There are more than 35,000 museums in the United States, according to a figure released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. That means there’s more than twice as many museums in the country as there are McDonald’s restaurants – a staggering figure. Help us narrow it down to the 10 best museums in each category by voting for your favorites.
You can vote once per category, per day until voting ends on Monday, February 13 at noon ET. The winners will be announced on Friday, February 24.
Click on each category below to vote:
Best Art Museum
Which art museums gets your vote? — Photo courtesy of iStock / shironosov
The United States is home to some of the world’s most impressive art museums showcasing some of the most famous and comprehensive collections. Whether you’re interested in the classics or the best of contemporary art, you’ll find it at one of these museums from coast to coast. Which is your favorite art museum?
Best Children’s Museum
Keep the kids engaged at the best children’s museums — Photo courtesy of Thinkstock Images
It can be a challenge to keep kids entertained while traveling, especially on days when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Luckily, these 20 museums, chosen as the best for families in the U.S., offer interactive and engaging experiences for kids and adults alike. Help us narrow it down to the top 10 by voting for your favorite.
Best Free Museum
Some of the best museums are totally free — Photo courtesy of iStock / JackF
Some of the nation’s most captivating, enriching and enlightening museums have one great thing in common – admission is free. Vote for your favorite free museum once per day until polls close on Monday, February 13 at noon ET.
Best History Museum
Step back in time at the top history museums — Photo courtesy of iStock / monkeybusinessimages
Whether you’re interested in American history, or millennia of human history, you can learn a lot about the past with a visit to one of these incredible history museums. Some have broad, encyclopedic collections, while others are specific to a certain historical moment. Which one gets your vote?
Best Music Museum
Enjoy all facets of music from the science of sound to music history at these music museums — Photo courtesy of iStock / michelangeloop
The United States has been the birthplace of numerous musical genres, and some of the world’s most famous singers, songwriters and performing artists start here. These museums celebrate American musical history, through the lens of a specific artist or genre, or with a big-picture approach. Vote now for your favorite music museum.
Best Pop Culture Museum
Which pop culture museum is your favorite? — Photo courtesy of urbancow // Getty Images
America has long been a hotbed of pop culture, and these museums celebrate the very best of it, from movies and sports to beloved condiments and urban legends. Which pop culture museum is your fave?
Best Religious Museum
Learn about different religions and cultures at these museums — Photo courtesy of iStock / Rike_
You don’t have to be religious to appreciate the stories and collections at these museums, each dedicated to sharing the history, culture, art or traditions of some of the world’s diverse religious groups and faith communities. These include the country’s best Jewish museums, religious art collections, heritage centers and more. Which museums gets your vote?
Best Science Museum
Cast your vote for the best science museum — Photo courtesy of macniak // Getty Images
From ancient dinosaurs to futuristic technology, science and natural history come alive at these museums across the country. Which science museum do you think is the best?
Remember, you can vote once per day in each category. The 10 nominees with the most votes in each category will be announced on 10Best.com on Friday, February 24.