All the museums
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston was founded on February 4, 1870. On July 3, 1876, the MFA opened the doors of its first building on Copley Square. The museum reopened in its present Guy Lowell–designed, neoclassical structure on Huntington Avenue on November 2, 1909. In May 1999, the MFA commissioned renowned architectural firm, Foster and Partners, based in London, U.K., to design a new Master Site Plan, which was unveiled in February 2002. The development of the MFA’s Ancient American collection, which numbers some 1,100 pieces, was largely the work of Trustee Landon T. Clay and Lavinia Clay. Their gifts of works of pre-Columbian art—in particular their gifts of gold works in 1971 and 1975, and a donation in 1988 of a superb group of Maya polychrome ceramics—have created a collection of outstanding beauty and depth. The collection of Native American works from North America was assembled through museum purchases and gifts. These include gifts from museum founder Charles G. Loring, artists Laura F. Andreson and Margaret Craver Withers, the Seminarians; and other friends of the MFA’s Art of the Americas Department. Though not large, this collection began in 1877 and has been especially active since the mid-1980s. It is very strong in Pueblo objects, ancient Southwestern ceramics, and Pacific Northwest works. The museum also has an important collection of tribal musical instruments, including examples from Africa, Oceania, Native North America, and pre-Columbian and Native South American cultures. The core of the collection was formed in 1917 with the gift of the Francis W. Galpin Collection of musical instruments. The Oceanic collection is small but of generally good quality and contains some material from the Hooper Collection. The African collection is largely the result of the efforts of William and Bertha Teel, who have donated part and loaned the rest of their substantial collection to the MFA.
Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
Explore the world through music at MIM. This unique museum, which displays more than 5,000 instruments and related objects from every country in the world, is ranked Phoenix’s number one attraction on TripAdvisor and the fourth Best Museum for Families nationwide by USA Today Travel. Wireless technology and high-resolution video screens allow guests to hear and see instruments being played in their original settings. MIM also features the Artist Gallery which highlights iconic instruments played by celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, the Black Eyed Peas, and many others! Another hotspot is the Experience Gallery, where guests of all ages will find guitars to strum, rattles to shake, gongs to bang and other intriguing instruments that can be touched and played.
National Archaeological Museum of Florence
The National Archaeological Museum of Florence (Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze) is one of the oldest museums of its kind in Italy. It holds Etruscan, Greek and Roman collections, and houses the Egyptian Museum, the second largest collection of Egyptian artefacts in Italy, after that in Turin. The museum was inaugurated in 1870 by King Victor Emmanuel II, soon after which it needed to be relocated due to lack of space to its current location Palazzo della Crocetta, a palace built in 1620 for princess Maria Maddalena de’ Medici, sister of Cosimo II de’ Medici.
National Museum of African Art
The National Museum of African Art is the nation’s premier museum dedicated exclusively to the collection, conservation, study and exhibition of Africa’s traditional and contemporary arts. Founded in 1964 by Warren M. Robbins as a private educational institution, the Museum of African Art became part of the Smithsonian Institution in 1979, and in 1981 it was officially renamed the National Museum of African Art. Sylvia H. Williams and Roy Seiber joined the museum in 1983 as director and associate director for research and collections, respectively. Plans were made for a new facility on the National Mall that would be accessible to a new and larger audience, and in 1987 the museum relocated to its current facility. Plans are in the works for further renovation of its display space and for a dynamic expansion of its permanent collection and its exhibition program. The collection of the NMAfA ranges from ceramics, textiles, furniture, and tools to masks, figures, and musical instruments. The collection currently contains more than 8,400 traditional objects. The mission of the NMAfA also includes African contemporary art.
National Museum of Scotland
The National Museum of Scotland was voted the number one museum in the UK by TripAdvisor, and is one of the top 10 UK visitor attractions; the most popular in Scotland. Fresh from a £47 million redevelopment, the Museum houses a spectacular array of over 20,000 fascinating artefacts. Our magnificently diverse collections will take you on an inspirational journey through the history of Scotland, the wonders of nature, world cultures and the excitement of science and discovery – all under one roof.
National Museum of Singapore
The National Museum of Singapore is the nation’s oldest museum with a progressive mind. Its galleries adopt cutting-edge and multi-perspective ways of presenting history and culture to redefine conventional museum experience. A cultural and architectural landmark in Singapore, the Museum hosts innovative festivals and events all year round—the dynamic Night Festival, visually arresting art installations, as well as amazing performances and film screenings—in addition to presenting thought-provoking exhibitions involving critically important collections of artefacts. The programming is supported by a wide range of facilities and services including F&B, retail and a Resource Centre. The Museum refreshed its permanent galleries and re-opened them on 19 September 2015 for Singapore’s Golden Jubilee.
National Museum of the American Indian
The National Museum of the American Indian is part of the Smithsonian Institution and is dedicated to the life, languages, literature, history, and arts of the Native Americans of the Western Hemisphere. It has three facilities: the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., which opened on September 21, 2004, on Fourth Street and Independence Avenue, Southwest; the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent museum in New York City; and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Maryland. The foundations for the present collections were first assembled in the former Museum of the American Indian in New York City, which was established in 1916, and which became part of the Smithsonian in 1990.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
You are invited to discover some of the 34,500 pieces in the collection of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. From ceramic objects found in ancient Chinese tombs to whimsical sculptures of badminton birdies, the Nelson-Atkins collection spans over 5,000 years of humanity. Don’t miss the award-winning Bloch Building featuring modern and contemporary art. The museum features Rozzelle Court Restaurant, fashioned after an open-air Italian featuring the oldest fountain in Kansas City. The museum’s store offers extensive selections of art and design books, home décor, cards, exhibition catalogs, CDs and unusual gift items. A place for quiet relaxation, creative inspiration, or an exhilarating start to your weekend - the Nelson-Atkins invites you to experience one of the country's pre-eminent cultural destinations.