Top 5 U.S Cities for Art


Sure, you can see world-famous paintings right on your laptop. But for true art lovers, there’s nothing like an up-close-and-personal experience with the physical product of an artist’s inspiration. Trips to art-loving cities can let you take in well-known art and explore under-the-radar works at once. Here are some of the best U.S. cities for art.
New York
When you think American art, you think New York City. Home to world-class museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, and the Guggenheim, the Big Apple is abuzz with art and culture. It’s also an excellent place to see up-and-coming artists whose work is displayed in the many galleries dotting Chelsea, SoHo, Tribeca, and the Lower East Side. You can even stroll the streets of hipster neighborhoods like Bushwick, Brooklyn to see and photograph graffiti and street art without spending a dime.

Every June, art lovers from around the world flock to Miami for the prestigious Art Basel. But even if you don’t visit during the fair, there’s still plenty of galleries to explore. The city’s Wynwood Arts District boasts dozen of contemporary art studios, and its signature Art Deco architecture is everywhere for your viewing pleasure.


In this Midwestern art mecca, visitors encounter world-class art almost everywhere they go. In the warmer months, it’s easy to explore outdoor art installations like the iconic Cloud Gate in Millennium Park and “The Chicago Picasso,” an untitled Pablo Picasso sculpture installed in the late 1960s. While you’re there, visit the famed Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. For more obscure art, head to River North’s 100+ art galleries.


Charleston, South Carolina
You probably think of this beachside town more for its cheery pastel homes than its art. But Charleston has become a serious player in the art field, boasting more than 50 galleries. While you’re there, head to Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art and the Gibbes Museum, where you can see over 600 miniature portraits.
New Orleans, Louisiana
While you’re enjoying mouthwatering gumbo and po’ boys and partying along Bourbon Street, massive art offerings are waiting for you in the Big Easy. Take in the New Orleans Museum of Art, stroll through NOMA’s Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden, get some true Southern flavor at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and sample the area’s rich cultural heritage at the Algiers Folk Art Zone And Blues Museum.