Must-Visit Museums in Every State

South Dakota: Mammoth Site & Museum
> City: Hot Springs
> Type: Archeology, General, Natural History, Science
> If you have time, also visit: The National Music Museum

While working on a housing development in 1974, workers uncovered what turned out to be South Dakota’s greatest fossil find, the remains of a mammoth, with tusks seven feet long. The site was preserved and today it is the world’s largest mammoth exhibit, and a world-renowned research center for Pleistocene studies

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Tennessee: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
> City: Nashville
> Type: History, Music
> If you have time, also visit: Graceland

It only makes sense that Nashville would be the home of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. It houses more than 2.5 million artifacts, with two floors of gallery space featuring permanent- and limited- engagement exhibits. The first members inducted were Jimmie Rodgers, Fred Rose, and Hank Williams in 1961.

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Texas: Space Center Houston
> City: Houston
> Type: Science
> If you have time, also visit: Bullock Texas State Museum

The Space Center Houston opened in 1992 and has become one of Houston’s top attractions. It is the Official Visitor Center of NASA Johnson Space Center and an affiliate of Smithsonian. The center has had more than 22 million visitors and hosts nearly 1.25 million visitors annually in its 250,000-square-foot educational complex.

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Utah: Natural History Museum of Utah
> City: Salt Lake City
> Type: Anthropology, Archeology, Children’s, General, Natural History, Science, University
> If you have time, also visit: Clark Planetarium & IMAX Theater

Amateur and professional paleontologists flock to the Natural History Museum of Utah, which enjoys a reputation as a respected state museum of natural history.

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Vermont: Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home
> City: Manchester
> Type: History
> If you have time, also visit: Shelburne Museum

Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home, is the historic home of Robert Lincoln, the only child of President and Mary Todd Lincoln to reach adulthood. The 412-acre estate has formal gardens, an observatory, a restored 1903 wooden Pullman palace railcar, a cheesemaking facility, and a teaching greenhouse.

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