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Top 10 Museums To Visit On The East Coast This Winter

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With iconic cities like Washington D.C. and New York City, it is no wonder that the east coast is home to several memorable museums. Here are our top 10 recommendations for museums to check out this winter. 

1. The American Museum Of Natural History (New York)

Learn more about the natural history of the country – ancient animals, geology, and so much more – with a visit to New York’s American Museum of Natural History. The museum is currently open. They are however requiring timed entry reservations to be made in advance online. Face masks and proof of vaccination are also required currently in accordance with New York State mandate. 

American Museum Of Natural History

2. The Metropolitan Museum Of Art (New York)

One of the world’s largest fine art museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is home to countless priceless works of art. Timed entry tickets, as well as proof of vaccination and face masks, are currently required to go inside the museum. 

The Met

3. Brooklyn Museum (New York)

If you’re looking to view even more art, head over to the Brooklyn Museum. This sprawling art museum is the second largest in the state – after the above-mentioned Metropolitan Museum of Art. In accordance with state policy, proof of vaccination, as well as a mask, are required inside the museum. 


4. The Smithsonian Institution (Washington D.C.)

The Smithsonian Institution is actually the world’s largest museum! Several smaller museums make up the collection. This means there is something here for everyone! Art lovers will want to head over to Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden for modern art, or the National Portrait Gallery to see gorgeous portraits. Those interested in natural history will want to check out the National Museum of Natural History. Free time entry passes are needed to enter the museums. Additionally, the Smithsonian is currently requiring guests to wear face masks while indoors.

The Smithsonian


5. Jamestown Settlement (Virginia)

Located in Williamsburg, Virginia, Jamestown Settlement is a living museum highlighting 17th-century America. This museum offers visitors the chance to learning about history in a variety of hands-on ways. You can look forward to wandering around life-size replicas of historically accurate buildings, viewing educational films, and even climbing aboard a recreation of one of the ships that sailed to America in the 1600s.

Jamestown Settlement

6. The National Galley Of Art (Washington D.C.)

Another museum located on the National Mall, the National Gallery of Art offers free admission as well as the viewing of hundreds of gorgeous art pieces. It is currently open daily with some COVID-19 restrictions in place. The gallery is currently requiring visitors over the age of 2 to wear masks indoors regardless of their vaccination status. 

National Gallery Of Art

7. The Virginia Living Museum

The Virginia Living Museum is part science center, part aquarium, and part zoo. This is a great option for animal lovers as well as families! The museum is home to all manner of wildlife. The museum is currently requiring timed entry tickets. You can reserve tickets online.

Virginia Living Museum

8. Museum of Science (Massachusetts)

Here’s a great option for kids and adults alike! The Museum of Science offers hands-on learning about a variety of STEM subjects. Some of their exhibits include The Hall of Human Life and Project Vaccine. The museum is also home to an IMax theatre and a planetarium. To visit, you’ll want to reserve an entry ticket ahead of time. Additionally, the museum is currently requiring guests over the age of 2 to wear a face mask.

Museum Of Science

9. Old Salem Museum And Gardens (North Carolina)

Old Salem Museum and Gardens highlight the historic experiences of various people who lived in the area. They aim to preserve both cultural artifacts and culturally significant landscapes. This living museum offers a uniquely immersive learning environment. The museum is currently open to the public, with masks required inside buildings. 

Old Salem

10. Military Aviation Museum (Virginia)

Head over to Virginia to see one of the largest collections of WWI AND WWII-era military aircraft. The Military Aviation Museum also occasionally hosts air shows. The air shows are a great place to see their historic planes in action!

Military Aviation Museum

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