Must-Visit Museums in Every State

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Oklahoma: National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
> City: Oklahoma City
> Type: History, Art, Culture
> If you have time, also visit: American Banjo Museum

More than 10 million people have dusted off their boots and other footwear to visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum since it opened in 1955. An homage to the history and culture of the American West, it includes works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as sculptor James Earle Fraser’s famous work “The End of the Trail.”

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Oregon: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
> City: Portland
> Type: Science
> If you have time, also visit: Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a nationally known science center providing science learning to audiences. Its programs promote an innovative and sustainable society.

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Pennsylvania: Philadelphia Museum of Art
> City: Philadelphia
> Type: Art
> If you have time, also visit: Gettysburg Museum & Visitor Center

The museum’s landmark building houses van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” and the only dedicated Rodin Museum outside France. It also was featured in the famous scene in the movie “Rocky” where the underdog prizefighter runs up the steps of the museum and holds up his hands in triumph. A statue of Rocky stands next to the museum.

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Rhode Island: The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum
> City: Providence
> Type: Art, Culture, University
> If you have time, also visit: National Museum of American Illustration

The Museum of Art Rhode Island School of Design was established in 1877. It has more than 100,000 objects, including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, costume, furniture, and other works of art from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Asia, and the Americas, as well as contemporary art.

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South Carolina: Gibbes Museum of Art
> City: Charleston
> Type: Art
> If you have time, also visit: Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

Opened in 1905, with the help of benefactor James Gibbes, the Gibbes Museum of Art has 10,000 objects that, according to the museum’s website, “collect, conserve, and interpret an American fine arts collection with a Charleston perspective.” The museum is known for its collection of 18th- through early 20th-century paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture.

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