General Museums

  • American Association of Museums Professional organization for more than 3,100 institutional members, including art, history, science, military and maritime, and youth museums, as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens, arboretums, historic sites, and science and technology centers. Can search by location for accredited museums.
  • Art Museum Network Provides a platform for sharing collections and exhibitions information among its almost 200 members.
  • Art Museums Worldwide This Artcyclopedia directory is organized geographically and provides links to the museums' websites.
  • Kansas Museums Association The Kansas Museums Association (KMA) is the statewide organization for museums, historical societies, art galleries, nature centers, zoos, convention and visitor centers and libraries. An institutional members directory, which is organized by city, provides links to the websites of most of its member museums.
  • Paris: Musées, collections et art dans la ville The website of the City of Paris has links and information for museums, collections and art in the city (in French).

Architectural Museums

  • Alvar Aalto Museum Founded in 1966, The Alvar Aalto Museum in Finland is a specialist museum of architecture and design, and a national and international center for information about Alvar Aalto, with extensive collections that form the basis for its exhibitions and publications.
  • Canadian Centre for Architecture Located in Montreal, the CCA was founded in 1979 to build public awareness of the role of architecture in society, promote scholarly research in the field, and stimulate innovation in design practice.
  • Chicago Athaeneum: The Museum of Architecture and Design Founded in 1988, the Museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning.
  • Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, Paris Situated on the Place du Trocadéro in Paris’s 16th arrondissement, the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine opened in 2007 as an homage to its home country’s rich architectural past. Containing a sizable architectural library in addition to its exhibition spaces, the museum’s most frequented attraction, however, is its Musée des Monuments Français, a plaster-cast collection of Gothic and Medieval architectural elements.
  • Deutches Architekturmuseum Located in Frankfurt am Main, the DAM's collection focuses on 20th century architecture with some 180,000 architectural plans, drawings and sketches, some 600 models as well as pictures and items of furniture.
  • National Building Museum Located in Washington, D.C, the National Building Museum is America’s leading cultural institution devoted to interpreting the history and impact of the built environment.
  • Skyscraper Museum Located in New York City, the world's first and foremost vertical metropolis, the Skyscraper Museum celebrates the City's rich architectural heritage and examines the historical forces and individuals that have shaped its successive skylines.


Art Museums

  • Association of Art Museum Directors Intended to support its members in increasing the contribution of art museums to society, the AAMD accomplishes this mission by establishing and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice; serving as forum for the exchange of information and ideas; acting as an advocate for its member art museums; and being a leader in shaping public discourse about the arts community and the role of art in society.
  • Art Provides links to more than 4000 art galleries, art museums, and non-profit art centers. Also has information on art appraisers, art auctions, art bookstores, and art fairs. Can be searched by state name or by selected list of city names.
  • Art Institute of Chicago Founded in 1879, the collection now encompasses more than 5,000 years of human expression from cultures around the world.
  • Art Museum Network Provides a platform for sharing collections and exhibitions information among its almost 200 members.
  • British Museum Located in London and founded in 1753 to promote universal understanding through the arts, natural history and science in a public museum, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history.
  • Cleveland Museum of Art The museum's collection includes more than 40,000 objects and has an active program to provide online access to information about and images of each object in the collection.
  • Discover Islamic Art A virtual museum of the Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF). 14 countries from around the Mediterranean and the European Union have collaborated on producing a virtual museum of Islamic art and material culture in the Mediterranean region. All these artefacts, monuments and sites cover the various Islamic dynasties and cultures of the Mediterranean region spanning some 1,280 years from 634 when the Muslim Arab armies first entered the Levant, to the fall of the Ottoman Empire at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco The de Young Museum has a collection of American paintings, decorative arts and crafts, and arts from Africa, Oceania and the Americas, as well as western and non-western textiles, and the Legion of Honor Museum has a collection of European decorative arts and paintings, Ancient art, and one of the largest collections of prints and drawings in the country.
  • Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library Located in New York City, the collection consists of some of the best-known paintings by the European artists, major works of sculpture, superb eighteenth-century French furniture and porcelains, Limoges enamels, Oriental rugs, and other works of remarkable quality. There is a searchable database of works of art in the Frick collection. The Library's collections of 300,000 books, 75,000 auction catalogs, and more than one million photographs are complemented by a large collection of microforms and a growing number of electronic resources. In addition, the Library is a repository for archives and special collections documenting the history of art and collecting in America.
  • Galleria degli Uffizi One of the most famous museums of paintings and sculpture in the world. Its collection of Primitive and Renaissance paintings comprises several universally acclaimed masterpieces of all time.
  • Guggenheim Museums Combined website for the five Guggenheim museums in New York, Venice, Bilbao, Berlin, and Las Vegas. The collections all focus on 20th-21st century art.
  • J. Paul Getty Museum With two locations, both in the Los Angeles area, the museum at the Getty Center houses European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, decorative arts, and European and American photographs while the museum at the Getty Villa in Malibu houses approximately 44,000 works of art from the Museum's extensive collection of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities.
  • Joslyn Art Museum Opened in 1931 and located in Omaha, the Joslyn features works from antiquity to the present with a special emphasis on 19th- and 20th-century art from Europe and America.
  • Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Located in Kansas City, the museum opened in 1994 and has a collection of works by modern and contemporary artists from around the world.
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art With more than 100,000 works of art, LACMA is the largest encyclopedic museum west of Chicago.
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Located in New York City, the Metropolitan Museum's collection contains more than two million works of art from all points of the compass, ancient through modern times. About 6,500 objects-highlights from each of the Museum's curatorial departments as well as the entire Department of European Paintings and the entire Department of American Paintings and Sculpture-can be accessed online.
  • Museum of Modern Art Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, MOMA is located in New York City and dedicated to being the foremost museum of modern art in the world.
  • Museum With No Frontiers The Museum With No Frontiers is the world’s largest online museum. It is a collaborative project between the E.U. and dozens of galleries and museums around the world. The site has three thematic sections: Discover Islamic Art, Discover Baroque Art, and Discover Carpet Art.
  • National Art Museum of China One of the largest art museums in China, this museum showcases collections of ancient & modern Chinese artwork.
  • National Gallery of Art Located in Washington, DC, the NGA houses one of the finest collections in the world illustrating major achievements in painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and works on paper from the Middle Ages to the present. Records on all of the more than 110,000 objects and images of more than 6,000 objects in the collection are available online.
  • National Gallery, London The National Gallery, London houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world, with works dating from about 1250 onwards. The entire National Gallery permanent collection and long-term loans are illustrated and described in the collection online.
  • Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Located in Kansas City, MO, the Nelson has collections of more than 34,000 works of art with special emphasis on Asian, American, European, sculpture, and photography.
  • Philbrook Museum of Art Built on 23 lush acres in 1927 by oilman Waite Phillips, Philbrook has evolved over time from grand family estate to a fine art museum and a showcase of collections from around the world.
  • Smithsonian Institution Provides links to the 15 museums that comprise the Smithsonian Institution as well as the various research and outreach divisions.
  • Spencer Museum of Art As part of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, the SMA has a permanent collection of more than 25,000 works of art spanning the history of European, North American, and East Asian art. Areas of special strength include medieval art; European and American paintings, sculpture, and prints; photography; Japanese Edo-period painting and prints; and 20th-century Chinese painting.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Located in London, the V&A is a world treasure house with collections of fabulous scope and diversity. The Museum holds over 3000 years worth of artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures.
  • Wichita Art Museum Established in 1915, this is the largest art museum in Kansas. Its mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit American art, and educate the public about America's artistic heritage and evolving cultural identity.


Design Museums

  • Bauhaus-Archiv Museum of Design Located in Berlin, this is the world's largest collection on Bauhaus, one of the most important schools of design, architecture and art in the 20th century.
  • Chicago Athaeneum: the Museum of Architecture and Design Founded in 1988, the Museum is dedicated to the Art of Design in all areas of the discipline: architecture, industrial, and product design, graphics, and urban planning.
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum The only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming.
  • Design Museum, Helsinki, Finland This ultra-modern museum features a permanent collection devoted to the history of Finnish design as well as rotating exhibits in industrial design, fashion and graphic design.
  • Design Museum, London Website includes an online archive of modern and contemporary design searchable by designer name or material and online galleries showcasing developments in modern design history.
  • Museum of Design Atlanta MODA is the only museum in the Southeastern United States dedicated exclusively to the study and celebration of all things design. Formed in 1989 as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, MODA has grown and evolved over the years to become the Southeast’s only design museum.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Located in London, the V&A is a world treasure house with collections of fabulous scope and diversity. The Museum holds over 3000 years worth of artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures.
  • Vitra Design Museum Located in Weil am Rhein, Germany, the museum presents a broad spectrum of topics on design and culture, with a special emphasis on furniture and interior design.

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