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Museums

US | International

US
Arizona
The Heard Museum
Phoenix. "[O]ne of the world’s finest destinations for learning about American Indian arts and cultures." Way expensive gift shop but some lovely stuff.
California
The Broad
Los Angeles. "[H]ome to the nearly 2,000 works of art in the Broad collection, which is among the most prominent holdings of postwar and contemporary art worldwide."
The Computer History Museum
Mountain View
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
comprising the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor
J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles
The GLBT History Museum
San Francisco
LACMA
Los Angeles
Museum of Contemporary Art
Los Angeles
Oakland Museum of California
Oakland - an amazing collection of works from the 19th to the 21st centuries all about California or by Californians
Palm Springs Art Museum
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
Timken Art Museum - San Diego
American, Dutch, Flemish, French, Italian, and Spanish paintings, plus Russian icons.
Colorado
Denver Art Museum
Denver
The Clyfford Still Museum
Denver - one of my favorite abstract artists
Connecticut
Yale Center for British Art
New Haven, CT
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, CT
Florida
Morse Museum
Winter Park. "The world’s most comprehensive collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany"
Museum of Contemporary Art
North Miami
Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement (scheduled to open in 2018)
St. Petersburg
World Erotic Art Museum
Miami Beach
Illinois
The Art Institute
Chicago
DuSable Museum of African American History
Chicago
The Field Museum
Chicago
Hyde Park Art Center
Hyde Park
Museum of Contemporary Art
Chicago
Museum of Science & Industry
Chicago
National Museum of Mexican Art
Chicago
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Lincoln Park
Indiana
Indianapolis Museum of Art
Indianapolis, IN
Louisiana
New Orleans Museum of Art
Maryland
The National Cryptologic Museum
Ft. George G. Meade, MD
Massachusetts
Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, MA
Harvard University Art Museums
Cambridge, MA
Institute of Contemporary Art
Boston, MA
Lizzie Borden B&B & Museum
Fall River
Museum of Fine Arts
Boston
The Museum of Russian Icons
Clinton, MA Largest collection in the North America and in Massachusetts yet. Who new?
The Norman Rockwell Museum
Stockbridge, MA
Michigan
Detroit Institute of Arts
Detroit, MI
Grand Rapids Art Museum
Minnesota
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Walker Art Center,
Minneapolis, MN
Nebraska
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Lincoln, NE
New Jersey
The Newark Museum
New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM museums
Georgia O'Keefe Museum
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The Museum of Indian Arts & Culture
Stanta Fe, NM
New York
The Frick Collection
New York
Guggenheim Museum
New York
The Jewish Museum
New York
The Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
New York
Lower East Side Tenement Museum
New York
The Martin House Complex - Frank Lloyd Wright building
Buffalo
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York - See also their MetPublications portal where you can search TOC and other bibliographic information of their publications and even download full-text of some of them. How kewl is that?
The Morgan Library & Museum
New York
Museum of Jewish Heritage
New York
Museum of the City of New York
New York
MoMA
New York
Museum of the moving image
New York
The Nassau County Museum of Art - Roslyn Harbor.
"The permanent collection . . . spans American and European art of the 19th and 20th centuries." The 145 acres of the former Frick Estate constitute one of the largest publicly accessible sculpture gardens on the East Coast.
Neue Galerie
New York. Established in 2001, with an incredible collection of Viennese Secessionist artists like Klimpt and Schiele
New Museum of Contemporary Art
New York Now in its new location on Prince St. & the Bowery
New York Jazz Museum
The Noguchi Museum
Long Island City
The Queens Museum of Art
The Rubin Museum of Art - New York
the first museum in the Western World dedicated to the art of the Himalayas and surrounding regions.
Studio Museum Harlem
New York
Whitney Museum
New York
Ohio
Cleveland Institute of Art
"Every year the Cleveland Institute of Art builds on an internationally recognized heritage of excellence and innovation that dates back to 1882. That year the school was chartered as the Western Reserve School of Design for Women. "
Cleveland Museum of Art
"The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 'for the benefit of all the people forever.'"
Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art
"The new MOCA Cleveland, the first building designed in the United States by Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA), serves as a catalyst for creativity and growth in a cosmopolitan Cleveland neighborhood, which is home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of cultural and educational institutions."
Pennsylvania
Brandywine Museum of Art
Chadds Ford. "Renowned for its holdings of the Wyeth family of artists."
National Watch and Clock Museum
Columbia
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia
Andy Warhol Museum
Pittsburgh
Texas
Kimbell Art Museum - Fort Worth
"[W]idely regarded as one of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. Designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn."
Vermont
Shelburne Museum
Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th- to 20th-century artifacts
Virginia
United States National Slavery Museum
Fredericksburg
Washington
Seattle Art Museum
Washington, D.C.
International Spy Museum
Washington, D.C.
Newseum
Washington, DC. An interesting sideline, their "Today's Front Pages" from about 80 newspapers around the world. A map is here.
Smithsonian Museums
Washington, DC
Wisconsin
Chazen Museum of Art
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Milwaukee Art Museum
Rahr-West Museum
Manitowoc
Austria
Klimt Center
Attersee. Other things Klimt in Attersee, his summer home for 15 years.
Salzburg
Museum der Moderne - IMHO the most interesting of the bunch but that's only because I have a penchant for Nolde, Kokoschka, et al. Unfortunately not a lot of images on the website - at least that I could find.
Salzburger Kunstverein - founded in 1844 & "one of the first Austrian associations to focus on the sale and exhibition of contemporary art" (NY Times)
Salzburg Museum - relatively new - founded in 2007. "Precious art objects, aesthetic presentation and an exciting conceptual approach"
Vienna
Museums Quartier - one of the world's largest complexes for modern art and culture
Leopold Museum - Schiele & Klimpt & the Viennese Secession.
Secession House - built for the Viennese Secessionist artists to exhibit their work. It continues to display contemporary art.
Belgium
Horta Museum
Jugengstil house designed and built for Victor Horta by J .M. Olbrich, the same architect who designed the Sezession House in Vienna. Apparently it remains closed due to a dipute among Horta's heirs. Many more pictures of the interior available here.
Museum of Cocoa & Chocolate - Brussels
Mundaneum
Mons. Paul Otlet's 19th century attempt to develop the World Wide - or at least to assemble all the world's knowledge. On file cards yet.
Canada
Leacock Museum - Orillia
Croatia
Modern Art Museum - Dubrovnik
England
The American Museum in Britain
Bath
The Anderson Collection
Norwich. Housed in the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts. "[R]epresents the French exponents of art nouveau associated with the Ecole de Nancy and makers who, both in France and Britain, worked across a range of disciplines such as glassware and furniture, metalware and jewellery." Here are some more pictures from the BBC.
The Bate Collection
Oxford. [O]ne of the most magnificent collections of musical instruments in the world.
Cragside
Victorian house museum
Lebrecht Music & Art Photo Library - photos of, among other things, performance spaces world-wide
London house museums
Apsley House
Home of the Duke of Wellington, hosts one of London's best art collections
Dennis Severs House
Rather than freezing the décor in one particular historical moment, Mr. Severs showed how a house would have evolved over successive generations in The hands of a single family.
Eltham Palace and Gardens
1930s Art Deco decadence, childhood home of Henry VIII
Leighton House Museum
Frederic, Lord Leighton's home, is one of the London’s most remarkable 19th-century houses and a consummate summation of the period’s Orientalist taste, featuring Leighton's collection of more than 1,000 Islamic tiles, Located on the edge of Holland Park in Kensington.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
designed both to live in, and as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art.
The Emory Walker House
"[T]he last authentic Arts and Crafts interior in Britain. [T]he decoration and furnishings preserved as they were in the lifetime of the printer Emery Walker (1851-1933), a great friend and mentor to William Morris."
Tate London
The Victoria and Albert Museum - London
Very interesting textile collection
The Watts Cemetery Chapel
Compton. "[D]esigned by Mary Watts wife of Internationally renowned Victorian artist, George Frederic Watts. . . a wonderful fusion of influences, including Art Nouveau, Celtic, Romanesque and Egyptian." Better images are here.
Estonia
Kumu Art Museum
France
Centre Pompidou - Paris
Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence
Vence. Gorgeous windows designed by Matisse. And a beautiful painting on the interior lid of a Dodd harpsichord (at least when I was there during the last century) that goes unmentioned in this Wikipedia article.
Fondation Louis Vuitton - Paris
"to promote and support contemporary artistic creation for a wide French and international audience."
Fondation Maeght St. Paul de Vence
Amazing comtemporary collection & sculpture garden.
Galeries Bartoux
Various places in France (including Courchevel & Honfleur & Paris & one the U.S.)
Louvre Museum - Paris
Le Magazin - Grenoble
Kind of a fussy home page. Contemporary art
Musée Alsacien - Strasbourg - Folk art
Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris
Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg
Musée du quai Branly - Paris
Musée Carnavalet
100 rooms dedicated to Paris' history from the beginning to today. Free admission
Musée-château d'Annecy
apparently doesn't have its own website. According to the NY Times it contains "artifacts and contemporary art."
Musée Lalique - Wingen-sur-Moder
W-s-M was the village where René Lalique chose to build his factory in the aftermath of the First World War. Situated in the heart of the Northern Vosges, a region with a long-standing glassmaking tradition, it is now the only place in the world where the brand's crystalware is produced.
Musée d'Orsay - Paris
Musée de Grenoble
Home to France's best collection of modern art outside Paris according to the NY Times
Musée des Arts décoratifs - Paris
Musée des Confluences - Lyons
Avec plus de 2,2 millions d'objets, les collections du musée des Confluences comptent parmi les plus riches en France. Can you tell it's a French-language site?
Musée Jacquemart-André - Paris
Built in the 19th century originally as a home to display M. André's art collection.
Musée Maillol - Paris
Musée national du Moyen Âge - Thermes et hôtel de Cluny - Paris
Musée national Picasso-Paris
Musée Gustave Moreau, Paris
Musée Marc Chagall, Nice
Amazing paintings comprising his Le Message Biblique
Musée Matisse, Nice
Le nouveau musée des Arts décoratifs - Paris
Germany
East Frisian Tea Museum/Ostfriesischen Teemuseum
Norden
German museums by geographical area
Sort of requires a regional knowledge of the country
Vitra
Weil am Rhein - a Swiss family-owned company [that] not only makes furniture and creates retail environments, but also has its own Campus with buildings by leading international architects
Museum Island - Berlin
Home of the Altes Museum, Bode Museum, Pergamon Museum & others
Iceland
Husvik Culture House
Húsavík
Italy
Venice
Palazzo Grassi - François Pinault's private collection of modern and contemporary art.
Lithuania
Anastazija and Antanas Tamoŝaitis Gallery - Lithuanian folk costumes, sashes, articles of clothing, as well aw, tapestries, gobelins, paintings and graphic art works designed by Anastazija and Antanas Tamoŝaitis

Netherlands
Cobra Museum of Modern Art - Amstelveen, NL Named after the cities of its founding artists (Copenhagen, Brussels, Amsterdam)
Leiden American Pilgrim Museum - En route to what would be the U.S., many Pilgrims escaped to Leiden.
den Haag
Gemeente Museum
"a large collection embracing the fields of modern art, fashion, the decorative arts and musical instruments" and, apparently, music manuscripts
Koninklijk Huisarchief
The Royal Archives includes the papers, the library, photographic archives and art collection of the Oranges, including "Orange music". It is part of the Department of the Royal Family.
Mauritz Huis
a rather boring page with just hours' info, address, etc. A collection of Dutch "masterpieces from the Dutch "Golden-Age", including excellent paintings by Vermeer (two when I was there), Rembrandt, Steen and Frans Hals."
De Mesdag Collectie
The most important collection of the 19th century Hague School & French Barbizon works in the world.
Hals Frans Museum - Groot Heiligland. "Frans Hals, the most famous Haarlem painter of the Golden Age." The museum hosts "the largest collection of paintings by Frans Hals in the world" as well as works by other artists of the period.
Hermitage, Amsterdam - the Netherlands branch of St. Petersburg's museum
Kröller-Müller museum - a most amazing collection outside Amsterdam in Otterlo, NL. It has roomsful of Van Goghs, a vast collection of other artists, and is surrounded by an incredible sculpture garden and acres and acres of park.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - Rotterdam.
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The Scheringa Museum of Realist Art - Spanbroek (near Hoorn if that means anything to you. Interesting "Magic Realism" collection including some Magritte & de Chirico. Closed in 2009. Part of its collection is now in the MORE museum in Gorssel.
Textiel Museum - Tilburg Great collection including examples from the Amsterdam School.
Online
The Virtual Museum of Métis History and Culture
In the golden age of the Métis Nation, circa 1816-1869, the Métis traversed the landscape of present-day Western Canada and the American Great Plains
Poland
Warsaw
Chopin Museum
Scotland
The Hunterian
Glasgow. "[H]ome to the world’s largest permanent display of the work of James McNeill Whistler, the largest single holding of the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and The Mackintosh House, the reassembled interiors from his Glasgow home."
Slovakia
Beekeeping Museum
Kráľová pri Senci
Clock Museum
Bratislava
Danubiana
Bratislava - "The Danubiana Museum of Modern Art, Bratislava was opened in 2000 on the tip of peninsula on the river Danube."
Slovenia
Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova
Ljubljana - "Moderna galerija houses the national collection of 20th century Slovene art (paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings as well as photography, video and electronic media collections) and a collection of works from the former Yugoslavia. The national collection presents the basic stages in the development of the Slovene tradition of modern and contemporary art from the beginning of the 20th century onwards."
Sweden
Göteborg
Göteborgs Konstmuseum
Röhsska Design Museum (sorry - no English version)
The Zorn Museum
Mora. Anders Zorn was a contemporary and competitor of Boston's beloved John Singer Sargent.
Russia
André Bely Memorial Apartment - Moscow
Includes the full text of his memoirs (for translating?)
Art Museum - Tomsk
The Hermitage Museum - St. Petersburg, Russia
Perm Museum of Modern Art
Moscow Design Musuem
opened 20.Nov.2012
Perm State Art Gallery
Click on the "ВИРТУАЛЬНАЯ ПЕРМСКАЯ ХУДОЖЕСТВЕННАЯ ГАЛЕРЕЯ" for a virtual tour of the collection.
Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts - Moscow
In both Russian & English
State Historical Museum - Moscow (in Russian)
The Tretiakov Gallery - Moscow
Vinzavod - contemporary art museum in Moscow
Spain
Prado. Madrid
Switzerland
Basel
Beyeler Museum
Kunsthalle Basel - Contemporary art
Kunstmuseum Basel
Museum Tinguely - dedicated to this intriguing Swiss artist
Schaulager - contemporary art
The Greisinger Museum
Jenins (southeast from Zurich). Major Tolkein collection.
The Klee Zentrum
Bern
Kunstmuseum
St. Gallen. Fortunately the English-language page is much improved since my last visit.
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