When it comes to exploring the United States, one destination that you shouldn’t miss are its museums. Spend hours learning about the country and the world’s rich history and be in awe of the majestic natural wonders found in these museums. So get your gear ready and explore the many museums of North America.
1. American Museum of Natural History
Located in Manhattan, New York City, the American Museum of Natural History is one of the biggest in the world. Featuring everything from dinosaurs to the human body and even to the outer space, a tour in this museum is sure to be unforgettable. Permanent exhibitions include the Biodiversity and Environmental Halls, the Birds and Reptiles and Amphibians Halls, Earth and Planetary Sciences Halls, the Fossil Halls, Mammal Halls, Human Origins and Cultural Halls, Theodore Roosevelt Memorial, and the Rose Center for Earth and Space, among others.
Current highlights are the following:
• Dinosaurs Among Us: Close examination of the extinct glorious dinosaurs that once walked the earth
Schedule: March 16, 2016 – January 2, 2017
• The Titanosaur: A 122-foot long dinosaur that was recently discovered, the cast of this nameless giant is sticking around until 2020.
Schedule: January 15, 2016 – January 1, 2020
2. Metropolitan Museum of Art
Another gem that is located in New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, known to many as The Met, is the largest art museum in the United States. It houses over two million works of arts, categorized into seventeen departments. Part of its collections are Ancient Art, Drawings and Prints, Medieval Art and the Cloisters, Greek and Roman Art, European Paints and Sculptures, the Costume Institute, Modern and Contemporary Art, as well as Musical Instruments and Photographs. Works of Goya, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, and more artists are also housed here.
3. Museum of Science and Industry
For about all things that work together, visit the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois. With over 400,000 square feet of exhibit, there surely won’t be a dull moment here. From traditional machineries to AI and robotics, it’s all present here.
Included in the exhibits are the Brick by Brick, a Lego structure with giant buildings and challenges; the Coal Mine where guests can take a ride in the rails and learn about coal mining; the National Park Adventure which is an interactive exploration of the off-trail destinations in America’s outdoors; a tour through the U-505 Submarine; the Dream It Design It Fab It tour for manufacturing and designing products; and the Flight and Ride Simulators for a breathtaking interactive experience of controlling aircrafts up in the sky.
4. The Smithsonian Institute
Arguably one of the most popular museums in the United States, the Smithsonian Institute is located in Washington, DC. It is the largest museum and research complex in the world, featuring tons of exhibitions, museum complexes, a zoo, as well as research and cultural centers. Some of its art galleries and museums include Natural History Museum, Air and Space Museum, Freer Gallery of Art, Portrait Gallery, American History Museum, and the Arts and Industries Building. For its National Zoological Park, the facility houses over 2,000 animals such as Asian Elephants, Giant Pandas, Sumatran Tigers, Cheetahs, Eagles, and more.
These are just some of the several impressive museums in the United States. Be sure to visit them all once you get the chance!