Through the United States’ history and constant blending of cultures, it is hard not to find a place where a valuable lesson could be taught to students about the Land of the Free. Many American cities are flooded with countless museums and galleries to adhere to groups of all ages, but a few places in particular stand out from the rest. Immerse yourself in all subjects and cultures in these U.S. cities with the best museums.

Washington D.C.

From education to entertainment, the capital of the United States is a treasure trove for student groups. The world-famous Smithsonian Institution covers all over the map hitting natural history, space exploration, and everything in between. Another notable spot is the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where students can explore America’s memorial adaptation to the Holocaust. Some honorable mentions include the National Gallery of Art, The National Museum of African American History and Culture, or any of the historic memorials and landmarks scattered throughout the city, including the one and only White House.

New York City

New York City has always been a cultural hub, with its vast history and swarms of people that enter this city every single day. It’s safe to say it is easily one of the U.S. cities with the best museums. With spots like the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met), the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), and The Guggenheim, there is not a single famous Art piece your students won’t’ know by the end of your trip. There’s even a Museum Mile—a stretch along 5th Avenue that’s overflowing with galleries and museums. If you’re looking for a great history lesson, the American Museum of Natural History and the 9/11 Memorial have got you covered.


The entire state of Colorado is home to some extraordinary museums, but its capital city reigns supreme over the others being home to the Molly Brown House Museum to the History Colorado Center. Denver itself also presents a golden opportunity for learning about the American West. Visiting groups can also check out the massive collection at the Forney Museum of Transportation or marvel at the interactive experiences at the Denver Art Museum.

New Orleans

Mardi Gras isn’t the only attraction drawing people to visit New Orleans, but as well as its melting pot culture. New Orleans holds a high standard with their impressive collections at the Louisiana State Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art. For something truly unique and sure to make an impact on students, groups can spend a day at the Backstreet Cultural Museum. Here you’ll find a plethora of artifacts, costumes, art, and other memorabilia displaying New Orleans’ rich African American culture and history.

By Alyssa Mastando

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