Few institutions stamp the cultural identity of a nation, region, or city like museums.
Whether they are venerable sites such as the Art Institute of Chicago, whimsical venues like the Kazoo Museum in South Carolina, or contemplative places like the Civil Rights Museum in Atlanta, museums have become sources of civic pride.
Museums celebrate humankind’s achievements, acknowledge shameful human episodes like slavery and genocide, and look ahead to the future with exhibits on space exploration.
In an effort to recognize their contribution to their communities, 24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of the best museum in each state.
Correction: An earlier version of this article published the incorrect attendance figure for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as 206,000. In fact, more than 600,000 people attended the museum in 2017.