Must-Visit Museums to see on your American Tour


Home to some of the world’s greatest treasures, while also telling the story of America’s history, each museum offers an experience you’re sure not to forget in a hurry. With so many to choose from, here’s our guide to some of the best to visit along the way. 

Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Standing as the region’s foremost forum devoted to the exploration and presentation of the art of our time, the luxury tour of the USA, a visit to either museum is a must.

USS IOWA Museum – Los Angeles

For an unparalleled window into the history of the American military, the USS Iowa Museum in Los Angeles is a sight not to be missed. The star feature of the museum is the USS Iowa (BB-61), the lead ship of the Iowa class battleship and now the last lead ship of any class of United States battleships. When we got in touch with the museum, here are a few words they had to offer explaining why it’s one of the unmissable museums on your tour of the USA.

“Our museum is famous for the number of Presidents the IOWA hosted, especially the transit to the Tehran conference with Churchill and Stalin.  At this conference it was decided to invade Europe.  Discussions were most likely had on board the IOWA regarding D-day on the return voyage.  In addition, the IOWA went on to serve during three different decades and protected freedom throughout the world.

Newseum – Washington D.C

An interactive museum of news and journalism, Newseum really does offer something for all types of visitor. From the display of the Berlin wall outside of Germany, to the front pages of newspapers from all over the world, it’s hardly surprising that Newseum is constantly ranked among the best museums across the States. Here’s a few reasons why you should visit the Newseum, from the organisers themselves:

“There is something for everyone at the Newseum which is why so many tour groups from around the world have chosen to visit during their travels to Washington DC. If you are into photography then the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery on level one is where you’ll want to spend most of your time. If you like history and want to see artifacts from the last 500 years of news reporting then the News History Gallery on level five is for you.

Visitors who like to be in front of the camera can try their hand at our Be A TV Reporter experience on level two in our Interactive Newsroom. Lastly, the view of Washington from our 6th floor terrace is second to none and it’s a very popular spot for family photos.”

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Our guide moves on to the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Comprising of the De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park, it stands as the biggest public arts institution in the city. The De Young Museum has been thriving in the city since 1895, and moved into the futuristic home in October 2005. With over 150,000 objects in the permanent collection, it is organised into six regions to help visitors make the most of their experience.

Also part of the Museum is the Legion of Honor, a full-scale replica of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition and is home to an art collection spanning over 4,000 years. Included in the collection are European paintings, sculptures, decorative arts and ancient arts from the Mediterranean basin.

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – New York

Found on New York’s famed Fifth Avenue, the Guggenheim was established in 1939 and takes its name after the death of its founder – Solomon R. Guggenheim. The building, which the museum moved into in 1995, is unmistakable and considered by many as a landmark work of 20th century architecture. The contents inside are centred round a series of private collections, including the original collection of Mr Guggenheim. Among the famous works include The Yellow Cow by Franz Marc, The Flying Carriage by Marc Chagall and Brooklyn Bridge by Albert Gleizes.

Image Credit: Newseum

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