Top 21 Mid-Atlantic Museums


1. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

E 82nd St at 5th Ave, New York, New York
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The MET is one of the most famous art museums in the country. There are lectures, workshops, tours and art making programs.

2. National Gallery of Art, DC

6th and Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20565
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The National Gallery of Art preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters understanding of works of art at the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. Masterworks by the most renowned European and American artists, including the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas and the largest mobile ever created by Alexander Calder, await visitors to the National Gallery of Art, one of the world’s preeminent art museums. The Gallery’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, medals, and decorative arts traces the development of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present.


3. American Museum of Natural History, NYC

200 Central Park West (At 79th Street), New York, New York
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The American Museum of Natural History has more than 32 million specimens. It features a remarkable planetarium and an interactive discovery room.

4. Country Music Hall of Fame; Nashville, TN

222 5th Ave, Nashville, Tennessee 37203
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The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s core mission to preserve, interpret and teach the history of country music.

5. Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach

1341 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach, Virginia 23457
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The Military Aviation Museum is home to one of the largest private collections of World War I and World War II era military aircraft in the world. Each has been beautifully restored to its prior military condition, using original parts whenever possible. Most of the planes are airworthy and flown at the museum during flight demonstrations and at air shows throughout the year.

6. Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, DC

10th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20560
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The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s preeminent museum and research complex. The Museum is dedicated to inspiring curiosity, discovery, and learning about the natural world through its unparalleled research, collections, exhibitions, and education outreach programs. Opened in 1910, the green-domed museum on the National Mall was among the first Smithsonian building constructed exclusively to house the national collections and research facilities.

7. Maymont Mansion; Richmond, VA

1700 Hampton St, Richmond, VA 23220
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At Maymont Mansion, the gardens and historic artifacts have been masterfully restored so that the Gilded Age estate looks much as it did as the Dooleys’ home from 1893 to 1925. Come for the beautiful scenery, but stay for the history lesson!

8. Jamestown Settlement; Williamsburg, VA

Jamestown Settlement : 2110 Jamestown Road, Route 31 S, Williamsburg, 23185, Williamsburg, Virginia
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Jamestown Settlement lets you enter the world of 17 century settlers. You can explore their forts, speak to villagers or explore Powhatan village.

9. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello; Charlottesville, VA

931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Monticello was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who, after inheriting quite a large amount of land from his father, started building Monticello when he was 26 years old. Located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Piedmont region, the plantation was originally 5,000 acres.

10. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; Richmond, VA

200 North Boulevard, Richmond, Virginia 23220
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all.


11. Greensboro Science Center; Greensboro, NC

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4301 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro, North Carolina
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The Greensboro Science Center is located in the heart of downtown. It is a three in one experience, an aquarium, museum, and zoo are all included in this experience. A great place to take the kids!

12. American Visionary Art Museum; Baltimore, MD

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
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American Visionary Art Museum is America’s official national museum and education center for self-taught, intuitive artistry. Three renovated historic industrial buildings house wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon–all inspired by the fire within.

13. First Center for the Visual Arts; Nashville, TN

919 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
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The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is a nonprofit art-exhibition center, with approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space, dedicated to presenting the finest visual art from local, state and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions.

Unlike any traditional museum you’ve ever visited, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts has become a magnet for Nashville’s rapidly expanding visual arts scene. With an exhibitions schedule that has new art flowing through the magnificent Art Deco building every 6 to 8 weeks, no matter how often you visit, there is always something new and exciting to see in the spacious galleries.

14. The Baltimore Museum of Art; Baltimore, MD

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10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218
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The Baltimore Museum of Art’s world-renowned collection, scenic sculpture garden, and family programs are free for everyone, every day!

15. International Civil Rights Center & Museum; Greensboro, NC

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134 S Elm Street, Greensboro, North Carolina
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Maybe the most important piece of Greensboro and North Carolina history is the civil rights event that took place in the city and shaped the way the country would be for the following years. Visit this museum and experience the trial and tribulations experienced in that time.

16. The Virginia Living Museum; Newport News, VA

524 J Clyde Morris Blvd Newport News, Virginia
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Get up close and personal with Virginia wildlife or watch the stars in the planetarium.

17. Old Salem Museums & Garden; Winston-Salem, NC

600 South Main Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Old Salem is a great live history experience. You can walk through the streets and get the feel of what it was like to live in the city hundreds of years ago.

18. Virginia Museum of Transportation; Roanoke, VA

303 Norfolk Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
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In the Rail Yard, explore historic steam and diesel engines, cabooses, and other rail equipment as modern trains rumble past. Inside the Museum, enjoy model trains and hands-on exhibits, stroll among antique automobiles, and explore the truck, bus, and aviation exhibits!

19. Henricus Historical Park; Chester, VA

251 Henricus Park Rd, Chester, Virginia 23836
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Henricus Historical Park is a living museum dedicated to the second successful English settlement.

20. Taubman Museum of Art; Roanoke, VA

110 Salem Ave SE, Roanoke, VA 24011
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As a center for the visual arts, Taubman Museum of Art encourages a free exchange between the making of art, the display of art and the interpretation of art. Their programs endeavor to explore creativity from inspiration to presentation with the goal of engaging and intriguing audiences.

21. Reynolda House Museum of American Art; Winston-Salem, NC

2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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The Reynolda House is all about preserving and curating art so that it is in pristine condition and available to show on a daily basis. With masterpieces from Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart, this museum is a must see for any art lover.

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