Every city in the U.S. has at least one art gallery, and most have two or three. There are over 30,000 museums and art galleries in the country. Some of these stand out above the rest as the best galleries in the U.S. They have been designated as the best because of the number of visitors who walk through their doors each year. There may be less well-known art galleries in the country with very good displays, but without the large number of visitors, they will not be designated as top museums.
The top art museum and gallery in the U.S., based on 2010 results, is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It ranks Number 3, coming in after Number 1, Louvre in Paris and Number 2, British Museum in London. 5.217 million visitors came to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2010. The most visited work of art was by Picasso, which ranked Number 8 of the top 30 exhibitions in the world, as per the Art newspaper. There is also a variety of special exhibitions in addition to the museum’s standard collections.
New York has one more museum that rated in the Top 10 Art Galleries in the World. It is the Museum of Modern Art, rated Number 7. There were over three million visitors to this site in 2010. The displays at this site reflect the modern world with paintings, sculptures, and graphics of all kinds. Besides the exhibitions, the museum features many lectures and films that are related to modern art.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts in Boston is a very large and traditional gallery. There are over 200 galleries of art works, including sculptures and paintings, including works by Van Gogh, Picasso, Rembrandt, Monet, and others. The museum is known for its Asian and Egyptian collections, early American art, and for its Impressionist paintings. There are many other art galleries in Boston, including three different museums within the Harvard University Art Museums. Together, the three museums are home to over 150,000 works of art from around the world.
The National Gallery of Art, located in Washington, DC, is another top art museum in the country. It consists of two buildings called the West Building and the East Building that are connected by an underground passageway. This gallery is located on the National Mall. The Art Institute of Chicago is another top museum in the U.S. It is also an art school that houses over 300,000 works of art, making this collection one of the best in the world.
There are many other fine art galleries that reflect the culture of various parts of the country. In Carmel, California it is possible to find galleries that specialize in California art, contemporary art, Indian pottery and others. For example, the Big Sur Gallery celebrates the artists of the Big Sur Coast. Each of the 30 or so artists featured at this gallery have unique displays that reflect their own style and particular talent. The Hanson Gallery in Carmel also features a variety of artists and their works. Each state in the U.S. has its smaller galleries that display and sell modern works of art.
In addition, most universities and colleges that have fine arts degree programs and large art departments also have galleries. These may feature student art work or the works of artisans from the general area. The University of Notre Dame’s Snite Museum is one very large and famous art museum that is located within a university. Notre Dame’s College of Arts & Letters students contribute to student displays at Snite Museum, and the museum features many other contemporary and traditional works of art.