If you’ve ever used a sidewalk to cook an egg or used your car to roast a turkey, you know what a great salvation a museum can be on those insufferable summer days. All year round they wait patiently, filling their time with school tours and tourists, until those 90°+ days drive us there by the masses.
With summer in full swing from coast-to-coast (even in Seattle), we thought we’d take this time to create a round-up of the greatest American museums (and by “greatest” we mean the museums with the most Foursquare check-ins in relation of population density, of course).
The Art Museum: Museum of Modern Art – New York, New York
Of the museums on this list, the Museum of Modern Art trumps them all, and is quite likely the the most frequently visited museum in America. And as the home to heavy weights such as van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Dali’s The Persistence of Memory, it’s no wonder the MoMA is sometimes considered the most influential modern art museum in the world.
The History Museum: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History – Washington, DC
With the giganto diamonds, dinosaur battles and over 500 million specimens, the National Museum of Natural History is the kind of place you could spend days and days and days in. Oh, and it’s free!
The Science Museum: Science Museum of Minnesota – St.Paul, MN
This museum has been a beloved destination for Minnesotans for over 100 years. With a Cell Lab, a Physics Lab, an Exhibit of Questionable Medical Devises and a rotating dual-screen IMAX/Omnimax theater it’s basically a Super Phun Thyme for kids and adults.
The Music Museum: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland, OH
No surprise here. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been a Mecca for rock lovers since 1995, and houses shrines to the legends from Janis Joplin to Metallica.