Nothing can compare to the site of a beautiful painting, sculpture or photograph. What better place to enjoy any of these than some of the amazing museums around the United States. To see a Picasso up close is a chance to behold obscure beauty at its finest or to see the subdued visions of Ansel Adams in a monochromatic photograph is to allow the eyes to behold a simple pleasure.
Many believe that the best Museums are located outside of the United States, for instance the Louvre in Paris, France is one of the most famous museums in the world. It is known as the home of the Mona Lisa and the safe haven of many famous paintings. But contrary to popular believe some of the best museums are here in America. Let’s take a look at some of them and what makes them special.
1. The Guggenheim. This amazing museum is located on the Upper Eastside of Manhattan, NY. It is the home of some of the greatest collections of Modern, Contemporary, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in the world. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheim is one of the most important Landmarks of the 20th Century. Some of its most important works are by artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Eduoard Manet, and 32 works by Pablo Picasso. For anyone that loves art this is one museum you must visit in your lifetime.
2. The National Gallery of Art. This museum was created in 1937 and is located in Washington, DC. It is known for the high quality of art collections housed within its walls. This museum has a rich heritage started by Andrew Mellon who donated many painting and sculptures in the hope of getting others to do the same. The only Leonardo Di Vinci painting in the US, Ginevra de' Benci as well as Claude Monet’s The Artist’s Garden at Vétheuil. They also own important works by Rembrandt and Giovanni Bellini just to name a few. Go and see all that this amazing museum has to offer, you will be pleasantly surprised.
3. The Museum of Glass. This beautiful museum is in Tacoma, Washington. The museum opened its door on 6 July 2002. The first thing you will notice is the amazing architecture of the building itself. The 90 foot stainless steel cone stands against the backdrop as a beacon to all glass artists. Some of their glass collections include Cappy Thompson’s Gathering the light, 20 and 21st Century glass collections, Children’s glass collections as well as exhibitions including “The Glass Art” of Paul Stankard. For a truly unique museum experience this is a must see.
4. De Young Museum. This state of the art museum is located in San Francisco, California. The museum was founded in 1895 and was visited for over 100 years. In 2005 the museum relocated to the new facility which integrated natural landscape, art and architecture. The museum showcases priceless collections of textile art, art of Africa, the Americas, Oceania and American art from the 17th to the 20th centuries. This impressive show place is one of the places that should be on your bucket list.
5. High Museum of Art. This museum is the leading museum in the southeastern United States and is located in Atlanta, Ga. This museum was founded in 1905 as the Atlanta Art Association. This museum has over 12,000 works of art in its permanent collection. Some of the featured artists of their permanent collection include works by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Claude Monet, Martin Johnson Heade, Dorothea Lange, and Clarence John Laughlin. This museum is a part of what makes the southern culture great.
If you love museums and you would like to see some of the best that the United States has to offer; pack your bags, gas up the car and enjoy these fabulous museums.