Saturday, May 14, 2016


So here's a list I've never made. The museums I've been to.

Deep breath.

I am only including museums, not zoos or aquariums, but that can get blurry. (I also am not including little exhibition spaces / visitor centers for attractions which are not obviously museums.) Nor do I include houses or buildings which are now museums (The Alamo, John Adams' home); I'm only interested in spaces that were built more or less with the intention of being a museum. I think it makes sense to do this by category. So let's start with the easy and obvious - art museums.

It is almost certainly incomplete. Here goes.

Art Museums

Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). California.
de Young Museum. California.
Palace of the Legion of Honor. California.
Cartoon Art Museum (*currently decommissioned*). California.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). California.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. California.
Oakland Museum of California.(*also a science and history museum*). California.
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). California.
J. Paul Getty Museum, including the Getty Villa. California.
San Diego Art Museum. California.
Portland Art Museum. Oregon.
Seattle Asian Art Museum. Washington.
Nevada Museum of Art. Nevada.
Denver Art Museum. Colorado.
Carnegie Museum of Art. Pennsylvania.
National Gallery of Art. Washington, D.C.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, including The Cloisters. New York.
Frick Collection. New York.
Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). New York.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York.
Institute of Contemporary Art. Massachusetts.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Massachusetts.
Museum of Fine Art. Massachusetts.
Peabody Essex Museum. Massachusetts.
Yale University Art Gallery. Connecticut.
Yale Center for British Art. Connecticut.
William Benton Museum of Art. Connecticut.

Tate Modern. London, United Kingdom.
National Gallery. London, United Kingdom.
National Portrait Gallery. London, United Kingdom.
Scottish National Gallery. Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park. West Bretton, United Kingdom.
Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Venice, Italy.
Gallerie dell'Accademia. Venice, Italy.
Museo Correr. Venice, Italy.
Galleria dell'Accademia. Florence, Italy.
Vatican Museums. Vatican City.
Uffizi Gallery. Florence, Italy.
Tokyo National Museum. Tokyo, Japan.
Studio Ghibli Museum. Tokyo, Japan.
Prefectural Art Museum. Hiroshima, Japan.
Islamic Arts Museum. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Singapore Art Museum. Singapore.
NUS Museum. Singapore.
ArtScience Museum. Singapore.

Science/Interactive Museums

California Academy of Sciences. California.
Exploratorium. California.
Randall Museum. California.
Lawrence Hall of Science. California.
Bay Area Discovery Museum. California.
Oakland Museum of California.(*also a science and history museum*). California.
CuriOdyssey (*formerly Coyote Point Museum*). California.
California Science Center. California.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). Oregon.
Pacific Science Center. Washington.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (frankly, I think this should count as a zoo.). Arizona.
Milwaukee Public Museum (*also a history museum*). Wisconsin.
Cleveland Museum of National History. Ohio.
Carnegie Museum of National History. Pennsylvania.
Museum of the Earth. New York.
American Natural History Museum. New York.
Harvard Museum of Natural History. Massachusetts.
Museum of Science. Massachusetts.
Peabody Museum of Natural History. Connecticut.
Connecticut Science Center. Connecticut.
International Cryptozoology Museum. Maine.

Science Center Singapore. Singapore.

History/Culture Museums

San Diego Museum of Man. California.
Oakland Museum of California.(*also a science and history museum*). California.
Musee Mecanique. California.
Walt Disney Family Museum. California.
Computer History Museum. California.
EMP Museum and Science Fiction Museum. Washington.
National Automobile Museum. Nevada.
Milwaukee Public Museum (*also a history museum*). Wisconsin.
Civil War Museum. Wisconsin.
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Indiana.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Ohio.
Newseum. Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Washington, D.C.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Washington, D.C.
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Massachusetts.
Mystic Seaport. Connecticut.

British Museum. London, United Kingdom.
The Beatles Story. Liverpool, United Kingdom.
World Museum. Liverpool, United Kingdom.
Naples National Archaeological Museum. Naples, Italy.
National Archaeological Museum. Athens, Greece.
Delphi Archaeological Museum. Delphi, Greece.
Ephesus Archaeological Museum. Selcuk, Turkey.
Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology. Bodrum, Turkey.
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Hiroshima, Japan.
National Museum of Cambodia. Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Maritime Museum. Malacca, Malaysia.
Asian Civilizations Museum. Singapore.
Chinese Immigration Museum - Haw Par Villa. Singapore.
National Museum of Singapore. Singapore.

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