CCM's primary audience is children up through the fifth grade including their families, along with the school and community groups that support and influence children's growth and development. Fifteen permanent exhibits and programming spaces provide innovative learning experiences for children and their caregivers. The museum serves more than 500,000 visitors annually. CCM also reaches out beyond its walls by making a significant investment of resources in neighborhoods across Chicago, particularly to children who might not otherwise have access to the museum's rich array of resources.
Founded
1983
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Medium
Stimulating and preserving knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture
Founded in 1982, the National Museum of Mexican Art works to stimulate and preserve knowledge and appreciation of Mexican culture through sponsoring events and exhibitions that exemplify the rich variety of visual and performing arts in the Mexican culture; to develop a significant permanent collection of Mexican art; to encourage the professional development of Mexican artists; and to offer arts education programs. The National Museum of Mexican Art is the nation's largest Latino arts institution and the only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums.
Founded
1988
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Small
More than a museum...a force for early learning
DuPage Children's Museum, founded in 1987, offers a variety of programs designed to stimulate the creativity and problem-solving skills among young children as well as programs to support the adults who work with and care for children. These programs include interactive, hands-on experiences for children, learning labs and workshops for education professionals. In addition, the museum provides community support and resources for children with autism spectrum disorders, visual impairments and or mobility impairments.
Founded
1994
Size
Large
Play, learn, and explore!
Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago provides engaging informal learning environments featuring interactive exhibits and programs that encourage young children ages birth to 8 to become effective learners through self-directed complex play. Kohl Children's Museum of Greater Chicago offers 17 interactive, hands-on exhibits. All of our exhibits and programs are aligned to the Illinois State Learning Standards and are designed to nurture a love of learning in young children.
Founded
1953
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Medium
The Renaissance Society is an independent, non-collecting museum of contemporary art.
The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. Founded in 1915 by a group of faculty members, we are an independent, non-collecting museum that combines a flexible, experimental ethos with focused, rigorous inquiry.We aim to create the best possible conditions for art and artists, and our commitment to supporting ambitious artistic expression frequently takes the form of newly commissioned exhibitions. Regular events include artist talks, lectures, concerts, and readings, which present opportunities for further discovery and discussion, while our publications offer critical reflection on and documentation of the exhibitions.
Founded
1966
Size
Giant
An innovative and compelling center of contemporary art
The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) strives to be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time. One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the MCA offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. The MCA aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion about contemporary art and culture.
Founded
1968
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Giant
Inspiring the next generation of explorers
The Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum - America's First Planetarium - was founded in 1930 by Chicago business leader Max Adler. The museum is home to two full-size planetarium theaters, including the world's first all-digital projection Definiti Space Theater, the Sky Theater which utilizes a Zeiss optical projector, and the Universe 3D Theater. It is also home to one of the world's most important antique instrument collections. The Adler is a recognized leader in science education, with a focus on inspiring young people, particularly women and minorities, to pursue careers in science.
Founded
2002
Size
Large
An essential element in the cultural and educational fabric of this region
The McLean County Historical Society, founded in 1892, is to be an essential element in the cultural and educational fabric of this region. Centered in the magnificent Old McLean County Courthouse our programs will tell the rich stories of past generations and new and growing communities. We will provide opportunities for public reflection on our heritage of hopes, triumphs and failures. We will accomplish this through discovering and saving the tangible evidence of the past. Most importantly, we will share our many stories through excellence in exhibition, education and publishing, along with providing our community with opportunities to participate in the work of a historical museum and library.
Founded
1947
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Large
Take Part in the Art
To provide Art for All through education, exhibition, collection and preservation of art. The Saginaw Art Museum will be the Great Lakes Bay Region's foremost fine arts institution; self-sustaining and considered among the nation's best small museums. Our programming reflects our community; it engages and delights museum patrons. We inspire and develop outstanding local artists. We are a powerful force for positive change in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The museum Board of Directors, Advisory Council and Staff are inspired by challenge; we are all ambassadors for the Arts and take deep personal professional pride in the success of the Museum and our Community.
Founded
1948
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Giant
DIA Every Day
Founded in 1885, the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has been a beacon of culture for the Detroit area for well over a century. The museum includes more than 100 galleries, a 1,150-seat auditorium, a 380-seat lecture/recital hall, an art reference library, and a state-of-the-art conservation services laboratory. The DIA's collection is among the top six in the United States, comprising a multicultural and multinational survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. A hallmark of the DIA is the diversity of the collection. In addition to outstanding American, European, modern and contemporary, and graphic art, the museum holds significant works of African, Asian, Native American, Oceanic, Islamic, and ancient art.
Founded
1945
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Giant
Bringing the American experience to life
Founded in 1929, The Henry Ford provides unique educational experiences based on authentic objects, stories, and lives from America's traditions of ingenuity, resourcefulness and innovation. Our purpose is to inspire people to learn from these traditions to help shape a better future. With a rich and diverse offering of exhibits, demonstrations, programs and reenactments, The Henry Ford celebrates yesterday's traditions as well as today's innovations. Five distinct attractions at The Henry Ford captivate and inspire visitors of all ages: Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, Benson Ford Research Center, and the IMAX Theater. Encounter ideas that change the world, travel through America's past, embark on America's greatest factory tour and more. It all comes together at The Henry Ford, America's greatest history attraction.
Founded
1955
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Large
Where the past is present
Since its founding in 1921, the Detroit Historical Society (DHS) has been dedicated to ensuring that the history of the region is preserved so that current and future generations of Detroiters can better understand the people, places and events that helped shape our lives. The DHS educates and inspires our community and visitors by preserving and portraying our region's shared history through dynamic exhibits and experiences; its vision is to create a shared sense of community and pride by celebrating the history and unique culture of our region. The Society is the day-to-day manager of the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and the more than 200,000 artifacts held in the collections.
Founded
1944
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Giant
Providing a diverse platform for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit.
Focusing on art, design, and creativity, GRAM will provide diverse platforms for experiences, ideas, and dialogue that enrich the human spirit and build practical learning skills. Through dynamic exhibitions, collections, learning initiatives, and community collaborations, GRAM will increasingly serve as a cultural beacon and civic anchor.Objectives:1. Expand the Impact of Art Enhance and innovate exhibitions, collections, learning, and content creation.2. Activate the Museum ExperienceDesign experiences that promote audience engagement, diversity, and participation.3. Integrate Innovation Skills Practice and advance human-centered design and 21st century learning skills.4. Advance Civic and Cultural LeadershipIncrease cultural and civic impact locally, regionally, and beyond.5. Build Institutional Strength Fortify institutional stability through earned and philanthropic financial growth, and by managing and leveraging assets.
Founded
1942
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Giant
Cultivating the creation and appreciation of the visual arts
From its beginning in 1924, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) has offered art classes to the whole community and a place for the enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibitions, lectures, special events and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan. The museum's 10 galleries showcase outstanding temporary exhibitions and the KIA's significant permanent collection. While the collection's emphasis is 20th-century American painting and sculpture, it also includes a European and American print collection, as well as important collections of photography and contemporary ceramics. The collection includes works by local, national, and international artists.
Founded
1966
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Small
Rejoice, relive, reconnect
Founded in 1965, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History provides learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins. The Museum strives to be a world-renowned history museum with outstanding collections and research used to produce innovative exhibits that celebrate significant events and accomplishments of African Americans. The Museum serves metropolitan Detroit, national and international communities. For over 35 years, the museum has served teachers and students by providing quality educational programs and exhibitions.
Founded
1959
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Giant
Fostering cultural activity and community vitality
Established in 1992, the Flint Cultural Center Corporation (FCCC) is committed to making sure the Flint Cultural Center continues to be a vibrant and comfortable gathering place for everyone in our community by taking care of the campus grounds and buildings, coordinating Cultural Center campus-wide programs and events, and directly supporting its member organizations: Longway Planetarium, Sloan Museum, and The Whiting. The FCCC works to foster cultural activity and community vitality through history, science and the arts. The FCCC will position the Flint Cultural Center as the premier regional destination, educational resource, and entertainment venue for history, science and the arts.
Founded
1937
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Giant
Art lives here
The Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM) collects and preserves art, presenting it to the community as a vital source of inspiration and education. Central to the Museum's mission is its role as a premier educational resource, with educational programs that are among the largest in the nation, involving classes, tours, and a full calendar of events for all ages. From its roots in Milwaukee's first art gallery in 1888, the Museum has grown today to be an icon for Milwaukee and a resource for the entire state. Four floors of over forty galleries of art are rotated regularly with works from antiquity to the present in the Museum's far-reaching collection. Included in the Collection are 15th- to 20th-century European and 17th- to 20th-century American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, decorative arts, photographs, and folk and self-taught art.
Founded
1964
Size
Large
The pre-eminent resource for the visual arts of Wisconsin
Museum of Wisconsin Art celebrates the value, diversity, and uniqueness of the visual arts and artists of Wisconsin. This is achieved by collecting, conserving, documenting, exhibiting, and promoting aesthetic understanding of the visual arts of Wisconsin. MOWA has transformed itself from a small community-based gallery to America's only regional art museum featuring the works of Wisconsin artists. The richness of Wisconsin art is reflective in its landscapes and history – from the breathtaking lakes and rolling hills carved out by the massive glaciers and pastures to factories and cities created by the early settlers and industrialists, to modern day metropolis. As the only museum in the world dedicated to collecting and maintaining works from Wisconsin, MOWA provides an insight to the human condition that is unavailable anywhere else.
Founded
1949
Size
Large
Housing the largest contemporary craft collections in the United States
The Racine Art Museum (RAM) is an outgrowth of the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts (Wustum) which opened in 1941. RAM operates both locations, using Wustum as its visual education center while RAM (open since 2003) is home to internationally recognized exhibitions of contemporary crafts. RAM's mission is to exhibit, collect, preserve, and educate in the contemporary visual arts. RAM houses the largest collection of contemporary crafts in the United States. With a permanent collection of more than 9,000 objects, half of these pieces represent the museum's focus on works from internationally recognized artists in ceramics, fibers, glass, metals, wood, and polymer. Wustum hosts exhibitions of regional/local artists and has one of the largest museum-based studio art class programs in the State. RAM's expanding outreach programs provide free or low-cost, hands-on art experiences to people of all ages at both museums and in other community settings.
Founded
1981
Size
Large
Connecting children with their families, their communities and the world beyond
Madison Children's Museum (MCM) connects children with their families, their communities and the world beyond through discovery learning and creative play. The museum, founded 30 years ago, acquired a $5 million, five-story office building in 2005 through the generosity of the W. Jerome Frautschi. The museum recently completed a very successful $10 million capital campaign to renovate the building, create an accessible green roof, and install new exhibits. The new facility, which opened in August 2010, expanded the museum's capacity to serve older children and school groups in a strong interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the arts, sciences, culture, health, history, and civic engagement. It already has been ranked the fifth best children's museum in the country in Parents Magazine's March 2011 issue and has won several awards from professional organizations within the museum industry for emphasizing the use of local products, people, and processes in creating the new facility.
Founded
1991
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Giant
Milwaukee's premier nonprofit science and technology center for kids.
Discovery World provides fun and educational experiences through interactive exhibits and educational programs for families and students in Milwaukee, the region, and the state of Wisconsin. We generate excitement for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and careers in the minds of children, even before they head to high school and beyond.
Founded
1967
Size
Giant
Inspiring wonder through the power of art
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) enriches the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world's diverse cultures. The MIA is one of the leading comprehensive fine art museums in the country. In a beautiful landmark building near downtown Minneapolis, the museum houses more than 80,000 works of arts, representing more than 5,000 years of world art and culture. The MIA offers visitors a broad range of artistic experiences from special exhibitions, classes and workshops to the historic Purcell-Cutts House - a masterpiece of Prairie School design. Central to the museum's values is a fundamental belief in accessibility. For this reason, the museum maintains a free general admission policy, annually welcoming approximately 500,000 visitors and serving more than 200,000 K-12 students.
Founded
1946
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Giant
Examining the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities
One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center (WAC) is known for commissioning and presenting innovative contemporary art; fostering the cross-pollination of the visual, performing, and media arts; and engaging diverse audiences in the excitement of the creative process. Founded in 1879, WAC has evolved from a small-scale, primarily regional institution into a major local, national, and international artistic resource. A 17-acre urban campus, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, opened in spring 2005. The expanded facility features new galleries; education areas; a new 385-seat theater; street-level and roof-top terraces; plazas, gardens, and lounges; and increased services and amenities for visitors.
Founded
1943
Size
Giant
Turn on the Science
The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM), founded in 1907, is a large regional science museum located on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul. SMM's programs combine research and collection facilities, a public science education center, extensive teacher education and school outreach programs, and an Imax Convertible Dome Omnitheater to provide science education to our audience of more than a million people per year. The Museum's mission is to turn on the science by realizing the potential of policy makers, educators, and individuals to achieve full civic and economic participation in the world.
Founded
1942
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Giant
Celebrating Swedish culture
The American Swedish Institute (ASI), founded in 1929 by Swedish immigrant newspaperman Swan J. Turnblad, is a historic house, museum, and cultural center that celebrates Swedish and Swedish-American culture. The Institute's Turnblad mansion is on the National Register of Historic Places. The ASI's purpose is to maintain an institute for the purpose of education to provide lectures, public meetings, conferences, art galleries, libraries, museums, exhibitions, concerts, and publications which promote knowledge of Swedish arts, literature and science. Our accomplishments for fiscal year ending 2008 include 75,000 museum visitors, two major exhibits, 10 smaller exhibits, and enhancements to permanent exhibits.
Founded
1979
Size
Medium
Sparking children's learning through play
In 1981, the first children entered the original Minnesota Children's Museum (MCM), known as Minnesota's AwareHouse, in downtown Minneapolis. Since then, MCM has provided learning-infused play experiences for over six million visitors. Through its exhibits and programs, the Museum helps children discover themselves and the world around them through experimentation, creative self-expression, investigation and role-playing. Although the Museum's innovative traveling exhibits and signature daily programs are well-known throughout the community, the mission of the Museum extends far beyond downtown St. Paul. As the leading traveling exhibit developer for children's museums nationwide, the Museum sparks learning in young children across the continent.
Founded
1987
Size
Tiny
Inspiring the next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem solvers
The Works Museum seeks to inspire the next generation of innovators, engineers, and creative problem solvers. Our exhibits, programs, and design challenges engage kids in science, technology, and engineering and make learning memorable and fun. Dreams need doing, and exploring engineering gives a child the power to make stuff, break stuff, and make it better! We need the imagination and skill of engineers to solve the problems and address the challenges of our modern world. Engineering fuels collaboration, persistence, and problem solving; critical skills for every child from every walk of life. The Works Museum welcomes you to explore engineering and stretch your imagination.
Founded
1993
Size
Medium
Advancing Ceramic Arts
Northern Clay Center's mission is the advancement of the ceramic arts. Ongoing programs include exhibitions by contemporary regional, national and international ceramic artists, as well as historical and architectural ceramics; classes and workshops for children and adults at all skill levels; studio space and grants for artists; and a sales gallery representing many top ceramic artists from the region and elsewhere.
Founded
1949
Size
Giant
Presenting thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs
The Des Moines Art Center (DMAC), opened in 1948, presents thought-provoking exhibitions and educational programs, as well as hands-on studio art classes. The DMAC works to be a leader in the field by contributing to the cultural record. We serve our community by engaging people with art, emphasizing the art of our times through our collection and exhibition policies. We shape the culture of our community, making art accessible to all-enriching and inspiring through educational programs and partnerships. From this strong local base, we strive to extend our leadership nationally and globally.
Founded
1983
Size
Large
Celebrating Danish roots and American dreams
The Danish Immigrant Museum was founded in 1983 to preserve the history of Danish immigration to America. In October 2013 the museum officially adopted the name Museum of Danish America. The Museum of Danish America celebrates Danish roots and American dreams. The museum's artifact collection of over 35,000 artifacts is diverse and wide ranging. There are family heirlooms brought from Denmark, remarkable examples of needlework, tools of early immigrant tradesmen and memorabilia from Danish-American clubs and organizations. Many of the items on display are treasures which have been passed down through the generations in Danish families.
Founded
1964
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Giant
Where fun and learning flow together
The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has its roots in the Richard Herrmann Museum of Natural History, established in the 1870s. The DCHS was formed in 1950 as a private, non-profit organization with a focus on oral and archival history; and it opened its first museum, the Mathias Ham House, in 1964. Over the past 25 years the DCHS has successfully raised $54 million to organize and expand its Mississippi River Museum into the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium. The Museum & Aquarium is accredited by the American Association of Museums - a distinction held by only 9 percent of American museums, was named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in August 2002, and was accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums in 2009.
Founded
1965
Size
Large
The National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center
Vesterheim is the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center, with over 33,000 artifacts, 12 historic buildings, a Folk Art School, and a library and archives. This treasure showcases the most extensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. Vesterheim's exhibitions explore the diversity of American immigration through the lens of the Norwegian-American experience and highlight the best in historic and contemporary Norwegian folk and fine arts. Vesterheim embodies the living heritage of Norwegian immigrants to America. Sharing this cultural legacy can inspire people of all backgrounds to celebrate tradition.
Founded
1966
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Medium
Promoting appreciation and creation of visual art.
The Figge Art Museum actively serves the public by promoting appreciation and creation of visual art through education, and by collecting, conserving and exhibiting art. As a vital, responsive institution, the Museum brings art and people together, expands the knowledge and love of art, and enriches the life of the community through the power of art. The Figge Art Museum is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines. With soaring glass walls reflecting the constantly changing sky, the museum's expansive galleries and intimate rooms are home to some of the Midwest's finest art collections. Studio-style classrooms allow young and old to participate in the creative process.
Founded
1966
Size
Giant
The experience is yours
The Science Center of Iowa (SCI) is a center devoted to lifelong learning featuring six dynamic experience platforms and where visitors can explore and experiment. By placing the power of learning in the hands of the visitor, the programmatic emphasis is not on what to learn, but how to learn. SCI strives to be the highest quality resource inspiring scientific exploration through interactive education, exhibits, and programs. Our goal is to be a quality community resource for informal science learning where children, families, school groups and individuals come to explore science and technology. SCI also showcases a 216-seat Blank IMAX Dome Theater, a 175-seat John Deere Adventure Theater featuring live performances, and a 50 foot domed Star Theater.
Founded
1943
Size
Giant
Deepening the understanding of past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities
The Missouri History Museum seeks to deepen the understanding of past choices, present circumstances, and future possibilities; strengthen the bonds of the community; and facilitate solutions to common problems. The Missouri History Museum's research collections contain unique regional history sources and objects documenting St. Louis, Missouri, the Mississippi and Missouri Valleys, the Louisiana Purchase Territory and the American West. An integrated and multi-format collection, it serves an audience of diverse local, national and international readers and researchers.
Founded
1978
Size
Medium
A living laboratory where artists and audiences explore the relationship between contemporary art and the natural environment.
Founded in 1977, Laumeier Sculpture Park is a living laboratory where artists and audiences explore the relationship between contemporary art and the natural environment. We provide high-quality learning experiences for the greater St. Louis community and for visitors from all over the world. The many changing exhibitions, concerts, educational programs, lectures and special events developed at Laumeier Sculpture Park support the mission of the institution.
Founded
1980
Size
Large
Presenting, supporting, and celebrating the art of our time
The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) presents, supports, and celebrates the art of our time. Our mission is to create meaningful engagement with the most relevant and innovative art being made today. With a dynamic array of changing exhibitions, CAM provides a thought-provoking program that reflects and contributes to the global cultural landscape. Through diverse perspectives offered in our exhibitions, programs, and educational activities. CAM actively engages a range of audiences to challenge their perceptions. We are a site for discovery, a laboratory for experimentation, and a gathering place in which to experience and enjoy contemporary visual culture.
Founded
1991
Size
Medium
Inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning
Discovery Center of Springfield is an interactive, hands-on museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation of the world and our place in it. Discovery Center provides a number of educational opportunities that provide a hands on experience while learning. Assisting the educational systems and youth in Southwest Missouri, Discovery Center provides educators who teach sessions in school classrooms. These presentations are centered around science and the Missouri MAP educational requirements.
Founded
1957
Size
Giant
Encouraging public interest in art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and the varied cultures they represent. It is committed through its collections and programs to being a vital partner in the educational and cultural life of Kansas City and a preeminent institution both nationally and internationally. The Museum is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. The Nelson-Atkins is free to all visitors, everyday. Our growing collection has fascinated, illuminated and exhilarated people since 1933.
Founded
1987
Size
Medium
Educating through the study of art.
The North Dakota Museum of Art works to foster and nurture the aesthetic life and artistic expression of the people living on the Northern Plains. The Museum provides experiences that please, enlighten and educate the child, the student and the broad general public. Specifically, the Museum researches, collects, conserves and exhibits works of art. It also develops programs in such related arts as performance, media arts and music.
Founded
2002
Size
Large
Commemorate and educate
Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States. We have a two-fold mission that has remained constant since its inception in 1961: commemoration and education. LAMOTH dedicates itself as a primary source institution, one that commemorates those who perished and honors those who survived by housing the precious artifacts that miraculously weathered the Holocaust. LAMOTH provides free Holocaust education to the public, particularly students from underfunded schools and underserved communities. We are committed to providing opportunities for dialogue with Holocaust Survivors, who are the living embodiment of history.
Founded
1951
Size
Giant
Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum
As Nebraska's largest and most distinguished art museum, Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha has served as the premier center for visual art since opening in 1931. Joslyn's collection features work from antiquity to the present, with an emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century European and American art; Joslyn is also renowned for its collection of art of the American West. In addition to the art galleries, Joslyn features a 1,000 seat concert hall, fountain court, education technology gallery, lecture hall, library, café, and gift shop. Several special exhibitions are presented each year, complementing the permanent collection and offering a broad range of art to everyone. Year-round musical performances, educational lectures by national and international scholars, and art classes for all ages further enhance the Joslyn experience.
Founded
1988
Size
Medium
Where children to create, discover, and learn through the power of play
The Lincoln Children's Museum invites children to create, discover, and learn through the power of play. We offers three floors and 23,300 square feet of hands-on exhibits and imaginative programs that allow children and adults to discover the adventure of learning through play together. Build, dance, play, climb, create, sing, and laugh at the Lincoln Children's Museum in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Founded
2003
Size
Giant
Connecting Art, People, and Ideas
The Contemporary Jewish Museum's (CJM) core purpose is to be an engaging forum for diverse audiences where new perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas thrive. The CJM makes the diversity of the Jewish experience relevant for a twenty-first century audience. We accomplish this through innovative exhibitions and programs that educate, challenge, and inspire. Since its founding in 1984, the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) has distinguished itself as a welcoming place where visitors can connect with one another through dialogue and shared experiences with the arts.
Founded
1985
Size
Giant
Inspiring a deeper interest in science
The mission of Exploration Place is to inspire a deeper interest in science through creative and fun experience. Exploration Place is dedicated to providing informal, enjoyable learning experiences with extraordinary resources for exploration for people of all ages. Our exhibits and programs are STEM focus (science, technology, engineering and science.) Permanent exhibits include Exploring Flight and Design, Exploring Our Only Home, Kansas Kids Connect (a pre-school only gallery), The Castle, Kansas in Miniature. We also feature three different traveling exhibits each year. Annual attendance is more than 200,000, and since opening in April 2000, more than 3 million people have visited.
Founded
1935
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Giant
Connecting People to Art
The Delaware Art Museum's mission is to connect people to art, offering an inclusive and essential community resource that through its collections, exhibitions, and programs generates creative energy that sustains, enriches, empowers, and inspires. Founded in 1912, the Delaware Art Museum is best known for its large collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art, works by Wilmington-native Howard Pyle and fellow American illustrators, and urban landscapes by John Sloan and his circle. Originally called the Wilmington Society of the Fine Arts, and then the Delaware Art Center, the Museum officially became the Delaware Art Museum in the early 1970s. The Museum now encompasses 80,000 square feet of exhibition and administrative space, four studio art classrooms, and a 9-acre sculpture park.
Founded
1953
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Giant
Collecting, preserving, and interpreting the unfolding history of American enterprise
Hagley Museum and Library collects, preserves, and interprets the unfolding history of American enterprise. It is located on the site of the gunpowder works founded by E. I. du Pont in 1802. Hagley's library furthers the study of business and technology in America, especially the Middle Atlantic region. The collections include individuals' papers and companies' records ranging from eighteenth-century merchants to modern telecommunications and illustrate the impact of the business system on society. The Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society organizes and administers the Hagley Museum and Library's interaction with the world of scholarship. It brings attention to Hagley's research collections and generates intellectual dialogue at Hagley.
Founded
1959
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Giant
Exciting and informing people about the natural world
The Delaware Museum of Natural History opened to the public in 1972 to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery. As the only natural history museum in the state, the Museum welcomes more than 75,000 visitors each year to experience an African watering hole, gaze up at a giant squid, encounter a jaguar face-to-face, and marvel at the diversity of shells from around the globe. Gallery highlights also include the only permanent dinosaur collection in Delaware, a simulated coral reef, and a Science in Action paleontology lab. Throughout the year the Museum also hosts several special exhibits on national tour.
Founded
1975
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Large
A one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world
The Bakken Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum exploring the mysteries of our electrical world. Inspiring a passion for science and its potential for social good by helping people explore the history and nature of electricity and magnetism. It is a museum with electrifying exhibits and activities that are fun for kids and families and an education center that offers top quality hands-on programs for students and teachers. The Bakken has the world's leading collection of books and artifacts on the history of electricity in life.
Founded
1976
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Giant
Wildlife and living history
The High Desert Museum's history began when founder Donald M. Kerr raised a wolf cub for his high school biology class. Originally founded in 1974 as the Western Natural History Institute, today the Museum remains true to Kerr's guiding principle that education and experience are the basis for thoughtful decisions. Opened in 1982, the Museum is dedicated to broadening the understanding of the High Desert's wildlife, culture, art and natural resources. In doing so, it strives to promote thoughtful decision making to sustain the region's natural and cultural heritage. Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, the Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future.
Founded
1977
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Giant
Supporting the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Founded in 1976, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Foundation raises funds and manages investments for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia. VMFA has achieved an international reputation for creative excellence and innovative programming. The Museum houses a collection of world art ranging from antiquities to contemporary art, preserved as records of the best of human expression. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people are enriched by experiences visiting the Museum, going online for virtual website tours and interactive activities, participating in educational programs and social events, or attending traveling exhibitions, lectures, and workshops at one of our statewide partner venues. VMFA is currently undergoing construction and will re-open on May 1, 2010.
Founded
1978
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Medium
See more, do more, be more
In 2009, The Children's Museum of Richmond (CMoR) celebrates its 28th year of educational service to the Richmond community. The museum welcomes nearly a quarter million visitors each year and is proud to be a vital asset and cultural hub for the children and families of Central Virginia. The Children's Museum of Richmond has been at its current location for almost ten years, welcoming over 1.5 million visitors of all ages. The mission of the Children's Museum of Richmond is to inspire all children by appealing to their natural capacity for curiosity, exploration and learning. This mission is accomplished through exploration of exhibits, special programming and field trip classes.
Founded
1980
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Giant
Bringing art and people together to enrich and transform lives
Founded in 1939 as the Norfolk Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Chrysler Museum of Art combines one of America's great fine arts museums and two significant historic houses. In addition to maintaining a distinguished permanent collection of 30,000 objects spanning nearly 5,000 years history, the Chrysler offers a comprehensive program of changing exhibitions and education activities for visitors of all ages. Our goal is to bring people and original works of art together. We believe that a visit to a museum should be both educational, providing visitors with a chance to learn more about themselves and their world, and fun.
Founded
2003
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Medium
Protectors of history
Tri-State Warbird Museum is a historic aviation museum dedicated to remembering those who fought for our freedom, and honoring those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The Museum is a 22,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility. The museum offers an inviting atmosphere to facilitate the restoration and preservation of the aircraft, while maximizing our educational mission.
Founded
1947
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Giant
Touch wonder
The mission of the Maryland Science Center (MSC) is to create awareness of the importance of science to our lives and to stimulate people, especially children, to learn science by creating exciting educational experiences. The vision of the Maryland Science Center is to create interest in young people in science by engaging and entertaining them. As one of the most unique and important educational institutions in the region, the Science Center makes science fun; entertainment is the means and education is the end. And because of its well-earned reputation for exhibition excellence and innovative programming, the Maryland Science Center is a national model for turning on children to science. MSC traces its history back to 1797, when the Maryland Academy of Sciences, MSC's parent organization, was founded as an amateur scientific society.
Founded
1976
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Medium
Celebrating the world we build for ourselves
Created by an act of Congress in 1980, the National Building Museum offers visitors the chance to see many interesting objects, from drawings by famous architects to a full-scale, sustainable house built in our own galleries. The care, interpretation, and thoughtful display of such artifacts is central to our mission. The Museum is, however, much more than a repository of things, beautiful and intriguing though they may be. It is above all a forum for the development, exploration, and exchange of ideas. Our exhibitions, educational programs, and publications are well regarded not only for their capacity to enlighten and entertain, but also as vehicles for fostering lively discussion about a wide range of topics related to development, architecture, construction and engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, and urban planning.
Founded
1978
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Small
Honoring the men & women of the sea services - past present & future
In 1978, the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation undertook a drive to build a memorial in Washington. Dedicated on October 13, 1987, the United States Navy Memorial offers Sea Service men and women ways to reconnect with each other, celebrate their shared experiences and preserve the memories and stories of their service. We also provide a forum to educate the public about the rich maritime heritage of this nation and the importance of keeping the seas of the world free. The Navy Memorial's Education department is responsible for conducting youth education programs, seminars and symposia, creating exhibits in the Naval Heritage Center and providing reference information and photographs to researchers. Today, the Foundation is working to retire remaining construction debt and support educational programs.
Founded
1982
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Giant
The wonder of women in the arts
Incorporated in 1981, the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) brings recognition to the achievements of women artists of all periods and nationalities by exhibiting, preserving, acquiring, and researching art by women and by teaching the public about their accomplishments. To fulfill this mission, the museum cares for and displays a permanent collection, presents special exhibitions, conducts education programs, maintains a Library and Research Center, publishes a quarterly magazine and books on women artists, and supports a network of state and international committees. NMWA also serves as a center for the performing and literary arts and other creative disciplines.
Founded
1991
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Giant
A living memorial to the Holocaust
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM) is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as a memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust. Chartered by a unanimous Act of Congress in 1980 and located adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, DC, the USHMM strives to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust through multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting and preserving material evidence, art and artifacts related to the Holocaust; annual Holocaust commemorations known as Days of Remembrance; distribution of education materials and teacher resources; and a variety of public programming designed to enhance understanding of the Holocaust and related issues, including those of contemporary significance.
Founded
1988
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Large
Honoring all servicewomen - past, present and future
Founded in 1985, the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation operates and maintains the Women In Military Service For America Memorial, the only major national memorial honoring all servicewomen - past, present and future. The Memorial honors some 2.5 million women who have served or are serving in or with the U.S. Armed Forces starting with the American Revolution. Additionally, the Memorial Foundation maintains and operates the Memorial Education Center; manages an archive and research collection relating to women in the military; conducts an aggressive education program; builds exhibits showcasing the different eras in which women have served using text, images, memorabilia and artifacts; and continues to register servicewomen past and present.
Founded
1987
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Giant
America's Railroad Museum
The Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum works to preserve the physical legacy and experience of American railroading; interpret and present its history to the widest possible audience; and develop programs which broaden and deepen public appreciation of the past, present and future significance of the railroad industry in the development of American life. Opened in 1953 as the Baltimore & Ohio Transportation Museum, the Museum is home to the oldest, most comprehensive American railroad collection in the world. The Museum's 40-acre historic site, its unrivalled collections and magnificent buildings combined with innovative education and public programming have earned it the sobriquet America's railroad museum.
Founded
1993
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Large
To connect purposeful play and learning
Port Discovery's mission is to connect purposeful play and learning. Activities and exhibits are based on the Museum's five learning initiatives: Early Childhood Learning, Healthy Families: Healthy Communities, STEM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Financial Literacy, and Creative Arts and Culture. Since opening in the historic Fish Market building in Downtown Baltimore in 1998, Port Discovery has served more than 3.7 million visitors.
Founded
2002
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Large
Strengthening ties between the Louvre and its American public
American Friends of the Louvre was founded in December 2002 to strengthen ties between the Louvre and its American public. Its office in New York opened in 2004. Its primary goals are the following: To support the Louvre in its efforts to improve educational tools and visiting conditions, particularly for American and other English-speaking visitor, to promote collaborations between the Louvre and American institutions through the development of cultural activities in the U.S., such as exhibitions, educational programs and professional and scholarly exchanges, and to participate in the financing of Louvre projects, such as renovations of galleries, restorations, fellowships, and educational programs both in France and the U.S.
Founded
1935
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Giant
Inspiring creativity, encouraging learning, and fostering human understanding
The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) seeks innovation and excellence in an artistic program that focuses on art of the modern era, from the 19th century to the present. The BMA is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art - including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. As a major cultural destination for the greater Baltimore region, the BMA organizes and presents a variety of dynamic exhibitions and innovative programs throughout the year, and frequently hosts special events with cultural and educational partners. General admission to the BMA is free for everyone, every day, so that great art is accessible to all.
Founded
1960
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Medium
Dedicated to the knowledge, practice and appreciation of the arts
The Academy Art Museum, which welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually, provides the knowledge, practice, and appreciation of the arts and to enhance cultural life on the Eastern Shore by making available to everyone the Museum's expanding collection, exhibitions, and broad spectrum of arts programs.
Founded
1967
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Giant
Celebrating excellence in the art of film, television and digital media
The American Film Institute (AFI) is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. Founded in 1967, AFI trains the next generation of filmmakers at its world-renowned Conservatory, maintains America's film heritage through the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and explores new digital technologies in entertainment and education through the AFI Digital Content Lab and K-12 Screen Education Center. As the largest nonprofit exhibitor in the US, AFI ON SCREEN encompasses the annual AFI FEST as well as year-round programming at ArcLight Hollywood and the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Founded
1963
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Giant
America's first museum of modern art
The Phillips Collection is an intimate museum combined with an experiment station. At its heart is an exceptional collection of modern and contemporary art around which the museum creates a dynamic environment for looking, learning, and enjoyment. Created by visionary Duncan Phillips, the museum has engaged artists, visitors, scholars, students and teachers with modern art in a profound and personal way for more than 85 years. While small in scale and focused in its exhibitions and programming, the Phillips is national and international in its reach and impact. With the new Center for the Study of Modern Art, the museum has become a lively forum for a global conversation about the visual expressions and ideas of today.
Founded
1924
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Giant
Seriously Amazing
Our Mission is the increase and diffusion of knowledge.Our Vision is to shape the future by preserving our heritage, discovering new knowledge, and sharing our resources with the world.
Founded
1965
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Giant
Preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art
Established in 1941, the National Gallery of Art (NGA) serves the United States of America in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art, at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. The NGA's principal duty is to keep its collections intact for future generations and to pass these on in optimum condition. The Gallery limits its active art collecting to paintings, sculpture, and works of art on paper, from the late middle ages to the present, from Europe and the United States. The Gallery's collections are on view in Washington and by loan elsewhere. The NGA also borrows works of art for exhibition in Washington.
Founded
1938
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Giant
That the future may learn from the past
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation operates the world's largest living history museum in Williamsburg, Virginia - the restored 18th-century capital of Britain's largest, wealthiest, and most populous outpost of empire in the New World. Here we interpret the origins of the idea of America, conceived decades before the American Revolution. In Colonial Williamsburg's 301-acre Historic Area stand hundreds of restored, reconstructed, and historically furnished buildings. Costumed interpreters tell the stories of the men and women of the 18th-century city - black, white, and native American, slave, indentured, and free - and the challenges they faced. In this historic place, we help the future learn from the past.
Founded
1925
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Giant
Collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond's history
The mission of The Richmond History Center is to engage, educate, and challenge a diverse audience by collecting, preserving, and interpreting Richmond's history. The Richmond History Center offers major changing exhibitions, which focus on American urban and social history, costumes, decorative arts and architecture. The History Center includes the stately 1812 Wickham House, a National Historic Landmark and outstanding example of neoclassical architecture featuring rare wall paintings.
Founded
1932
Size
Giant
One of the of the largest international maritime history museums in the world
Founded in 1930, The Mariners' Museum is one of the of the largest international maritime history museums in the world. Over 60,000 square feet of gallery space hold approximately 35,000 artifacts including rare figureheads, handcrafted ship models, Civil War ironclad USS Monitor artifacts, paintings, small craft from around the world, and much more. The Library at the Mariners' Museum holds the largest maritime history collection in the Western Hemisphere. With its rich collections and international scope the Library is a premier source for maritime research. The collections consist of over 1.75 million items including books, magazines, rare books, manuscripts, maps and charts, vessel plans, newspaper articles, photographs, Chris-Craft archives and The Mariners' Museum archives.
Founded
1928
Size
Large
Teaching patriotism and honoring the memory of George Washington.
The George Washington Masonic National Memorial Association maintains in the city of Alexandria, Virginia, a memorial temple to George Washington. The George Washington Masonic National Memorial is more than a colossal memorial and museum. It is a tourist attraction and destination; research center and library; community center; performing arts center and concert hall; banquet and celebration site; and meeting site for local and countless visiting Masonic lodges and organizations. However, first and foremost, it is a memorial to honor and perpetuate the memory, character and virtues of the man who best exemplifies what Freemasons are and ought to be, Brother George Washington.
Founded
1970
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Small
Making science and technology accessible to all people
The Science Museum of Western Virginia, chartered in 1970, exists to make science and technology accessible to all people by providing hands-on exhibits and galleries, offering a variety of innovative programs, preserving and displaying collections to stimulate and enhance learning. Exhibits such as The Butterfly Garden, Healthy Bodies Gallery, Open Lab, and Children's Curiosity Corner create a welcoming atmosphere that stimulate curiosity and wonder.
Founded
1994
Size
Large
Cultivating an engaged community of lifelong learners
Amazement Square cultivates an engaged community of lifelong learners by sparking imagination, creativity, and curiosity. The museum motivates children and adults of all backgrounds and abilities toward greater creativity and understanding of themselves and the world through hand-on learning.
Founded
1997
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Small
Preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women
The National Women's History Museum (NWHM), founded in 1996, is a nonpartisan educational institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the diverse historic contributions of women, and integrating this rich heritage fully into our nation's history. Our mission is to build the first ever national museum in Washington, D.C., dedicated exclusively to women's history. It will be centrally located near the world's most prestigious museums and monuments in our Nation's Capital. Until legislation passes in Congress designating a permanent museum in Washington, D.C., the NWHM promotes women's history through its temporary exhibits, special events, Cyber Museum, and online educational materials.
Founded
1998
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Giant
To preserve and enrich the cultural life and heritage of the Valley
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) interprets the art, history, and culture of the great valley for which it is named. This regional museum complex in Winchester, Virginia, includes a historic house dating to the eighteenth century, six acres of spectacular gardens, and a museum designed by internationally recognized architect Michael Graves. In addition, MSV maintains the landscape and farmland of all these properties, each of which offers educational programming and exhibitions to its members and visitors.
Founded
1954
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Giant
A center for the visual arts
The Taubman Museum of Art was founded in 1951. As a center for the visual arts, we encourage a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art and the interpretation of art. Our programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing our audiences. An art center encompasses the functions of an art museum but is broader in scope and more of a hybrid non-profit, permanent cultural institution. The collections form one of many equivalent cores around which exhibitions and educational programs are organized. There is however, equanimity between exhibitions, collections, lectures performance, film and video, seminars, symposia, conversations, and other forms of presentation. It is the ideas and experiences, educational initiatives and learning environments, and community engagement and collaboration that form the core of the art center.
Founded
1965
Size
Large
Connecting people to nature through educational experiences
In 1987, the Virginia Living Museum became the first living museum east of the Mississippi, combining the elements of a native wildlife park, science museum, aquarium, botanical preserve and planetarium. The exhibits showcase all of the state's regions from the upland coves of the Appalachian Mountains to the salty offshore waters of the Atlantic Ocean and feature more than 245 different animal species. The Museum's unique exhibits are also a vital component in its extensive education programming. The museum believes in hands-on education; that by experiencing science it will become memorable. More than two million students have visited the museum since 1987.
Founded
1948
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Giant
Learn. Play. Discover.
For six decades, the Huntington Museum of Art has been defined by a vision, a vision of bringing the world of art to the people of West Virginia and the Tri-State region. That vision, nurtured by the generosity of museum founders and supporters, has led to the creation of a truly distinguished museum, the finest in the state and the largest between Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Richmond. It boasts an exceptional collection, innovative exhibitions and educational programs, a landmark facility, and an extraordinary 52-acre site where art and nature blend in harmony.
Founded
2003
Size
Medium
Defining the role of craft and design
The Museum of Craft and Design (MCD) develops and presents engaging exhibitions and educational programs that explore and define the role of craft and design in our dynamically changing global culture, encouraging our audience to see the world differently. Since opening to the public in 2004, the Museum of Craft and Design has delivered innovative exhibitions and programs to visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond. Our mission is to be an environment for experiencing innovative contemporary work in craft and design that engages the community while stimulating the creative potential in peoples' lives. MCD's exhibitions focus on craft and design in all media.
Founded
1950
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Giant
Discover the extraordinary
Founded in 1981, Discovery Place is dedicated to inspiring exploration of the natural and social world through extraordinary exhibits and educational programs that inform, challenge and engage audiences of all ages. Discovery Place operates Discovery Place and Charlotte Nature Museum, and is developing a children's museum, Discovery Place KIDS. As one of the leading hands-on science centers in the country, Discovery Place offers visitors the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the basics of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in a fun, interactive and informal setting. Discovery Place KIDS is a children's museum under development providing an extraordinary and rich play experience that engages children's imagination and inspires learning, the Museum is designed to serve children and their parents or caregivers.
Founded
1943
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Giant
Experience art
Two unique museums make up The Mint Museums: the Mint Museum of Art (MMA) and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design (MMCD). Opened in 1936 as North Carolina's first art museum, the MMA is a rich and diverse resource with noted collections of American art, pre-Columbian art, American and European ceramics, American decorative arts, historic costumes and accessories, African art, Asian art, historic maps, contemporary art and photography. Enhancing the permanent collections is an active schedule of changing exhibitions and education programs. The MMCD features a permanent collection documenting contemporary studio craft, tracing the movement's historical roots in the 19th century and its relationship to traditional decorative arts and industrial design.
Founded
1965
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Giant
Inspire. Imagine. Find meaning.
Reynolda House preserves and interprets an American country home and a premiere collection of American art ranging from the colonial period to the present. Built in 1917 by Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the house originally occupied the center of a 1,067-acre estate. It opened to the public as an institution dedicated to the arts and education in 1965, and as an art museum in 1967. Masterpieces from three centuries of painting and sculpture make up Reynolda's renowned collection. The collection is extraordinary for its quality and provides audiences with a thorough survey of major developments in American art in a warm and welcoming setting.Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features changing exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events. Adjacent Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village feature a spectacular public garden, dining, shopping and trails.
Founded
1976
Size
Medium
We ignite engagement and conversations that inspire, empower and enlighten all.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro- American Cultural Center) celebrates the contributions of Africans and African- Americans to American culture and serves as a community epicenter for music, dance, theater, visual art, film, arts education programs, literature and community outreach. The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture presents, preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent.
Founded
1991
Size
Large
Exploration and appreciation of the diverse history of the South since the Civil War
Levine Museum of the New South mission is to engage a broad-based audience in the exploration and appreciation of the diverse history of the South since the Civil War, with a focus on Charlotte and the surrounding Carolina Piedmont. Through the Museum we collect, preserve, and interpret the materials, sights, sounds, and ideas that illumine and enliven this history. The Museum presents opportunities for life-long learning about this history for the benefit, enjoyment and education of children and adults, and provides historical context for contemporary issues and a community forum for thoughtful discussion.
Founded
2000
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Large
A Center for the Visual Arts
As a center for the visual arts on a mountain plateau, The Bascom enhances the quality of life through a dynamic and inspirational arts experience that inspires and attracts residents and visitors through interaction with all forms of visual arts. At The Bascom, children and adults explore and learn about art, both indoors and outdoors. The Bascom provides stimulating experiences in the visual arts through high quality changing exhibitions and educational opportunities.
Founded
1955
Size
Large
Preserving and promoting the art of Charleston and the American South
The Gibbes Museum of Art is temporarily closed for renovations and will reopen in the spring of 2016. The Gibbes Museum of Art offers through collection, exhibition, interpretation, and educational opportunities a thorough knowledge of the visual culture of Charleston, the Lowcountry, and the American South from the Colonial Era through today. The Museum engages adults and children, residents and visitors in the beauty, boldness, and artistic achievement of this unique American region.
Founded
1995
Size
Large
It's your world
EdVenture's mission is to inspire children to experience the joy of learning. Behind EdVenture's doors, we are proud to have six world-class exhibit galleries, a library, learning laboratories, resource centers and other visitor amenities. Two additional outdoor gallery spaces are located just outside the museum's front doors. Within the total 85,000 square feet that is EdVenture Children's Museum, there are more than 350 individual hands-on exhibits. EdVenture's average annual attendance is 200,000. Since opening on November 8, 2003, EdVenture has welcomed visitors from all 50 states and 18 foreign countries.
Founded
1962
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Medium
Celebrating outstanding artistic creativity
The Columbia Museum of Art celebrates outstanding artistic creativity through its collection, exhibitions, and programs, interacting in ways that engage the mind and enrich the spirit.
Founded
1973
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Giant
Promoting the arts in the Savannah area and the Southeast
The Telfair Museum of Art traces its history from 1886 when the Telfair family home opened to the public as an art museum and school. The Museum now boasts three diverse sites -- the original building, the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences, a National Historic Landmark building; the Owens-Thomas House, also a National Historic Landmark; and the Jepson Center for the Arts, a contemporary building which houses 20th- and 21st-century art. Over the years the Telfair has become an invaluable confluence of arts, culture and history that reaches out to its audience through a diverse schedule of exhibitions and programs.
Founded
1961
Size
Medium
Serving an audience of all ages and many interests
The purpose of the Museum of Arts and Sciences is to acquire, preserve, study, interpret, and exhibit objects of artistic, scientific, historical, or cultural value that have inherent significance to the people of Central Georgia, so as to promote a fuller understanding of humankind, its heritage and environment. Serving an audience of all ages and many interests, the Museum of Arts and Sciences is a community resource for life-long learning and enrichment. As Georgia's largest museum devoted to the arts and sciences, the Museum seeks to engage visitors, evoke wonder, stimulate curiosity, and open minds to new worlds of discovery.
Founded
1982
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Small
Home of the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame.
Founded in 1982, the mission of the Museum of Aviation is to meticulously preserve our nation's military history while growing exceptional future leaders through education and inspiration.
Founded
1983
Size
Giant
Chronicle. Examine. Provoke. Serve.
Located at the Lorraine Motel, the assassination site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the National Civil Rights Museum chronicles the American civil rights movement, examines today's global civil and human rights issues, provokes thoughtful debate and serves as a catalyst for positive change.
Founded
1988
Size
Large
Sparking imagination and inspiring discovery
The mission of The Children's Museum of Atlanta (CMA) is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. CMA has a rich history, beginning in 1988, as a virtual "Museum without Walls", providing educational programming, in collaboration with other organizations, to schools and nonprofit organizations. Since the opening of our permanent facility in 2003, CMA has established itself as a community resource in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The Museum features bright, creative, hands-on exhibits designed to spark discovery, inventive problem solving, creative thinking and artistic expression. The Museum receives 200,000 guests annually and has welcomed over 1.7 million visitors to date. Through free admission programs, subsidized field trips, camp scholarships and other outreach initiatives, we are dedicated to ensuring access to children, families and school groups regardless of their ability to pay.
Founded
1992
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Large
Changing lives through science and wonder
McWane Science Center's mission is to “change lives through science and wonder.” To accomplish this mission, McWane Science Center combines our unique assets to create unique, hands-on, science-learning experiences that parents and teachers value and kids love. This state-of-the-art museum is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman's department store building. In 1998, Discovery Place and Red Mountain Museum merged to create a stimulating interactive science museum now called McWane Science Center. Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. Explorers - from ages one to 100 - flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South's most unique venues.
Founded
1942
Size
Giant
Inspiring life-long learning of natural history
Fernbank Museum of Natural History inspires life-long learning of natural history through immersive programming and unmatched experiences to encourage a greater appreciation of our planet and its inhabitants. Located in historic Druid Hills, Fernbank's 125-acre science campus includes: Fernbank Forest, 65 acres of old-growth woodlands; WildWoods which features outdoor exhibitions and trail experiences; two Olmsted Parks, Deep Deen Park and Dellwood Park; 7 historic homes; and a world-class natural history museum that houses a Dinosaur Plaza, permanent and special exhibitions, an IMAX Theatre, Giants of the Mesozoic featuring the Giganotosaurus and Argentinosaurus, and the St. Catherines Island Collection-an internationally acclaimed assemblage of one million artifacts that spans 5,000 years of human history.
Founded
1954
Size
Giant
Always changing, always free
Founded in 1953, the Columbus Museum is one of the largest museums in the Southeast and is unique for its dual concentration on American art and regional history, displayed in both its permanent collection as well as temporary exhibitions. As an integral part of, and partner with, the Muscogee County School District since its inception, the Museum enriches its community and serves its schoolchildren through a full calendar of educational programs as well. The Museum's doors are always open with free admission to the public. These efforts combine in the Museum's mission statement to collect, preserve, research and interpret American art and regional culture for the education, enrichment and enjoyment of a broad and diverse public.
Founded
1954
Size
Giant
The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast
Founded in 1946, South Florida Museum engages and inspires learners of all ages. It protects, interprets and communicates scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world, and our universe. South Florida Museum is the largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida's Gulf Coast. The Bishop Planetarium, featuring one of the most advanced all-digital projection systems in the world, presents astronomy programs the whole family will enjoy. The Parker Manatee Aquarium, part of Florida's manatee rehabilitation network, is home to the oldest known living manatee.
Founded
1961
Size
Giant
Preserving for the future the beautiful things of the past
Founded in 1941, The Norton Museum of Art is a major cultural attraction in Florida. The Museum is internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring over 5,000 works concentrated in 19th and 20th century European and American art, Chinese art, Contemporary art and Photography. From its founding, the Norton has been famous for its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture by European artists such as Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, Miró, Monet, Picasso and by Americans such as Davis, Hassam, Hopper, Manship, O'Keeffe, Pollock and Sheeler. Expanding collections of Contemporary art and Photography are changing the face of the Norton's exhibition schedule.
Founded
1957
Size
Large
Explore, discover, together
Orlando Science Center (OSC) is one of America's top hands-on science centers where learning is always fun. Located in Orlando, Florida, interactive learning and discovery await within the center's hundreds of exhibits, programs and labs, giant screen films and planetarium shows. The science center provides educational opportunities both within and outside the center's walls, including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers and other outreach. The Science Center was incorporated in 1955 as the Central Florida Museum and opened in Orlando Loch Haven Park in 1960. The new facility opened in 1997 with four floors of exhibit space, an observatory, a giant screen domed theater for films and planetarium shows, a café, a store and much more.
Founded
1953
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Large
Enriching the cultural life of Florida
The Mission of the Orlando Museum of Art is to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas.
Founded
1959
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Medium
To open every mind to science.
South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is Palm Beach County's anchor institution for informal science education. The Center's 5,000 square foot Hall of Discovery includes a state-of-the-art planetarium, 1,000 square foot early childhood education room, multipurpose theater, and science laboratory. The 12,000 square foot Florida Exhibit Hall includes an immersive 4,000 square foot aquarium, NOAA's Science on a Sphere, and Everglades preservation kiosks. The Quantum Hall of Exploration is a 5,000 square foot travelling exhibition space, and the outdoor Forever Florida Nature Trail includes the Conservation Course, a 18-hole miniature Everglades-themed golf course, The Center is an award-winning "best in class" community-based science center offering state of the art educational programming and tech ventures based on computer coding, robotics, maker spaces and other leading edge technical educational programs which include School Science Nights, GEMS (Girls Engaged in Math and Science), Hack Shack Club, Maker Faire, Minecraft, Robotics, Makerbot, 3D printing and Xtreme Robotics.
Founded
1965
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Giant
Collection, preservation, conservation and interpretation of original and significant objects
The Museum of Arts & Sciences (MOAS) is the primary art, history and science museum in Central Florida. Located on a 90-acre Florida nature preserve, the 100,000 square foot facility is host to over 30,000 objects including the finest collection of American Art in the southeast, the largest collection of Cuban art outside of Cuba, a significant Chinese art collection, and Florida's prehistoric Giant Ground Sloth. Founded in 1955, the Museum was chartered by the State of Florida in 1962. The Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums and is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. MOAS renews over 5,000 memberships annually representing over 17,000 individuals. The Museum publishes Art & Sciences magazine quarterly along with catalogs and books specific to its permanent collections.
Founded
1979
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Giant
Providing experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science
The mission of the Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS) is to provide experiential pathways to lifelong learning in science for children and adults through exhibits, programs and films. Consisting of 85,000 square feet of interior space, the 300-seat AutoNation IMAX Theater, and an open-air grand atrium, the Museum features dynamic interactive exhibits in the natural and physical sciences and a large array of programs designed to serve diverse audiences. Originally opened in 1977 as the Discovery Center, MODS serves almost 500,000 visitors each year and is the primary destination for school field trips in Broward County. Last year, the Museum served 95,000 students on school-sponsored field trips.
Founded
1981
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Giant
Provides cultural leadership & enrichment for the public
The Vero Beach Museum of Art offers a wide range of art and humanities programs for adults, families, and children for nearly thirty years. Last year more than 20,000 individuals participated in Museum programming, from the sellout presentations of the International Lecture Series to the record-setting crowds for Children's Art Festival.
Founded
1980
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Small
A living memorial through education
The Holocaust Documentation & Education Center has a two-fold mission: To document and present an enduring, historically accurate record of the Holocaust through eyewitness accounts by Survivors, Liberators, Rescuers, and others who survived terrifying experiences, overcame fear and grief, and triumphed to live meaningful and productive lives. To teach people from all walks of life the universal lessons of the Holocaust, through thought-provoking exhibitions and insightful programming, illuminating the catastrophic ramifications of prejudice, racism, stereotyping, and bullying which tragically still occur today. This is accomplished through the cultivation of alliance and cooperation with individuals, organizations and institutions, locally, nationally, and internationally.
Founded
1981
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Giant
Educating the public through the works of Salvador Dalí
Opened in 1971, the Salvador Dalí Museum is the permanent home of the world's most comprehensive collection of the renowned Spanish artist's work. Compiled by A. Reynolds Morse and Eleanor Morse over a 45-year period, it is celebrated for its 96 oil paintings. With oils spanning from 1917 through 1970, the collection provides an excellent overview of Dalí's major themes and symbols. In addition to the 96 oil paintings, the collection includes over 100 watercolors and drawings, 1,300 graphics, photographs, sculptures and objects d'art, and an extensive archival library. Periodic rotations of the collection and special exhibitions allow museum goers to view new work on repeat visits.
Founded
1982
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Giant
Arts | Gardens | Education
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, opened in 1961, is the largest fine arts museum in northeast Florida. With more than 6,000 objects in its permanent collection, The Cummer offers art and artifacts from the ancient world as well as tapestries, porcelain, paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages through the 20th century. The Museum is home to a highly regarded collection of European masters and American impressionists, a world-renowned collection of 18th century Meissen porcelain, and more than two-and-one half acres of historic gardens along the St. Johns River. Art Connections, the Museum's nationally recognized education center, provides hands-on art experiences for visitors of all ages. The Cummer's unique blend of art, gardens, and education inspires imagination and excitement making the museum the premier cultural institution in the Southeast region.
Founded
1975
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Medium
Making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds
MOSI (Museum of Science and Industry) is a community-based institution and educational resource that is dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, industry, and technology. Originally founded as a youth museum in 1962, MOSI today is the result more than 50 years of growth and maturity reflecting both the institution and the surrounding community. The passage of time has seen MOSI change in name, location, and size. However, its general purpose, that of providing informal science education, has remained essentially unchanged. MOSI's core ideology is to make a difference in people's lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. The MOSI science center complex is the largest in the southeast and the fifth largest in the U.S.
Founded
1991
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Medium
Remember. Educate. Empower.
Opened in 1992, the Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women, and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures to recognize the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. The Museum houses the premier permanent exhibit, History, Heritage and Hope, a compelling history of individuals of strength, courage and spirit, who confronted the extremes of hatred and persecution in their homes and communities. The Museum's education department creates stimulating educational programs that engage learners through using highly developed materials on the Holocaust, human rights, and genocide studies.
Founded
1955
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Large
Minutes from the beach. Miles from conventional.
With roots back to the late 1940s, the mission of the Boca Raton Museum of Art is to enhance the appreciation and understanding of the visual arts by enriching the lives of visitors to and residents of our diverse community through the acquisition and maintenance of a permanent collection from antiquity to the present reflecting the art of world cultures, and the presentation of high quality and varied exhibitions with related educational programs and special events. The Museum further contributes to this learning process by providing hands-on instruction at its Studio School, which offers fine art, craft and interdisciplinary classes, workshops and summer camp for children.
Founded
1980
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Giant
Informing and educating the public about United States naval aviation
Founded in 1966, the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation (NAMF) is the educational and fundraising organization that supports the development of the National Naval Aviation Museum. NAMF works to foster and perpetuate the National Museum of Naval Aviation as a medium of informing and educating the public on the important role of US naval aviation, inspiring students undergoing naval flight training to complete the program and become career officers. NAMF's programs include a flight simulator, which allows visitors to experience the simulation of actual flight take-off and landing; the film project and IMAX theater, which educate the public on the important role of US naval aviation through films; and the Flight Adventure Deck, a hands on approach to teaching principles of math and science - integral components of aviation - to approximately 6,000 students in grades 7-12.
Founded
1935
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Giant
Bringing great art and people together
Established in 1927, the Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's oldest and largest art museum with over 12,000 pieces in its permanent collection. Its extensive collection spans 6,000 years, ranging from ancient Egyptian to contemporary art, including 17th century Dutch and Flemish painting; 18th century French art; Renaissance and Baroque tapestries; contemporary American painting and sculpture; African and Native American works and paintings; and sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts by Kentucky artists. The Speed has brought major exhibitions of photography, painting, design, and sculpture to the region to help fulfill its ambitious mission: bringing great art and people together. The museum serves more than 180,000 visitors annually.
Founded
1969
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Medium
The place where creativity grows
The Living Arts & Science Center provides creative and unique opportunities for exploration and education in the arts and sciences, and has for over 47 years. Since the humble beginnings in 1968 many dedicated teachers and volunteers have made the LASC a trusted creative resource and a stimulating force that makes Central Kentucky a better place. With the opening of our new 11,000 square foot addition in the spring of 2016, the Living Arts & Science Center envisions an environment that transparently and organically represents the arts and sciences not only through the programs that take place within but through the very structure itself.
Founded
1981
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Medium
Promoting and supporting art and craft excellence in Kentucky
The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) was founded in 1981 to promote and support art and craft excellence in Kentucky. Each year, programs benefit over 90,000 children and adults from Louisville and beyond. We have had visitors from every state and six continents. The Education Center also provides special needs workshops, summer art camps, community center programs, school partnership workshops, Girl Scout workshops, child, teen and adult workshops, and craft artist demonstrations. Kentucky, regional and national artists are featured in over 12 exhibitions per year and a Permanent Collection Gallery. Hundreds of Kentucky artists are represented in the Gallery Shop.
Founded
1998
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Giant
Be great. Do great things.
The Muhammad Ali Center is a multicultural center with an award-winning museum dedicated to the life of Muhammad Ali. The Center museum captures the inspiration derived from the story of Muhammad Ali's incredible life and the six core principles that have fueled his journey. The mission of the Muhammad Ali Center is to preserve and share the legacy and ideals of Muhammad Ali, to promote respect, hope, and understanding, and to inspire adults and children everywhere to be as great as they can be.
Founded
1988
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Giant
Fostering an appreciation for and understanding of fine arts.
The Hunter Museum of American Art's mission is to engage our diverse audiences in active dialogues about the importance, meaning, and relevance of American Art. This is done through preservation, growth and interpretation of its exemplary collection; challenging, wide-ranging, and interactive exhibitions; and compelling and innovative educational programs. The Hunter Museum of American Art seeks to provide an exciting, thought-provoking and enjoyable museum experience with a commitment to inclusion, diversity, and openness.
Founded
1962
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Giant
Sweeping Vistas. Botanical Gardens. Museum of Art.
MISSIONTo preserve Cheekwood as an historical landmark where beauty and excellence in art and horticulture stimulate the mind and nurture the spirit.VISIONCheekwood will be a nationally recognized destination renowned for its distinctive beauty, historical significance, and excellence in art and horticulture.VALUES- Celebration of Beauty that nurtures the spirit- Historical Preservation that pays tribute to the past- Education that stimulates the mind- Financial Responsibility in stewarding our resources- Creativity that ensures we are dynamic and innovative- Collaboration that embraces our community- Excellence as our standard of operation in all areas
Founded
1964
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Giant
Identifying and preserving the evolving history and traditions of country music
Founded in 1963, the Country Music Foundation (CMF) operates the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which opened in 1967. The mission of the CMF is to identify and preserve the evolving history and traditions of country music and to educate its audiences. Functioning as a local history museum and as an international arts organization, the CMF serves visiting and non-visiting audiences including fans, students, scholars, members of the music industry, and the general public - in the Nashville area, the nation, and the world. The Museum's operations also include educational programs, CMF Press and CMF Records, the Country Music Foundation Library, and the historic sites RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print.
Founded
1975
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Medium
A fine arts museum and public gardens providing meaningful cultural experiences
Founded in 1976 by Hugo and Margaret Dixon, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens is a fine art museum and public garden distinguished by its diverse and innovative programs in the arts and horticulture. The Dixon features a permanent collection of over 2,000 objects, including French and American Impressionist paintings and significant holdings of German and English porcelain. The museum organizes and presents eight to ten exhibitions every year, the diversity of which appeals to visitors of all ages. The Dixon's 17 acre campus is highly regarded public garden that includes formal spaces, woodland tracts, and cutting gardens. The Dixon is accredited by the American Association Museums, is designated as a Level IV Arboretum, and is a member of the American Public Gardens Association and Botanical Gardens Conservation International. Free admission is provided to all visitors on Saturday mornings until noon.
Founded
1988
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Large
The place where play IS learning!
Founded in 1987, The Children's Museum of Memphis creates memorable learning experiences through the joy of play in hands-on exhibits and programs. The Museum's core values are the intersection of play and hands-on learning; a positive impact on the community; a positive family experience; a complement to classroom education; inclusiveness; excellent customer service; nurturing appropriate partnerships in the community; and following the best practices of the children's museum field.
Founded
1966
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Medium
Transforming lives through the power of Art
Founded in 1989, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the American South and houses an outstanding collection of art dating from antiquity to the present. The Brooks is dedicated to enriching the lives of our visitors through the museum's expanding collection, varied exhibitions, and dynamic programs. The museum provides visitors the opportunity to learn about the visual arts through diverse traveling exhibitions and thought-provoking in-house exhibitions. Nearly 20,000 children participate in free school tours that include hands-on art activities, which enable students to make crucial connections between what they see and what they create.
Founded
1990
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Tiny
Fostering understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement
The Huntsville Museum of Art is North Alabama's leading visual arts center. The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement. The mission of the Museum is to bring people and art together through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the highest quality works of art. The Museum's own permanent collection is comprised of over 3,000 objects and also forms the basis for several exhibitions each year. In addition, the Museum offers reception areas on the gallery level and in the Great Hall for weddings, meetings and other events.
Founded
2004
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Giant
Ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in all children
The mission of Mississippi Children's Museum is to provide unparalleled experiences that ignite a thirst for discovery, knowledge, and learning in all children. The museum accomplishes this mission through hands-on and engaging exhibits and programs focusing on literacy, the arts, science, health and nutrition - the keys to helping our children mature into healthy and productive adult learners. We want to inspire Mississippi's children from all backgrounds to discover and achieve their potential. We are invested in our state's greatest resource, its children.
Founded
1984
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Large
Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.
The mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is to ignite and advance creative thinking for all children. The BADM operates a physical campus at Fort Baker, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in Sausalito, California. In 2011, the BADM launched the Center for Childhood Creativity as its research and advisory division.Creativity is the foundation of all other milestones in educational development. The BADM is transforming the outcomes for children and the implications for society. At its one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, BADM facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, designed to ignite creativity, STEM skills and critical thinking. BADM has a robust school visits program (over 8,500 school children visit annually), camps & classes and operates a licensed preschool. We welcome approx. 300,000 visitors a year and approx. 56,700 visitors receive discounted or free admission.
Founded
1995
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Giant
Human. Nature.
Turtle Bay Exploration Park is a 300-acre gathering place featuring the Sundial Bridge, a museum, forestry & wildlife center, arboretum and botanical gardens. The mission of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park is to inspire wonder, exploration and appreciation of our world.
Founded
1978
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Large
To ignite a passion
The Museum of Discovery's mission is to ignite a passion for science, technology, and math in a dynamic, interactive environment. The museum was originally accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1993 and was re-accredited in 2001. During the period between its founding and its accreditation, the museum actively collected approximately 14,000 cultural and historical artifacts and numerous species of live animals and insects. In the 1970s, in-museum and outreach programs were developed, utilizing both the collections and the museum's exhibits.
Founded
1982
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Large
Hands-on participatory learning for children of all ages
The Louisiana Children's Museum promotes hands-on participatory learning for children of all ages. Encouraging discovery through observation, inquiry, creative construction, role-playing, problem-solving and free play, the Museum motivates children to develop their cognitive, physical and social skills while enjoying fruitful interaction with adults and peers. Since opening its doors in 1986, the Louisiana Children's Museum has been one of the city's premier attractions for children. We welcome 147,000 visitors per year, engaging children, families, caregivers, and school groups in memorable interactive experiences designed to make learning fun.
Founded
1989
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Medium
Louisiana's science center
Sci-Port provides a fun, educational environment for people of all ages to explore and actively engage in the world of mathematics, science and technology. Sci-Port serves to spark curiosity about the world around us, provides hands-on tools for using scientific discovery in everyday life, and encourages a passion for life-long learning. Since opening the permanent site in 1998, Sci-Port's programs have served over two million people from throughout the United States. Today, Sci-Port actively engages people of all ages to explore the worlds of science, space science, technology and math through school and public workshops, teacher development workshops, camp-ins, birthday party programs, after-hours events, guest program presenters and summer camps. In addition, Sci-Port offers regularly changing IMAX films, exhibitions and public events.
Founded
1992
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Giant
Experience the Victory
The National World War II Museum tells the story of the American Experience in the war that changed the world - why it was fought, how it was won, and what it means today - so that all generations will understand the price of freedom and be inspired by what they learn. Dedicated in 2000 as The National D-Day Museum and now designated by Congress as the country's official museum of the Second World War, it celebrates the American Spirit, the teamwork, optimism, courage and sacrifice of the men and women fought on the battlefront and the Home Front. The Museum has begun a $300 million expansion that, when complete, will create a six-acre campus of exhibition pavilions, the 4-D Victory Theater, Stage Door Canteen and a research and conference center in downtown New Orleans.
Founded
1963
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Giant
Exhibiting, interpreting, and conserving works of art from ancient to modern times
The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) is the largest art museum in the Gulf South region, with a mission to inspire the love of art; to collect, preserve, exhibit and present excellence in the visual arts; and to educate, challenge and engage a diverse public. Founded in 1910, NOMA expanded in 1970, and again in 1993 to its current size of 130,750 square feet. The museum's permanent collection, which encompasses almost 40,000 objects spanning over 5,000 years, is noted for its strengths in French and American art, photography, and decorative arts, as well as its African, Japanese, and Louisiana collections. In 2003, the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden opened on a five-acre site adjacent to the museum. Home to over 60 sculptures by 20th- and 21st-century artists, the garden invites visitors to explore meandering footpaths, 150-year-old live oaks, and many other indigenous plants.
Founded
1946
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Giant
Fostering appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts
For nearly a century, the Oklahoma City Art Museum has actively pursued its mission of fostering appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts through exhibition, education, collection and preservation. Serving the central Oklahoma community as well as the entire state, the Museum fills a need for public arts education and is a leader in innovative, contemporary programming.
Founded
1984
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Giant
Take in the beauty of Philbrook
Founded in 1938, the Philbrook Museum of Art is dedicated to enriching Tulsa's cultural atmosphere by providing our community, state and region with a fine arts outlet in which they may discover, learn and participate with art as part of a multi-sensory experience. The vision first made possible by Waite and Genevieve Phillips is now one of America's finest art museums. The integrity of the original residence remains intact while later additions to the facility and gardens complete this classic Tulsa attraction. From breathtaking gardens to captivating architecture and fine dining, the Philbrook offers an array of opportunities. Our many classes and public programs offer a unique opportunity to develop a better understanding and appreciation of art for patrons of all ages.
Founded
1960
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Giant
Enriching people's lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science
Founded in 1958, Science Museum Oklahoma enriches people's lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science. Every year we inspire more than 500,000 people to explore, learn and play. Whether it's helping teachers bring science alive in their classrooms or creating opportunities for families to learn together, Science Museum Oklahoma is dedicated to transforming how people learn about science.
Founded
1986
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Small
Experience Wright now
Price Tower Arts Center offers a one-of-a-kind experience: outstanding collections and exhibitions of art, architecture and design, high design hotel accommodations and exclusive shopping within a structure considered to be one of the great buildings of the 20th century. Frank Lloyd Wright's Price Tower was his pioneering experiment in the multi-use skyscraper: a tall, slim, richly detailed structure whose purpose was to combine business offices, retail and apartments. Today, Price Tower Arts Center continues to follow Wright's original design intent by offering a variety of opportunities for guests to learn from and interact with one of the master's greatest achievements.
Founded
1948
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Giant
Preserving and advancing knowledge of natural science
The mission of the Houston Museum of Natural Science shall be to preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science, to enhance in individuals the knowledge of and delight in natural science and related subjects, and to maintain and promote a museum of the first class. The Museum is a major science learning center with over a half million school children visiting annually, including every fourth grade and seventh grade class in the Houston Independent School District.
Founded
1949
Size
Large
Always Fresh. Always Free.
Founded in 1948, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH) is a leading destination to experience innovative art. CAMH actively encourages public engagement with its exhibitions through its educational programs, publications, and online presence. Through dynamic exhibitions accompanied by scholarly publications and accessible educational programs, CAMH reaches out to local, regional, national, and international audiences of various ages.
Founded
1956
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Giant
Excellence through collection, exhibition, preservation, conservation, and education
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), founded in 1900, is the largest art museum in America south of Chicago, west of Washington, D.C., and east of Los Angeles. The collection contains more than 68,000 artworks, which date from antiquity to the present. There are two major museum buildings, the Caroline Wiess Law Building and the Audrey Jones Beck Building; two facilities for the Glassell School of Art, the Studio School for Adults and the Glassell Junior School; two house museums that exhibit decorative arts, Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Rienzi; and the Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden. In concert with Steven Holl Architects, the Museum is developing plans to create a new building for 20th- and 21st-century art and a new facility for the Glassell School of Art; those structures will link to the existing gallery buildings and sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi, establishing a 14-acre public campus in the heart of Houston's Museum District.
Founded
1951
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Giant
Step into a masterpiece. Experience a treasure.
For more than half a century, the McNay has entranced visitors with its superb collection of modern masterworks and beautiful architecture. First opening to the public in 1954, the McNay has become one of the most distinctive museums of modern art in the nation, nearly doubling in size in 2008 with the opening of the Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions. Since opening five decades ago, the McNay Art Museum continues to build on an already strong collection of 19th- and 20th-century European and American paintings and sculpture by significant artists ranging from Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, to Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, John Sloan, and Marsden Hartley.
Founded
1963
Size
Giant
Developing and educating a broad audience for the visual arts in Austin
Established in 1961 as Laguna Gloria Art Museum, the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) is dedicated to developing and educating a broad audience for the visual arts in Austin, focusing primarily on 20th-century and contemporary art. AMOA presents and originates a broad range of exhibitions designed to appeal to a general audience as well as occasional shows of more challenging work. Lively interpretative programming emphasizes interdisciplinary connections between the visual arts and other art forms and creates connections to our lives today. With two locations to welcome our city and its visitors, AMOA presents an array of art experiences in the fun, informal, and collaborative spirit of Austin. As a community-oriented museum, we reflect the character and vibrancy of our city.
Founded
1964
Size
Large
Supporting the mission of the National Museum of the Pacific War
In an agreement with the Texas Historical Commission, the Admiral Nimitz Foundation manages and provides financial support to the National Museum of the Pacific War in order to:
Founded
1982
Size
Giant
A playground for your mind
The Children's Museum of Houston is the highest-attended youth museum in the country for its size and is dedicated to its mission of transforming communities through innovative, child-centered learning. Housed in a whimsical building designed by internationally acclaimed architect Robert Venturi, the Children's Museum of Houston offers a multitude of exhibits bursting with action-packed fun that engage kids in the ultimate learning experience. The Museum was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents who hoped to elevate early childhood development to a community-wide priority. Since then, the Museum has grown to serve more than 750,000 people annually, focusing on bilingual (Spanish/English) learning programs for kids ages birth to 12 years and workshops in literacy, science, math, health, engineering, civic engagement, culture and social studies.
Founded
1985
Size
Large
A contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald Judd.
Founded in 1979, The Chinati Foundation/La Fundación Chinati is a contemporary art museum based upon the ideas of its founder, Donald Judd. The specific intention of Chinati is to preserve and present to the public permanent large-scale installations by a limited number of artists. The emphasis is on works in which art and the surrounding landscape are inextricably linked.
Founded
1986
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Giant
Nature Speaking
The National Museum of Wildlife Art opened to the public in 1987 and moved to its current facility in 1994. Our mission is to collect, display, interpret, and preserve the highest quality North American wildlife art, supplemented by wildlife art found throughout the world. The 51,000-square-foot state-of-the-art building allows for expanded exhibition space, museum programs and educational programming, and is comprised of 14 exhibition galleries, an interactive gallery for children, a conference room, two full-size classrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. The Museum's permanent and temporary exhibitions are augmented with innovative educational and scholarly programs emphasizing art appreciation, art history, natural science, creative writing, and American history. The Museum is an important educational center and meeting place for the Jackson Hole region.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
Expand your mind. Engage your world.
Combining science with history and culture, the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery (FCMoD) connects you to a deeper understanding of your world and your place in it, from our local community to the global community beyond. FCMoD is a place where people can come together for shared events and experiences, a place for building community while providing inspiration and insight. This is the vision of the FCMoD, to create meaningful opportunities for people of all ages to learn, reflect, and have fun through hands-on and collections-based explorations in science and culture.
Founded
1993
Size
Giant
Through Joyful Learning and Discovery, we grow minds, connect families and transform communities.
As a premier educational resource we develop innovative thinkers capable of meeting the challenges of the 21st century.
Founded
1994
Size
Giant
Collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting significant works of art
The mission of the San Antonio Museum of Art (SAMA) is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art representing a broad range of history and world cultures. In accordance with the highest professional standards, the Museum holds these collections for the benefit of the community and future generations. It is SAMA's responsibility to educate and engage diverse audiences, provide transformational experiences, strengthen our shared understanding of humanity and encourage a sense of wonder and discovery. The Museum conducts more than 500 guided tours annually and provides approximately 200 educational programs each year. Programs include lectures, concerts, films, children's workshops, scholarly symposia, family art activities and special exhibitions.
Founded
1968
Size
Giant
Promoting understanding and appreciation of the human body, mind and spirit
The John P. McGovern Museum of Health & Medical Science, also known as The Health Museum, is Houston's most interactive science learning center and a member institution of the world-renowned Texas Medical Center. Located in the heart of the city's rich and varied Museum District, The Health Museum encourages growing interest and regard for healthier lifestyles, fitness and good physical, mental and spiritual health. Committed to excellence in innovative and interactive health and science educational experiences, the Museum treasures Houston's diverse population and welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. In addition to our permanent exhibits, other attractions include the McGovern 4D Theater, the Sue Trammell Whitfield Gallery for limited-engagement exhibits, and learning centers.
Founded
1940
Size
Giant
Collecting, preserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) Museum collects, preserves, presents, and interprets works of art of the highest quality from diverse cultures and many centuries, including that of our own time. We champion the power of art, embracing our responsibility to engage and educate our community, to contribute to cultural knowledge, and to advance creative endeavor. DMA features an outstanding collection of more than 23,000 works of art from around the world, from ancient to modern times.
Founded
1986
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Giant
We are dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred, and indifference.
Founded in 1984, the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance is dedicated to teaching the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference. Located in Dallas' Historic West End, the Museum hosts more than 70,500 visitors in 2015, among them 34,000 school children. A top-rated attraction in North Texas, the Museum is one of just a few Holocaust-related museums or centers in the United States and the only Holocaust museum serving North Central Texas, as well as the adjacent states of Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Museum has been recognized for its compelling and creative programming, internationally recognized exhibits, and world-class speakers. North Texas is home to about 125 survivors, refugees and hidden children from the Holocaust. Dedicated members and volunteers throughout the region and the state generously support the Museum every year.
Founded
1951
Size
Large
The largest history museum in Texas
Founded in 1921, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is the largest history museum in Texas. The Museum works to collect, preserve, conserve, exhibit and interpret the historical, ethnological, cultural, and scientific heritage of the Panhandle-Plains region of Texas and related areas of the Southwest; to operate and maintain the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Texas A&M University Board of Regents; to enlist interest and support in achieving the mission; and to undertake other related activities. Approximately 100,000 guests visit the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum each year. On the campus of what is now West Texas A&M University, the Museum has more than three million artifacts, ranging from the Comanche Chief Quanah Parker's eagle feather headdress to collections of historic New Mexico and Texas art.
Founded
1968
Size
Giant
Inspiring minds through nature and science
Founded in 1968, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science exposes our children to a world of ideas and concepts in science, math and technology, all within one spectacular location. By offering hands-on ways to learn about scientific evidence, mathematical concepts and natural history, the Museum will profoundly affect what and how our kids experience science and nature. Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and education through interactive exhibits, multimedia presentations and vivid contextual displays.
Founded
1968
Size
Giant
Explorations Innovations Legends
Founded in 1975, the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum tells the story of petroleum and the rugged lives of men and women who sought a better life. What started as a community dream has, over time, become the nation's largest museum dedicated to the petroleum industry and its pioneers. It shares the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our daily lives through educational programs, interactive exhibits, an archives center and its Petroleum Hall of Fame. The mission of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum is to share the petroleum and energy story and its impact on our lives.
Founded
1987
Size
Large
Restoring, preserving, and displaying our aviation heritage
Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) began as a private aircraft collection in June 1985. The mission of the LSFM is to promote and encourage the study of the science of aviation; acquire, restore to flying condition, maintain, operate, and display historically significant vintage aircraft; honor and recognize Texas aviation events; increase public understanding, appreciation and awareness of the role of Texans in the advancement of aviation; and preserve, protect and present Texas' aviation heritage for future generations. Today LSFM displays over 40 historically significant aircraft and over 1500 artifacts that demonstrate the quantum leap in technology - from gliders to space - over the past century. LSFM's flying collection of award winning aircraft annually logs more than 40,000 cross-country air miles to participate in flying displays and air shows.
Founded
1991
Size
Large
Stop Hate. Starting Here.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the six million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, we teach the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy. Charged with educating students and the public, Holocaust Museum Houston opened its doors in March of 1996. Since that time, impassioned notes, poems, artwork and other gifts from school children and adults alike attest to the life-changing thoughts generated by even one visit to this unique facility. Admission Rates: Members FREE Children under age 6 FREE Students age 6-18 FREE College-level with valid school ID FREE Seniors age 65+ $8 Active-Duty Military $8 General Admission $12 Holocaust Museum Houston is free each Thursday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on special holidays.
Founded
1984
Size
Medium
Telling the story of John Steinbeck's rich legacy
The mission of the National Steinbeck Center is to tell the story of John Steinbeck's rich legacy and to present, create and explore stories of the human condition. Located in John Steinbeck's hometown of Salinas, the Center offers three distinct visitor experiences in literature and history, agriculture and art, as well special events and educational programs. In the John Steinbeck Exhibition Hall, literature jumps off the printed page and into your imagination. Discover Steinbeck's world through interactive, multisensory exhibits for all ages, rare artifacts, and seven themed theaters showcasing East of Eden, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath and much more. Explore the stories of the Salinas Valley from field to fork in the Rabobank Agriculture Museum, and enjoy changing art and cultural exhibits in the our multiple gallery spaces.
Founded
1999
Size
Giant
Where computing history lives
The mission of the Computer History Museum is to preserve and present for posterity the artifacts and stories of the information age. As such, the Museum plays a unique role in the history of the computing revolution. Formally established in 1999, the Museum is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of computing history. We are home to one of the largest international collections of computing artifacts in the world, encompassing physical objects, ephemera, photographs, moving images, documents and software. The Museum's vision is to explore the computing revolution and its impact on the human experience.
Founded
2000
Size
Tiny
Provoking new ideas, sparking experimentation, and seeding creative strategies today.
ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley arts organization. We connect creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas that shape a more resilient future. Working with some of the most fertile and creative minds from the worlds of art, science, design, architecture, and technology, ZERO1 produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology and the ZERO1 Fellowship program where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges.
Founded
1954
Size
Large
Collect, preserve, research, interpret, and educate on the art and life of Charles M. Russell
The mission of the C.M. Russell Museum is to collect, preserve, research, interpret, and educate on the art and life of Charles M. Russell; the art and life of his contemporaries; and the art of preceding and ensuing generations that depicts and focuses on the culture, life, and country of Russell's West. The C.M. Russell Museum is one of the nation's finest museums of American Western art and the home of the most complete collection of Russell art and memorabilia in the world.
Founded
1965
Size
Large
To become an extraordinary cultural destination for creative exchange and growth
The Yellowstone Art Museum exhibits, interprets, collects, and preserves art, with an emphasis on Montana and surrounding regions, for the enrichment, education, inspiration, and enjoyment of all. We value ART. We value imagination and the passionate education of enthusiastic and curious minds of all ages. We value a diverse community that cherishes its memories and aspires to an exceptional future. We value a place to live that is enhanced through engaging art of uncompromising quality.
Founded
1939
Size
Giant
The voice of the American West
Founded in 1917 as the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) is a museum that educates the public by advancing knowledge about the American West through acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, and interpreting collections. Founded to preserve the legacy and vision of Colonel William F. Cody, the BBHC is the oldest and most comprehensive museum of the West; over the years it has become much more than a monument to the life and times of Buffalo Bill. The BBHC is comprised of five museums and a research library: the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, the Draper Museum of Natural History, and the Harold McCracken Research Library.
Founded
1939
Size
Giant
The Rocky Mountain region's leading resource for informal science education
The Rocky Mountain region's leading resource for informal science education, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science inspires curiosity and excites minds of all ages through scientific discovery and the presentation and preservation of the world's unique treasures. The Museum's vision is to create a community of critical thinkers who understand the lessons of the past and act as responsible stewards of the future. Accredited by the American Association of Museums, The Denver Museum of Nature & Science has expertise and provides programming in six main areas: anthropology, geology, health science, paleontology, space science, and zoology. A variety of exhibitions, programs, and activities help Museum visitors experience the natural wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe.
Founded
1974
Size
Giant
Championing the wonder and joy of childhood
The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus works to open doors for our future leaders, innovators, and adventurers to explore, create and learn on their own terms. Our target ages are newborn through eight years old, but everyone can have a good time at the Museum! Our exhibits are hands-on, interactive and totally one-of-a-kind. Last year we served more than 359,000 children and their grown-ups. Our mission is to create extraordinary experiences that champion the wonder and joy of childhood.
Founded
1978
Size
Giant
Directly ahead
The Aspen Art Museum is a globally preeminent non-collecting institution that presents the newest, most important evolutions in international contemporary art. Our innovative and timely exhibitions, education and public programs, immersive activities, and community happenings actively engage audiences in thought-provoking experiences of art, culture, and society.
Founded
1989
Size
Large
Always Up to Something
The mission of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is to educate and inspire people of all ages about aviation and space endeavors of the past, present and future. Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum is a public museum that displays numerous aircraft and other air and space collections. The Museum's Primary exempt purpose is to enhance, preserve, and exhibit the heritage of military, civil, and commercial aviation and space-age involvement in the state of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region while educating and inspiring people of all ages about aviation and Space Endeavors in the past, Present, and Future. The Collection housed by the museum includes aircrafts from the earliest days of flight to the space age. An interactive education program challenges youth to explore the adventure of flight. Wings over the Rockies was designated as Colorado's Official Air and Space Museum by the Colorado State Legislature in 1996.
Founded
1997
Size
Large
Explores the art and culture of our time

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver (MCA Denver) explores the art and culture of our time through rotating exhibitions and public educational programs. Featuring regional, national and international artists, MCA Denver offers a wide range of exhibitions promoting creative experimentation with art and ideas. Through adult and youth education programs and other creative events, the museum serves as an innovative forum for a culturally engaged community.

Founded
1935
Size
Giant
Building and enhancing the public's awareness of and appreciation for the visual and related arts
Since its beginnings in the 1890s as the Denver Artists' Club, the Denver Art Museum has had a number of temporary homes. The museum opened its own galleries in 1949, and a center for children's art activities was added in the early 1950s. In 1971, we opened what's now known as the North Building. Our most recent expansion opened in October 2006. Today, the 356,000-square-foot museum complex includes collection gallery space, three temporary exhibition venues, and the Lewis I. Sharp Auditorium. In addition to our art collections, the Denver Art Museum is internationally recognized for our family-friendly environment, and has received critical acclaim for encouraging art appreciation through interactive activities.