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There are more than 33,000 museums in the United States, according to a figure released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. That means there's twice as many museums in the country as there are Starbucks – a staggering figure. So, we want to narrow down the field to the best museums in Canada and the U.S. across six categories.
You can vote once per category, per day until voting ends on Monday, May 10 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on Friday, May 21. Click on each category below to vote:
Best Children's Museum
These museums win big with families — Photo courtesy of iStock / Alex Potemkin
Keeping the kids entertained while traveling can be a challenge, especially on days when the weather doesn't cooperate. Luckily, these 20 museums, chosen as the best for families in North America, offer engaging, interactive experiences for kids and adults alike.
Best Free Museum
Some of the nation's best museums are free — Photo courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Some of the nation’s most captivating, enriching and enlightening museums have something in common: admission is free.
Best History Museum
Dig into history at these 20 museums — Photo courtesy of G. Widman for GPTMC © 2009 George Widman Photography
Whether you’re interested in millennia of human history or centuries of American history, you can learn a lot about the past with a visit to one of these excellent history museums. Some have broad, encyclopedic collections, while others narrow in on a certain chapter or facet of history.
Best New Museum
These top museums celebrate music, movies and the people who make them — Photo courtesy of National Museum of African American Music
Each year brings a slew of new collections (or new facilities for old collections) for museum lovers. These museums, ranging from avant-garde art galleries to colorful children’s museums, represent the best openings of the past two years since the beginning of 2019.
Best Pop Culture Museum
These museums opened in the past two years — Photo courtesy of Jenny Wheat / Visit KC
The United States has long been a hotbed of pop culture – the birthplace of numerous musical genres and some of the world’s most famous singers, songwriters, directors and film stars. These museums celebrate American musical, movie and TV history, through the lens of a specific artist or genre, or with a big picture approach.
Best Science Museum
Celebrate all things STEM at these 20 science museums — Photo courtesy of iStock / gettyimages1
From dinosaurs to nanotechnology, science and natural history come alive at these museums across the continent.
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, May 21.