Top 10 US Museums For Chilly Fall Days

Tripadvisor announced the winners of its Travelers’ Choice™ awards for Museums. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for museums worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period. And Viator has again a ton to offer for these top rated museums.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York

Recommended tour to book: Viator VIP: EmptyMet Tour at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, code 31213EMPMET

  • Explore the empty galleries with one of The Met’s own guides
  • 1.5-hour Viator VIP tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City Visit The Met, one of NYC’s most popular and busiest attractions, before it opens to the public
  • Get access to the museum’s renowned permanent collection as well as its special exhibitions
  • See key highlights and snap photos without the crowds
  • Numbers are limited to just 25 people, ensuring a more intimate experience

    Reason to visit now: Transitional Object (PsychoBarn) is a large-scale sculpture temporarily on display on The Met’s Roof Garden through October 31 that combines the colors of a classic red barn with the eerie architecture of the Bates mansion from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Art Institute of Chicago — Chicago, Illinois

Recommended from Viator: Chicago CityPass, code 2640CHI_TR

  • Free admission to Chicago’s premier attractions
  • Visit the Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, the Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry OR 360 Chicago and Adler Planetarium OR the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Ticket booklet features lots useful information, visiting tips and additional savings on shopping or other venues
    Reason to visit now: The recently-opened Master Drawings Unveiled: 25 Years of Major Acquisitions exhibit on display through January showcases a wide range of 17th to mid-20th century drawings from well-known artists such as Edgar Degas and Grant Wood.

The National 9/11 Memorial & Museum — New York City, New York


Recommended from Viator: One World Observatory or 911 Museum with World Trade Center Area Tour, code 13616P6

  • One World Observatory or 911 Museum with World Trade Center Area Tour
  • Hear personal accounts of 9/11 from a person who worked in the towers
  • Visit top sites like the Fireman’s Memorial, St Paul’s Church, Wall Street and more
  • Unique experience perfect for history lovers

Reason to visit now: Just opened on September 12, Rendering the Unthinkable: Artists Respond to 9/11, recognizes the 15thanniversary of the attacks with a collection of artwork from 13 different artists that depicts their reactions to the events.


The National WWII Museum — New Orleans, Louisiana


Recommended from Viator: The National WWII Museum Ticket New Orleans, code 6211WWII

  • General Admission ticket to The National WWII Museum
  • The Museum features interactive exhibits, soaring aircraft, personal histories, and more.

Reason to visit now: On display through January 1, Tom Lea: LIFE and World War II features 26 well-known pieces of original artwork from Tom Lea, who covered the war as a correspondent for LIFE magazine.


Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum — Washington, D.C.


Recommended from Viator: 2-Day Grand Tour of Washington DC, code 2890G

  • 2-day overview of Washington DC landmarks See top DC attractions including the White House, US Capitol and Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  • Learn about the history of Washington DC and its best-known sights from your guide
  • Explore a Smithsonian museum on your own Tour Mount Vernon, home of George Washington
  • Take an afternoon tram tour of Arlington National Cemetery

Reason to visit now: Trekkies can marvel at the newly refurbished studio model of the Star Trek starship Enterprise, which is now on exhibit in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall after being taken down for restoration in September 2014.


USS Midway Museum — San Diego, California


Viator recommended:USS Midway Day Tour from Anaheim, code 3457P30

  • Day trip to the USS Midway museum
  • Experience a piece of U.S. naval history
  • Explore museum exhibits and aircraft at your own pace
  • Transport from Anaheim hotels included
  • Perfect choice for families

Reason to visit now: Travelers who visit in November can participate in the museum’s Veterans Day celebration, which includes a parade, book fair, music festival and more.


The Getty Center — Los Angeles, California


Viator Recommended: The Getty Center Transfer, code 10065P4

  • Private one-way transfer to the Getty Center from you Los Angeles–area hotel or residence
  • Travel in the comfort of a private, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Choose a pickup time convenient for you
  • Upgrade and enjoy a round-trip transfer
  • Pickup and drop-off zones include downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Universal City and Santa Monica

Reason to visit now: With works from Bacon, Freud, Kosoff, Andrews, Auerbach and Kitaj, the museum’s featured exhibition, London Calling, is a must-see for travelers interested in late 20th century figurative painting.


Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex — Titusville, Florida


Viator recommended: ATX – Astronaut Training Experience, code 3525ATX

  • Train like an astronaut at the Kennedy Space Center’s Astronaut Training Experience
  • Learn about what space travel is like from a veteran astronaut
  • Try the same simulator exercises actual astronauts use to train Participate in a mock Space Shuttle mission with your group!
  • Take home a souvenir mission shirt and hat

Reason to visit now: Travelers who visit the center in November will be the first to experience the new Heroes & Legends attraction, which includes multiple interactive exhibits and the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame.


National Gallery of Art — Washington, D.C.


Viator recommended: National Gallery of Art Small-Group Walking Tour, code 5411AC

  • Small-group walking tour of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
  • Tour the gallery’s West Building with an art historian/ expert guide in a group limited to six people
  • See some of the National Gallery’s most prized works by notable artists like Leonardo da Vinci Learn about early 20th-century art and philanthropy
  • Understand what goes into creating a national art collection

Reason to visit now: Damien Hirst’s The Last Supper, a 13-print series that examines the intersection of medicine and religion, is currently on special display at the museum through the end of the year.



American Museum of Natural History — New York City, New York


Viator Recommended: American Museum of Natural History, code 2396AMNH

  • Visit the American Museum of Natural History in New York, voted Number One Family Attraction
  • Wonder at one of the world’s greatest scientific and cultural institutions Immerse yourself in over 46 permanent exhibits
  • Check out the giant glass cube of the Rose Center of Earth and Space containing the colossal Hayden Sphere
  • See the iconic T. Rex skeleton and Easter Island head that inspired characters in the film Night at the Museum
  • Upgrade to the Super Saver ticket and enjoy all special exhibitions, IMAX films, and the Hayden Planetarium!

Reason to visit now: The recently-opened Wonders of the Arctic exhibit features an informative 3D film that explores recent research into the unique ecosystem of the northernmost part of the world.

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