Design Museums in the United States

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  1. Cooper Hewitt

    Cooper Hewitt

    Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming.

    Category Design Museums

  2. MoMA


    Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, The Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.

    Category Art Museums

  3. Guggenheim Museum

    Guggenheim Museum

    An internationally renowned art museum and one of the most significant architectural icons of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Museum is at once a vital cultural center, an educational institution, and the heart of an international network of museums. Visitors can experience special exhibitions of modern and contemporary art, lectures by artists and critics, performances and film screenings, classes for teens and adults, and daily tours of the galleries led by experienced docents.

    Category Art Museums

  4. Chicago Athenaeum

    Chicago Athenaeum

    The Chicago Athenaeum is an International Museum of Architecture and Design, appropriately based in the world's first city of modern architecture and design - Chicago. Founded in 1988, the Museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning.

    Category Architecture Museums



    The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is one of the largest museums of modern and contemporary art in the United States and a thriving cultural center for the Bay Area.

    Category Art Museums

  6. Museum of Arts and Design

    Museum of Arts and Design

    The Museum of Arts & Design collects, displays, and interprets objects in ceramic, glass, fiber metal and wood that honor innovation in art, craft and design. The Museum embraces rapid changes in the decorative and design arts, celebrating design as the process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance our lives.

    Category Design Museums

  7. Art Institute of Chicago

    Art Institute of Chicago

    The world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago houses both a museum and school. The museum contains more than 300,000 works of art while nearly 3,000 students are enrolled in various undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    Category Art Museums

  8. Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    As one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its renowned collections, acclaimed special exhibitions, and enriching programs, both in-person and online.

    Category Art Museums

  9. Brooklyn Museum

    Brooklyn Museum

    The Brooklyn Museum, housed in a 560,000-square-foot, Beaux-Arts building, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the country. Its world-renowned permanent collections range from ancient Egyptian masterpieces to contemporary art, and represent a wide range of cultures.

    Category Art Museums

  10. Metropolitan Museum of Art

    Metropolitan Museum of Art

    The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world. The Museum lives in three iconic sites in New York City-The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters.

    Category Art Museums

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    Harvard Art Museums

    The Harvard Art Museums are distinguished by the range and depth of their collections, their groundbreaking exhibitions, and the original research of their staff. The collections include approximately 250,000 objects in all media, ranging in date from antiquity to the present and originating in Europe, North America, North Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.

    Category Art Museums

  12. A+D Museum

    A+D Museum

    The mission of the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles is to expose the general public to the importance of architecture and design in the community, to encourage innovative thinking in these disciplines, to stimulate an awareness of contemporary issues in architecture and design, whether to the general public, school children or the educated professional.

    Category Architecture Museums

  13. MOCA


    The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) is your source of creativity and inspiration in Los Angeles through innovative exhibitions and programs by significant and compelling contemporary artists. MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and admission revenues.

    Category Art Museums

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    MOCA Cleveland

    Museum Of Contemporary Art, Cleveland's forum for interpreting culture through contemporary visual art, pushing the boundaries of innovation, creativity and expression.

    Category Art Museums

  15. Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

    Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum

    Operated by volunteers of the Two Rivers Historical Society, the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton's collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world.

    Category Print Design Museums

  16. New Museum

    New Museum

    The New Museum, founded in 1977, is the premier contemporary art museum in New York City and among the most important internationally. The Museum exhibits innovative contemporary art from around the world, and offers public programs, a unique bookstore, and an extensive web site.

    Category Design Museums

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    Museum of Craft and Design

    The Museum of Craft and Design features innovative exhibitions and programs to thousands of visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond. The Museum strives to encourage greater awareness and appreciation of the international scope of craft and design to audiences of all ages through innovative exhibitions and related educational programming.

    Category Craft Design Museums

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    Whitney Museum of American Art

    The Whitney Museum houses one of the world's foremost collections of twentieth-century American art. The Permanent Collection of some 12,000 works encompasses paintings, sculptures, multimedia installations, drawings, prints, and photographs-and is still growing.

    Category Art Museums

  19. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

    One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.

    Category Art Museums

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    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

    The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists.

    Category Art Museums

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    Portland Art Museum

    Founded in late 1892, the Portland Art Museum is the seventh oldest museum in the United States and the oldest in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum is internationally recognized for its permanent collection and ambitious special exhibitions, drawn from the Museum's holdings and the world's finest public and private collections.

    Category Art Museums

  22. SCAD Museum of Art

    SCAD Museum of Art

    The SCAD Museum of Art is a contemporary art and design museum conceived and designed expressly to enrich the educational milieu of SCAD students and professors, and to attract and delight visitors from around the world. In keeping with the university's mission, a year-round program of exhibitions, installations, performances and museum programs and events will engage with SCAD's 41 majors and more than 50 minors - from fashion and fibers to painting and sound design.

    Category Art Museums

  23. Carnegie Museum of Art

    Carnegie Museum of Art

    The Carnegie Museum of Art is committed to global engagement and regional advancement. We champion creativity and its importance to society with experiences that welcome, inspire, challenge, and inform. Our core activities-collecting, conserving, presenting, and interpreting works of art-make those experiences possible.

    Category Art Museums

  24. Norman Rockwell Museum

    Norman Rockwell Museum

    Norman Rockwell Museum is dedicated to education and art appreciation inspired by the legacy of Norman Rockwell. The museum preserves, studies, and communicates with a worldwide audience the life, art, and spirit of Norman Rockwell in the field of illustration.

    Category Art Museums

  25. RISD Museum

    RISD Museum

    The Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, also known as the RISD Museum, is Rhode Island's leading museum of fine and decorative art, housing a collection of 84,000 objects of international significance. The Museum maintains an active program of exhibitions, lectures, tours, workshops and publications dedicated to the interpretation of art and design from diverse cultures ranging from ancient times to the present.

    Category Art Museums

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    Institute of Contemporary Art

    The Institute of Contemporary Art is part of the University of Pennsylvania, and investigates the way in which art and artists are able to inform and inspire their audience.

    Category Art Museums

  27. MOHAI


    Seattle's Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) is dedicated to enriching lives through preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region, and the nation. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future.

    Category Art Museums