America has a rich past and takes care to preserve it and display it. Visitors from all over the world come to see some of the most magnificent treasures here. Our country’s museums exhibit the most wonderful parts about our society through mediums like art and science in a creative and exciting space. These top sites are a must-see for anybody at any point in their life, whether a resident of the USA or a visitor.
Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York City
There’s nothing quite like the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It’s an attraction that will leave you awe-struck in every moment. Here, you’ll get to see more than two million works of art that cover more than two million square feet. There are pieces from Rembrandt, Degas, van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Picasso, and more. If you love anything to do with art, you need to move this stop to the top of your list.
American Museum of Natural History – New York City
Another New York City gem, the Museum of Natural History (yes, the same one from the movie Night at the Museum) was first founded in 1869. With more than 32 million specimens and artifacts, it covers everything from biodiversity, mammals, the environment, birds, reptiles, amphibians, human origins and cultures, and planetary science. Perhaps the most remarkable part about this place is their dinosaur collection. It makes for the ultimate learning experience and a very cool perspective on the world.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – Washington, D.C.
This place is home to the world’s largest display of aviation and space artifacts, including nearly two million photographs and 60,000 relics. In other words, it’s every child’s dream (as well as every adult’s). Here you’ll find the Wright Brothers’ 1903 Flyer, Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis, and the LM lunar module from the Apollo moon landings. Sci-fi fans can even catch the studio model of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek. Good news on top of good news: Admission is free.
Getty Center – Los Angeles, Calif.
California is known for its beauty and divine loveliness, and the Getty embodies that same essence. You’ll get the chance to take in van Gogh’s Irises, Rembrandt’s Old Man in Military Costume, Monet’s Portal of Rouen Cathedral in the Morning Light and James Ensor’s monumental Christ’s Entry into Brussels. You can see some world-class collections of photography, decorative arts, and more. Be sure to check out Robert Irwin’s Central Garden, which features a cactus garden, fountains, shaded hideaways, and spectacular views of the city.
Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – Titusville, Fl.
If you’ve ever dreamed of being an astronaut or simply have an affinity for space, then this is the place for you. Just an hour from Orlando, you can check out the Space Shuttle Atlantis and other rockets, and test out the flight simulator Space Shuttle Launch Experience. Look into things like the Astronaut Encounter Program, which allows you to speak with real-life astronauts. A new section called Heroes and Legends has recently opened, which spotlights the US Astronaut Hall of Fame.