According to a recent survey, about 36 percent of Americans are planning to visit a museum this fall. If you count yourself among them, these are the top 10 institutions of art, science, and history to put on your list.
TripAdvisor looked at the quality and quantity of reviews and ratings at museums on its platform across a 12-month period to determine which most impressed travelers. For the second year in a row, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City was crowned the best museum in both the United States and the world.
Last year, the Met received 6.3 million visitors, making it the sixth most-visited museum. (Though apparently, visitors thought it was more impressive than The Louvre, or the British Museum in London.)
New York City dominated the domestic list, with three museums snagging spots on the top 10 list. While the American Museum of Natural History—best known for the enormous blue whale replica hanging from the ceiling—has been attracting visitors since 1869, the National 9/11 Museum opened far more recently, in 2014.
Even if you’ve been to one of these museums a thousand times before, new and rotating exhibits, expansions, and programming keeps culturevores coming back for more.