Must-Visit Museums in Every State

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Virginia: Colonial Williamsburg
> City: Williamsburg
> Type: History
> If you have time, also visit: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Carriage rides, the tweet of fifes, the beating of drums, and people dressed in period garb let you know you are in Colonial Williamsburg. Stories of free people and slaves are woven together to bring the 18th century life to life.

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Washington: Museum of Pop Culture
> City: Seattle
> Type: Culture
> If you have time, also visit: EMP (Experimental Music Project) Museum

The Museum of Pop Culture, or MoPOP, near Seattle’s famed Space Needle, contains many of the world’s most famous pop-culture artifacts. Among them are science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov’s typewriter and the staff of Ra from the Steven Spielberg film “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” The museum is big on hands-on experiences, such as testing your DJ skills in its Sound Lab.

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West Virginia: Huntington Museum of Art
> City: Huntington
> Type: Art
> If you have time, also visit: Archive of the Afterlife: The National Museum of the Paranormal

The Huntington Museum of Art houses a permanent art collection of more than 16,000 objects, with nine exhibition galleries, an interactive education gallery, and an art-reference library of over 26,000 volumes.

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Wisconsin: Harley-Davidson Museum
> City: Milwaukee
> Type: History, Culture
> If you have time, also visit: Milwaukee Art Museum

The Harley-Davidson Museum’s website considers a visit to the museum a “journey from outsider to icon.” Once associated with youthful rebellion, the motorcycle is now considered a symbol of freedom. Motorcycles and memorabilia of various vintages are found on two floors of exhibits.

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Wyoming: Buffalo Bill Center of the West
> City: Cody
> Type: History
> If you have time, also visit: The National Museum of Wildlife Art

Since 1927, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has strived to keep the American Western experience alive. The center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, and includes five separate museums under one roof. Besides history and myth about the West, visitors can appreciate Native American culture and the nature and science of the region.

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