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Updated October 23, 2017
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  1. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in London, England, UK
    The British Museum was founded in the mid-18th century. It began in a former great house located on the same spot where it is now. The museum's 19th century Classical Revival facade is well suited to represent the treasurers it contains. The core of …
  2. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in New York, New York, USA
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art is one of New York City's treasures. The vast collection of art from all periods is one of the world's largest. The galleries are organized by historic periods, such as Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Medieval, and Modern…
  3. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    The Rijksmuseum is one of the world's great art museums and a must-see for visitors to Amsterdam. We spent several hours here after our canal excursion. The museum is home to a comprehensive collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Era as well a…
  4. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Tha National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, is the most comprehensive art museum in the Nation's Capital. The National Gallery is located along the National Mall and is housed in two connected buildings. The West Building is the original structure…
  5. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History has been called “America’s Attic.” The museum on the National Mall definitely exhibits an eclectic collection of artifacts dealing with American political, social, and cultural history. …
  6. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History celebrated its centennial in 2010. It is said to be the most visited museum in the USA and the second most visited, after the Louvre, in the world. The exhibits number more than 126 million spec…
  7. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Baltimore, Maryland, USA
    The Walters Art Museum is Baltimore's primary art museum. The museum was founded in 1909 by Baltimore railroad magnate Henry Walters. Initially, the museum displayed Walter's private art collection, which had been started by his father. Upon his deat…
  8. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Richmond, Virginia, USA
    The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) is the major art museum in Virginia and a leading American art museum. The collections span all periods and styles of art from ancient to 21st Century, with an emphasis on American and European decorative arts.…
  9. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Pasadena, California, USA
    The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is one of the must-see art museums in the Los Angeles area. The museum's collections emphasize European painting and sculpture from the 14th to 20th centuries, American and European Modern and Contemporary art, an…
  10. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The National Portrait Gallery displays images of individuals who have shaped the United States and its culture. Men and women are depicted here who have made contributions and had an impact, for good or ill, in politics, performing arts, the sciences…
  11. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) shares the same building with the National Portrait Gallery, the Greek Revival Old Patent Office . They represent two separate but complementary collections. As they are housed together, you often can't tell…
  12. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Visiting the Anne Frank House was the most moving museum experience I have ever had. It is certainly a not-to-be-missed location in Amsterdam. I have not read the published Diary of Anne Frank, but know of the story surrounding it. The Jewish Fra…
    This review was featured on Thursday November 27th, 2014
  13. Average priced "General Tips & Advice" in Vatican City, Italy
    The Vatican Museums are a great assembly of paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and artifacts dating from ancient times to Renaissance housed in the Belvedere Palace. Some of the art on display was commissioned by Popes of past eras to decorate the pla…
  14. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Florence, Italy
    The Galleria dell'Accademia in Florence is home to Michelangelo's sculpture of David. It is a must-see museum for visitors to Florence. I've seen reproductions of David from Forest Lawn in Glendale, California, to the ones in Florence. But there is n…
  15. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Prague, Czech Republic
    I knew of artist Alphonse Mucha from his Art Nouveau advertising posters of Job cigarette papers and Sarah Bernhardt plays. His swirling works had always seemed to me to be the very essence of the Art Nouveau style. I'd heard about the Mucha Museum i…
  16. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Salzburg, Austria
    The house where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born on 27 January 1756 has been a museum since 1880. Of course, it is a must-see for fans of the composer (and Mozart is my favorite composer) and music enthusiasts in general. Mozart's family and parents …
  17. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Florence, Italy
    The Uffizi Gallery - Galleria degli Uffizi. One of the most acclaimed art museums in the world and a showcase in particular for Italian and Renaissance art. Every art history book has illustrations of the masterworks on display here. To actually see …
  18. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Madrid, Spain
    The Prado is one of my favorite art museums. True, it is one of the world's great collections of Western art. But I've admired the Spanish masters for a long time, El Greco, Velazquez, and Goya chief among them. The Prado is clearly where one goes to…
  19. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Madrid, Spain
    The Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia is Madrid's museum of 20th and 21st century art. It is the home of Picasso's Guernica, which means it is a must-see stop in Madrid. Madrid's interest in exhibiting Modern Art goes back to the 1890's. R…
  20. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos
    The Turks and Caicos National Museum is quite a surprise. It is located in a historic house in Cockburn Town. From the introductory video on, the museum covers a a lot of ground. Visitors are first shown a video about the Turks & Caicos Islands (and …
  21. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Wilmington, Delaware, USA
    The Winterthur Museum contains the collection of American decorative art and furniture begun by Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969). (H.F. du Pont was a member of the Du Pont chemical company family.) Winterthur as a house had started in 1837 as a 12-r…
    This review was featured on Sunday March 22nd, 2015
  22. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    There are few American symbols as iconic as the Liberty Bell. The bell has come to symbolize the American Revolution and of freedom and justice framed in the US Constitution. The bell had been ordered from England for the colonial Pennsylvania Sta…
  23. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    The National Constitution Center is a newer addition to the Independence historic area in Philadelphia. The modern museum contains very interesting displays on the development, history, and meaning of the US Constitution and offers live and interacti…
  24. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    The Carnegie Museums of Pittsburg officially consist of four museums. Together on Forbes Avenue on the Oakland Neighborhood are the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. (The affiliated Carnegie Science Center and the And…
    This review was featured on Friday June 23rd, 2017
  25. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum opened in 1993. It serves as a memorial to those who perished during the Holocaust and as a research and documentation center. Visitors encounter the sculpture Loss and Regeneration at the entrance to th…
  26. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The Newseum is one of Washington, DC's newest museums and attractions. It's a museum of--News. The story of news and current events past and present and how journalists covered those stories and bring news stories to you today. The Newseum is larg…
    This review was featured on Saturday September 6th, 2008
  27. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The National Museum of the American Indian became a striking new addition to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall when it opened in 2004. The building itself is beautifully designed, evoking cliff dwellings and the diverse habitats of the Nat…
    This review was featured on Friday June 29th, 2012
  28. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The National Building Museum is an exhibit of architecture and structural engineering and design. It may sound technical, but it is a wonderful series of ongoing exhibits celebrating the spaces we see and live and work in. The museum is, first, in…
  29. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Saint Augustine, Florida, USA
    The Lightner Museum is located in part of the former Alcazar Hotel. That alone would make it a destination of interest. The Alcazar, built in 1887, was one of two grand Mediterranean Revival resort hotels established in St. Augustine by Henry Flagler…
    This review was featured on Saturday July 16th, 2011
  30. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Fort Worth, Texas, USA
    The Sid Richardson Museum displays a collection of Western art by American painters Frederic Remington (1861-1909) and Charles M. Russell (1864-1926). A few additional Western paintings by contemporaries of Remington and Russell are also on display. …
  31. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA
    A visit to the Kennedy Space Center and its Visitor Complex offers an up-close look at the US space program. The first stop for visitors will be the Visitor Complex. A Rocket Garden displays the various types of rockets that have been used by NASA's …
  32. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Chincoteague, Virginia, USA
    NASA maintains a small visitor center at its Wallops Flight Facility. NASA (and its predecessor, NACA) has used Wallops Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore for rocket and spaceflight development and scientific research on the Earth's atmosphere since …
  33. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in New York, New York, USA
    The Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space museum is a unique New York museum experience. The museum is housed aboard the preserved aircraft carrier USS Intrepid permanently docked in New York Harbor. (Pier 86.) The ship has its own story to tell. Launched durin…
  34. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Newport News, Virginia, USA
    The Mariners' Museum in Newport News is one of largest museums of seafaring. Themed galleries are the Age of Exploration, Age of Steam, Defending the Seas, the Small Craft Center, and the Chesapeake Bay. Much of the story of seafaring is told thr…
  35. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Winchester, Virginia, USA
    The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester is fairly new. It opened in 2005 to tell the story of the Shenandoah Valley and its inhabitants and culture. But it's really two museums in one. It is a history museum and also an art museum. All o…
  36. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Pittsburgh's Frick Art and Historical Center is a legacy of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) and his family. Frick was one of the prominent industrialists of the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. He made his first million dollars before he was 30 and …
  37. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA
    The Moravian Museum in Bethlehem is located in the wooden Gemeinhaus built in 1741. The Gemeinhaus was the center of the newly arrived Moravian settlers. The museum tells the story of the colonial-era Moravian community. Museum exhibits are locate…
  38. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, USA
    The George Westinghouse Castle was built in 1896 as the Westinghouse Air Brake Company General Office Building. But it is nothing like any office building you have seen. It is a grand Romanesque Revival chateau in exterior style, but functioned as a …
  39. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Mount Vernon, Virginia, USA
    George Washington, as you probably know, was the first President of the United States. But, did you know he also distilled whiskey and milled flour? Those were two of the important industries at Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation. Today, you can …
  40. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Winchester, Virginia, USA
    George Washington used the log cabin that now forms the center room of this structure as his headquarters from September 1755 to December of 1756. He was then in his erly 20s and a colonel of the Virginia Regiment. During hsi stay in Winchester, Wash…
  41. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Occoquan, Virginia, USA
    The Mill House Museum is located in the former miller’s office of Merchant’s Mill. Merchant’s Mill was in operation from 1759 to 1924 and the ruins can be seen from the pedestrian bridge that crosses the Occoquan River. The mill did not utilize…
  42. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Sandys, Bermuda
    The National Museum of Bermuda was formed in 2009 with the addition of the Casemates Barracks and ramparts to the existing Bermuda Maritime Museum. (Visitors may find guidebooks refer to the Bermuda Maritime Museum.) The main part of the museum co…
  43. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Saint George, Bermuda
    Bermuda and American history intersect once again in St. George at the Bermuda National Trust Museum. (Not to be confused with the larger National Museum of Bermuda at the Royal Naval Dockyard.) This museum is located in the former Globe Hotel. B…
  44. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in San Fernando, California, USA
    Misión San Fernando Rey de España was the 17th California mission founded by the Franciscans. The mission was founded on September 8, 1797, by Fr. Fermin Francisco de Lasuén, an associate of Junipero Serra. The mission was named for St. Ferdinand,…
  45. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Simi Valley, California, USA
    The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum is both a museum about the 40th President of the United States and one of the Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives. Most visitors will come to see the musuem, operated by th…
  46. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    The National Museum of Crime & Punishment, or simply the Crime Museum, is one of the more unusual attractions in Washington, DC. It is a privately operated museum, not part of the Smithsonian complex and charges an entrance fee. We came on a famil…
    This review was featured on Thursday September 17th, 2015
vicIII says:
Thanks a lot for sharing your advice in your great list!:)
Posted on: Apr 22, 2017
joehobo says:
Great list.
Posted on: Feb 07, 2012
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