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Old 02-08-2016, 10:31 PM
 
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Combine all the museums/collections within a metro and rank them.

My list:

NYC
DC
LA
Chicago
SF
Boston
Houston
Minneapolis
Detroit
Seattle

What's your list and why?
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Old 02-09-2016, 11:57 AM
 
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I would put DC first. The Smithsonian's museums/collections are staggeringly large and spread out among 18 museums...
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Old 02-09-2016, 08:17 PM
 
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St. Louis deserves to be mentioned for its art museum
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Old 02-09-2016, 09:22 PM
 
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I would put DC first. The Smithsonian's museums/collections are staggeringly large and spread out among 18 museums...
I thought that National Gallery was not only separate from the Smithsonian, but also a more interesting art collection. I must admit, though, I have not been to the SAAM. Even National Gallery doesn't come close to the Met or MOMA in my not so humble opinion, not to mention other NYC museums.
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Old 02-09-2016, 10:46 PM
 
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I would put DC first. The Smithsonian's museums/collections are staggeringly large and spread out among 18 museums...
NYC's museum collections of art are also staggeringly large and it seems unlikely that DC's museums would have an overall larger collection though I can see it being the only metro in the US that would come close. This is before taking into account the substantial private collections and art galleries that are massive in NYC.
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Old 02-09-2016, 11:40 PM
 
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NYC is indeed a bit better than DC. But really the best collections are really in these two cities. I will say that one can also hit Baltimore, Boston, and Philly which have decent art collections as well. The truth is there is a high concentration in the BosWash corridor, and it's a huge benefit from living in the region.
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:27 AM
 
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What's your list and why?


I would add the Nelson-Atkins Art Museum in Kansas City, MO. It was in the news last week. It was discovered that they have a real Hieronymus Bosch painting. It's one of five in the U.S. ( See http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/02/ar...chers-say.html )




The Nelson also has one of five Caravaggio paintings in the U.S.


It also has one the greatest collections of Asian art in the U.S. Back in the 1950s, the head curator of the museum was an expert in Asian art at a time when no one cared for it. He traveled to China and snatched up truckloads of excellent Asian art for pennies.


The museum also has an excellent collection of French Impressionism painting. The museum is currently being remodeled so they can accept a gift from Henry Bloch Foundation. (The H in H&R Block.) The Blochs collected more than 40 impressionists masterworks, including Van Gophs, Monets, and Gauguins...
The whole collection is probably worth more than $1 billion and they're giving it to the museum, which already owns more than 100 impressionists paintings.
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Old 02-10-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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I'd argue Cleveland belongs in there as well. The Cleveland Art Museum is widely recognized as one of the best in the country.
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Old 02-10-2016, 02:05 PM
 
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I'd argue Cleveland belongs in there as well. The Cleveland Art Museum is widely recognized as one of the best in the country.
Agreed, Cleveland's art collection is world class.

I'd also add Chicago, another city with a great art scene.
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:53 PM
 
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Philadelphia certainly belongs near the top of that list because of the following:


1. The Philadelphia Museum Art (227,000 art objects in 200 galleries spanning 2,000 years)


2. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (America's first art museum--tremendous collection of American art)


3. The Barnes Foundation ($25 billion collection features 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, etc.)


4. The Rodin Museum (The largest Rodin collection outside Paris)


5. The Penn Museum (artifacts from ancient Egypt, the Near East and Asia)


6. The American Portrait Gallery (large collection of portraits of prominent early Americans)


7. The Institute of Contemporary Art (changing exhibitions of contemporary art)
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