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Best Art Museum: Booth Western Art Museum

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Winning museum celebrates the art of the American West

North America is home to some of the world’s most impressive art museums showcasing some of the most comprehensive collections and most famous works of art. Whether you’re interested in the masters or the best of contemporary American art, you’ll find it at one of these museums from coast to coast.

  • Booth Western Art Museum

    Booth Western Art Museum
    Cartersville, Ga.

    The Booth Western Art Museum maintains the world’s largest permanent exhibition space for Western art – the building itself was designed to resemble a pueblo. The collection of paintings, sculpture, artifacts and photography focus on themes of the Civil War and American West, with works by American legends like Frederic Remington, Charles Russell and Andy Warhol.
    Photo courtesy of Booth Western Art Museum

  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
    Bentonville, Ark.

    The free Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art celebrates the American spirit through its collection of five centuries worth of American art. Pieces span history from the Colonial period to the modern day, and include masterworks by Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe.
    Photo courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

  • Detroit Institute of Arts

    Detroit Institute of Arts
    Detroit

    Housed within a Beaux-Arts building, the Detroit Institute of Arts maintains a collection of some 65,000 works – among the largest and most comprehensive in the United States. Visitors can explore human creativity from across the globe as they explore more than 100 galleries, including the Center for African American Art, one of the first collections devoted to African American art at a major museum.
    Photo courtesy of Detroit Institute of Arts

  • Nevada Museum of Art

    Nevada Museum of Art
    Reno

    The award-winning Nevada Museum of Art, situated just south of downtown Reno, displays a permanent collection of 2,000 pieces divided into four themed sections, Altered Landscape Photography, Art of the Greater West, Contemporary Art and The Work Ethic. The outdoor grounds of the museum house several pieces from the Burning Man festival.
    Photo courtesy of Bill Timmerman, courtesy of the Nevada Museum of Art

  • Kimbell Art Museum

    Kimbell Art Museum
    Fort Worth

    Housed in a 1972 masterpiece by famed architect Louis Kahn, the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth showcases a small collection – fewer than 350 pieces – of exceptional quality representing the period from antiquity to the 20th century. Highlights include works by Michelangelo, El Greco, Cézanne and Matisse, and many consider the building itself to be a work of art.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Fort Worth

  • Art Institute of Chicago

    Art Institute of Chicago
    Chicago

    A highlight of any trip to the Windy City, the Art Institute of Chicago maintains one of the most extensive art collections in the world. Entertaining exhibits and galleries include the Throne Miniature Room and the Elizabeth Morse Touch Gallery, where visitors are encouraged to interact with the art pieces.
    Photo courtesy of Art Institute of Chicago

  • Chihuly Garden and Glass

    Chihuly Garden and Glass
    Seattle

    This 1.5-acre museum and garden complex beneath the shadow of Seattle’s Space needle showcases the colorful works of American glass artist Dale Chihuly. The whimsical glass sculptures are divided among eight galleries, in addition to the impressive Glasshouse, home to a 100-foot-long installation featuring 1,340 individual pieces.
    Photo courtesy of Lydia Schrandt

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    New York

    New York's famed Metropolitan Museum of Art, or the Met for short, presents 5,000 years of art from all corners of the globe. The half-a-million-piece collection is displayed within the main museum on 5th Avenue, as well as in the spectacular Met Cloisters in Fort Tryon Park.
    Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art

    Los Angeles County Museum of Art
    Los Angeles

    The largest art museum in the western United States maintains a collection of more than 142,000 objects spanning 6,000 years of art history. Highlights include the Gilbert Collection of decorative arts, the Contemporary Art of the Middle East collection and the Boone Children’s Gallery. The museum plans to open a new building for its permanent collection in 2024.
    Photo courtesy of Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    Houston

    The collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston encompasses some 70,000 works of art from around the world, dating from antiquity to the present. The vast collection is displayed across 300,000 square feet of gallery space, with a particularly strong showing of Renaissance, 18th century and modernist art.
    Photo courtesy of Robb Williamson; Courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

  • Booth Western Art Museum
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Detroit Institute of Arts
  • Nevada Museum of Art
  • Kimbell Art Museum
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Chihuly Garden and Glass
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The top 10 winners in the category Best Art Museum are as follows:

  1. Booth Western Art Museum - Cartersville, Ga.
  2. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art - Bentonville, Ark.
  3. Detroit Institute of Arts - Detroit
  4. Nevada Museum of Art - Reno
  5. Kimbell Art Museum - Fort Worth
  6. Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago
  7. Chihuly Garden and Glass - Seattle
  8. The Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York
  9. Los Angeles County Museum of Art - Los Angeles
  10. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Houston

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning art museums!

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