If there’s one thing you will find a lot of in the Northeast, it’s museums.
The biggest cities, including New York, Boston, and Philadelphia, are chock full of some of the best museums in the United States. But there are lots of great and exciting museums in many smaller towns too.
So if you’re exploring both the main streets and back roads of this part of the country, you can find plenty of options.
Here are a few of our favorite museums in the Northeast.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Known simply as “The Met” it’s one of the worlds premier museums. It has over 5,000 years worth of various art forms; from fashion to painting and sculpture and everything in between. If you’re in New York City, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has to be on your list. It’s also on the grounds of Central Park. That means it’s perfect for a pleasant stroll before or after a day at the museum.
Coast Guard Academy and Museum
The US Coast Guard Academy is located in New London, Connecticut. There, you can not only tour the grounds of the academy but visit the museum too. You’ll learn about the history of the Coast Guard and get to see some of the ships and training methods they use, including the tall ship Eagle.
In Providence, Rhode Island, you’ll find the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum. It has a great mix of old and new. You can find Egyptian mummy sarcophagus side by side with the works of Andy Warhol and famous Rhode Island-based furniture designers from the 1700s.
Nantucket Whaling Museum
At one time, the small island of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts was the epicenter of whaling in the world. This museum tells the story of the times. You’ll learn how whalers practiced this dangerous job, the materials used from whales, and see how times changed and whaling went out of practice.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
This might just be one of the prettiest museums you’ll ever have the pleasure of visiting. Situated in the once home of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a wealthy Boston socialite, it houses her personal art collection created for the benefit of the public. It’s also home to one of the most infamous art heists in America, which is still unsolved.
Museum of the American Revolution
Philadelphia’s Museum of the American Revolution really brings history to life. Learn through a timeline of interactive exhibits how the battle between the British and Americans started and was eventually won. The museum also hosts special exhibitions featuring the art and stories of people from the time.
The Shelburne Museum is one of the more unique in the Northeast. It holds thousands of Americana related art and design in over two dozen historic buildings on over 45 acres in Shelburne, Vermont. One of the most popular exhibits is the dry-docked steamship Ticonderoga, originally built to transport passengers across Lake Champlain.
While there are dozens more to add to the list, these are a few of our favorite museums in the Northeast. Next time you’re in any of these destinations, make sure you stop by and take a tour.