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Philadelphia Museum of Art is an art museum originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The main museum building was completed in 1928 on Fairmount, a hill located at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval. The Museum's landmark building houses one of the most remarkable collections in the country, featuring some of the greatest works of American, Asia, and European art anywhere. The museum's over 240,000 collections highlight the creative achievements of the Western world and those of Asia, in more than 200 galleries spanning 2,000 years. Several special exhibitions are held in the museum every year, including touring exhibitions arranged with other museums in the United States and abroad. The attendance figure for the museum was 793,000 in 2017, which ranks it among the top one hundred most-visited art museums in the world. The museum is also one of the largest art museums in the world based on gallery space.


Established in 1900, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is the oldest art museum in Texas. Located in the Houston Museum District, Houston, the museum is one of the largest museums in the United States. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's collection embraces the art of antiquity to the present. The Museum of Fine Arts's permanent collection totals nearly 70,000 pieces in 300,000 square feet of exhibition space housed in seven facilities. The permanent collection of the museum spans more than 6,000 years of history from six continents. The museum benefits the Houston community through programs, publications and media presentations. Each year, 1.25 million people benefit from museum's programs, workshops and resource centers. Of that total, more than 500,000 people participate in the community outreach programs.


Located on the banks of the historic San Antonio River Walk, Briscoe Western Art Museum brings to life the vibrant culture and heritage of the Western United States. Through the preservation of the art, history, and culture of the American West, the museum inspires and educates the public with engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region's rich traditions and shared heritage. The Briscoe Western Art Museum offers a permanent collection of Western art and artifacts, providing visitors from San Antonio and beyond the opportunity to experience artifacts and artwork depicting the American cowboy, American Indian, the Vaquero and the many diverse cultures that forged the American West. Highlights of the museum include Pancho Villa's last known saddle, an interactive diorama of the Alamo conflict, a restored chuck wagon, and Santa Anna's ceremonial sword.


McNay Art Museum, opened its doors to the public in 1954, is the first modern art museum in Texas. Located in San Antonio and named for founder Marion Koogler McNay, the McNay engages a diverse community in the discovery and enjoyment of the visual arts. Since Marion McNay's original bequest, the museum's collection has expanded to over 22,000 works. The Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, built in 2008 and designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, added 45,000 square feet to the museum and created gallery space for major exhibitions, a sculpture gallery and garden, a lecture hall, and classrooms for the museum's many educational programs.


The DoSeum, San Antonio's museum for kids, provides exhibition, education, and experience design that empower all young learners through STEM, literacy, and arts education. It powers up kids' minds and supports the important work of schools and community organizations. Its exhibitions and programs promote joyful learning, invite discovery, spark interest, and develop positive attitudes towards learning across critical content areas.


Opened in 1926, Witte Museum is dedicated to telling the stories of Texas, from prehistory to the present. Located on the banks of the San Antonio River in Brackenridge Park, the Witte Museum is San Antonio's premier museum promoting lifelong learning through innovative exhibitions, programs and collections in natural history, science and South Texas heritage. A catalyst of the Broadway Cultural Corridor, the museum is a San Antonio arts and culture staple with a 300-year old history that contributes to the city's rich cultural legacy.


Bellevue Arts Museum has grown alongside the city of Bellevue to become the Pacific Northwest's center to experience art, craft, and design. It is one of few museums that grew out of an art fair. Started by a handful of dedicated volunteers, the first fair was held in 1947 and eventually led to the founding of the museum in 1975. With a long history of community engagement, the museum today is home to provocative exhibitions and programs highlighting some of the region's most influential artists as well as international collections.


Opened in 1980, Children's Museum of Virginia is the largest children's museum in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located in the heart of Olde Town Portsmouth, the museum is for young children and their families. The museum is a place where families and caregivers with children ages 1-11 are encouraged to imagine, explore, and discover together through play. The museum highlights a life size tug boat for children to play on, a bubble area, a fire engine, a city bus, the Beazley Planetarium and the Lancaster train exhibit. It is a place where everyone can come and explore the discovery of learning.


Children's Museum of Richmond began in 1977 as the Richmond Children's Museum in the Navy Hill School building in downtown Richmond, Virginia. In 1981, the museum opened to the public with its premiere exhibit, Boxes, Blocks, and Blueprints. In 2000, the Children's Museum moved to its new 44,000 square foot facility on West Broad Street. It welcomes more than 400,000 visitors each year. The Children's Museum is a center for active learning, creative play and global exploration. It has a long history of providing opportunities for learning through play. It inspires growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.


Virginia Discovery Museum is a hands-on children's museum for newborns to kids age 8 that fosters intellectual curiosity and development for all children in our community. Located in Charlottesville, Virginia, it is a nonprofit children's museum, with exhibits on literacy, science, math, history, and the arts. It welcomes more than 70,000 visitors each year. For more than 25 years, Virginia Discovery Museum has provided enrichment opportunities through interactive exhibits, exploratory and imaginative play environments, and educational programs. The museum brings young children and families together to engage minds, excite imaginations and explore the world around them.