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39 Museums Around The World To Visit Before You Die

"The first time I was there, I @#*%ing cried.”

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1. EMP Museum

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Where: Seattle

"Incredibly immersive and amazing — instruments to learn about, instruments to play, instruments playing themselves, a level about horror movies, a section on music videos, indie video games…I could spend days there." —alisony

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2. Newseum

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Where: Washington, D.C.

"The ONLY paid museum in D.C. that I've truly thought was worth it. You wouldn't think a museum dedicated to news would be so fascinating, but I spent hours there poring over everything." —Susan Fry, Facebook

3. The Mütter Museum

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Where: Philadelphia

"It’s little, but filled with ALL THE CREEPY BODILY THINGS. Like the Soap Lady and part of Einstein’s brain." —catherinea4bad3ee55

4. The Walt Disney Family Museum

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Where: San Francisco

"Every visit feels like a magical, behind-the-scenes tour of Disneyland." —Jenny Bakos, Facebook

5. Museo Picasso Málaga

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Where: Málaga, Spain

"It’s located in Picasso’s city of birth in a beautiful building dating back to the 16th century. It has an incredible collection of priceless Picasso masterpieces." —morganc4ec35facb

6. Ringling Museum of Art

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Where: Sarasota, Florida

"It combines two circus museums, the gardens, as well as a fabulous art collection. It sits on the water so you can relax on the terrace and see dolphins and other marine life. #bestmuseum." —rachelm4f1d31d51

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7. Lennusadam

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Where: Tallinn, Estonia

"The museum is located in a huge former seaplane hangar. There’s a big submarine and some interactive things there! Totally worth visiting!" —ernolll

8. Canadian War Museum

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Where: Ottawa

"Each section focuses on a different conflict, and you are completely immersed. You walk through no man’s land, storm the beach on D-Day, and walk through a Cold War bunker. Absolutely amazing." —katiev89

9. The Barnes Foundation

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Where: Philadelphia

"It has the largest collection of impressionistic paintings outside of Paris." —greekTVgeek

10. Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art

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Where: North Adams, Massachusetts

"A hidden gem in the most beautiful part of the state housing a seriously impressive rotating collection of contemporary art." —tessf4494c6231

11. Oregon Museum of Science & Industry

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Where: Portland, Oregon

"There’s a chem lab, planetarium, robotics demos, brain games, physics stations, and ever changing exhibits. Easily the coolest place in Portland." — destinystegall

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12. National Museum of Crime and Punishment

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Where: Washington, D.C.

"If you like blood, gore, and creepy crime-related stuff, the Museum of Crime and Punishment in D.C. is a neat stop (they have Bonnie and Clyde's bullet-riddled car, serial killers' artwork, and other neat stuff)". —Juliet Landeck, Facebook

13. The Dali Museum

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Where: St. Petersburg, Florida

"The new building is a work of art itself. Seeing his paintings in person is mind-blowing!!! Some are 15 feet tall." —melanieh4d6281026

14. The Field Museum

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Where: Chicago

"Home of Sue — the most complete T. rex ever found — the man-eating lions of Tsavo, and much more!!!" —lizzettee

15. Musei Vaticani

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Where: Rome

"In my opinion, they are the most amazing collection of art in the world! From Ancient Egypt through the Middle Ages and Renaissance to modern art. And this labyrinth of beautifully decorated rooms and corridors makes it even more amazing!" —emiliaw4cd90fca6

16. Tate Modern

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Where: London

"It’s an old electrical facility that was stripped on the inside to be an indoor space for installation. It’s an amazing place to view the installation space from different angles and explore different eras of art." —annap43335e0be

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17. The National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel

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Where: Memphis

"It's moving, educational, and incredibly well-done exhibits about some upsetting periods in history." —erks1985

18. The National WWII Museum

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Where: New Orleans

"It gave me a whole new appreciation for what happened during World War II." —jennifers43b924f85

19. Perot Museum of Nature and Science

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Where: Dallas,

"They have so many exhibits! You can create music, do scientific experiments, experience earthquakes, create your own bird, see how fast you run compared to dinosaurs, and so much more!" —robynb47e048e38

20. House on the Rock

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Where: Spring Green, Wisconsin

"One of the most fascinating and eccentric museums." —dizzyizzy316

21. Victoria and Albert Museum

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Where: London

"It’s not so big that it’s overwhelming, confusing, or hard to see everything it offers. It has some amazing pieces and really beautiful artwork. I mean, pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook?! Awesome!" —tldybas

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22. Bakken Museum

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Where: Minneapolis

"It’s all about electricity and has a spooky Frankenstein show." —babydolllolita

23. Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

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Where: Washington, D.C.

"Not only does it have some awesome photography, it has the COOLEST sculptures. The place is huge and every section is unique. A must if you’re visiting D.C." —jessicagalazn

24. Titanic Belfast

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Where: Belfast

"It utilizes technology and visitor interaction in such a unique way. And there’s a ride inside. Who wouldn’t love a museum with a ride?!" —rachels73

25. Shedd Aquarium

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Where: Chicago

"It’s beautiful inside and out; an oceanic escape in the heart of a city." —simonel2

26. The Henry Ford

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Where: Dearborn, Michigan

"Cars, famously designed furniture, and artifacts that signify historic changes in America, like the Rosa Parks bus, Lincoln's chair, and the Wright Brothers' cycle shop. Plus, newborn lambs — who doesn’t love newborn lambs?" —melsafoster

27. California Academy of Sciences

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Where: San Francisco

"There's an indoor rainforest, an IMAX/planetarium super combo, and an amazing aquarium, all under one plant-covered, living roof. They are constantly creating new exhibits...so every visit is a new adventure." —Hannah Creque, Facebook

28. City Museum

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Where: St. Louis

"It’s every adult’s dream playground." —Samantha Fong

29. The National Museum of History

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Where: Mexico City

"It's in a castle on top of a hill, in the middle of a forest, that sits in the middle of the city. It overlooks the city skyline, and the grounds are beautiful. The first time I was there, I fucking cried." —Berenice Reyes Hernandez, Facebook

30. Worcester Art Museum

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Where: Worcester, Massachusetts

"Every time I see the giant mosaic on the floor, every time I take a deep breath in the pottery room and smell the smells of ancient relics or get to see the armory donated by Higgins Armory, I just get butterflies in my stomach." —micheladelpo

31. The Frick Collection

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Where: New York City

"It's an old family's house and collection that got turned into a museum after the patriarch's death. BEAUTIFUL artwork and STUNNING architecture." —Jill Ryan Haer, Facebook

32. International Spy Museum

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Where: Washington, D.C.

"Coolest museum there is, hands down. There’s an exhibit where you can crawl through an air vent, which pretty much EVERYONE has wanted to do at one point in their lives." —stephanieh4690622cd

33. Museum of Broken Relationships

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Where: Zagreb, Croatia

"Incredibly interesting and one of my favorites that I’ve been to! People from around the world mailed in items that reminded themselves of their broken relationships with a blurb about what happened." —marissas4a407bb65

34. Museum of Islamic Art

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Where: Doha, Qatar

"The most beautiful museum I’ve ever seen." —avaawesome

35. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Where: Washington, D.C.

"It's incredibly impactful and stays with you forever. They have shoes that people would have to take off when they arrived at the concentration camps, covered in tar to preserve them. They even have a section that helps some younger children better understand the Holocaust. It’s a place that taught me more in two hours than I ever learned in a history class." — miak4291b1e2c

36. American Visionary Art Museum

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Where: Baltimore

"They have fart art, a 15-foot pink poodle, and a full mosaic school bus!" —hannahmariep

37. Mattress Factory

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Where: Pittsburgh

"So many awesome installations and an artist-in-residence program! But the star, in my opinion, is the Infinity Dots Mirrored Room." —Erin Kelly Powell, Facebook

38. Musée de la Renaissance

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Where: Écouen, France

"To get to it you have to take a train to the city it’s in, and then hike through a forest to arrive at the museum. The museum itself is beautiful inside and out. Plus, it isn’t well-known, so one can expect to roam around the once château in silence and solitude. Truly wonderful." —tarah447a2382b

39. Museum Island

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Where: Berlin

"While it technically isn’t a museum itself, there are lots of amazing museums there, including art and history museums. The buildings themselves are amazing too." —mariahm8

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