Museums and Galleries

Are you thinking about earning a degree in Art, Studio Art or Art History?

Consider visiting a museum in person or online.  Doing so can boost ones mood, teach interesting information about the world, give a sense of community, and inspire change.   Museums are a great way to get to spend time with family and friends, as well as bring together potential employers and partners.  And, best of all, some museums are FREE on certain days of the month.

Here is a list of museums to get you started. Research local and international regions for other wonderful museums. Featured exhibits can offer visitors changing opportunities to see treasures from a museum's archives, as well as traveling exhibits and collaborations with museum partners  Please note that all of these links take you to external websites.

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LACMA | Los Angeles County Museum of Art

LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Largest art museum in the West inspires creativity and dialogue. Connect with cultures from ancient times to the present. Visit LACMA.

MOCA | The Museum of Contemporary Art, California

MOCA has three distinct venues—MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (in Los Angeles) —and Michael Heizer’s seminal artwork Double Negative (1969-70) in the Nevada desert.  Visit MOCA.

The Getty Center and The Getty Villa, California

The Getty is one of the world’s largest arts organizations. Visit their two locations in Los Angeles. Visit Getty.

The Hammer Museum, California

The Hammer is an art museum and cultural center in Los Angeles known for its artist-centric and progressive array of exhibitions and public programs. It is affiliated with UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles). Visit the Hammer Museum.

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. See Warhol after dark! SFMOMA is open until 9 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays. Visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

MoMA | New York

In New York City, visit the Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1. The art celebrates creativity, openness, tolerance, and generosity. The museum's aim to be inclusive places—both onsite and online—where diverse cultural, artistic, social, and political positions are welcome. Visit MoMA.

The Bowers Museum | California

Founded in 1936 by the City of Santa Ana through a bequest from Charles and Ada Bowers, The Bowers Museum enriches lives through the world’s finest arts and cultures, with strong features in the areas of pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Native American art, the art of Asia, Africa, and Oceania, and California plein-air paintings. Visit The Bower.

SDMA | San Diego Museum of Art

Located in historic, uban, and cultural Balboa Park, the San Diego Museum of Art’s mission is to inspire, educate, and cultivate curiosity through great works of art. It has a broad collection with particular strength in Spanish art. Visit SDMA.

The Guggenheim | New York

Visit the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum in New York City, home of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, early Modern, and contemporary art. See the renowned permanent collection and special exhibitions. Visit The Guggenheim.

The MET | Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is one of the world’s largest and finest art museums. Its collection includes more than two million works of art spanning five thousand years of world culture, from prehistory to the present and from every part of the globe. Visit The MET.

Auckland Art Gallery | New Zealand

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is the largest art institution in New Zealand, with a collection numbering over 15,000 works. These include major holdings of New Zealand historic, Modern and contemporary art, and outstanding works by Māori and Pacific Island artists, as well as European painting, sculpture and print collections ranging in date from 1376 to the present day. Visit the Auckland Art Gallery.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao | Spain

The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is a museum of Modern and contemporary art, designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, and located in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain.The museum was inaugurated on October 18, 1997, by the past King Juan Carlos I of Spain. Visit The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

UFFIZI Gallery | Italy

Enjoy your visit with their Guided Tour of Uffizi Gallery located in the Historic Centre of Florence in the region of Tuscany, Italy. Admire some of the most renowned works by Cimabue, Giotto, Masaccio, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and many others with the help of a professional Guide. Visit UFFIZI.

The Vatican | Vatican Museums

The Vatican Museums are located in Vatican City, an independent nation-state and enclave within Rome, Italy. They have more than five miles of corridors with several museums featuring classic masterpieces such as Rodin's "Thinker" and the Sistine Chapel, They provide 2000 years of mankind's accomplishments through art.  In the Church, art exists above all to evangelise: music, architecture, sculpture, and painting – the Church explains and interprets the revelation. Visit The Vatican Museums.