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One of the great threads amongst all Independent Collection cities is that each one of them is home to an acclaimed arts scene. From iconic institutions to smaller, local havens, these are our favorite art museums in each of these famous American cities.

The MFA
Boston, MA

From its sprawling front yard, and large stone facade, to the worldly collection of ancient African sculptures and giant Buddhas, the MFA is Boston’s quintessential art museum. While housing a remarkably old collection, it does not get in the way of new galleries like one featuring works by Pollock and Picasso, and another focusing on Monet, popping up. This Fenway-neighborhood staple is well worth a visit during your next stay with The Boxer Boston Hotel.

MoMa
New York, NY

New York City’s Museum of Modern Art needs no introduction, and in a town packed with iconic museums, it’s a tough choice. However, if pressed for time, and only able to visit one museum in NYC, you should probably hit MoMa, where iconic works by Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and many, many more great artists lives. The programming is eclectic and ever-busy, making this a constantly interesting place to visit.

MoMa. 11 W 53rd St. 212-708-9400

The Wolfsonian
Miami Beach, FL

The Wolfsonian Museum at Florida International University is one of Miami Beach’s premier art destinations. Set right in the heart of the Art Deco District (minutes from our Winter Haven and Blue Moon hotels) it houses over 180,000 objects, archived works, and rare books. An ambitious calendar of exhibitions both modern and historical keep The Wolfsonian fun.

The Wolfsonian. 1001 Washington Ave. 305-531-1001

Santa Barbara Museum Of Art
Santa Barbara, CA

Located a short drive from our Hotel Milo, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art is a lovely institution with collections from around the world and fun, family-friendly events. Classic American works like the paintings of Terry Allen and more worldly pieces like those of Cuban photographer Mario Algaze are on hand here. It also hosts regular charity events, and storytelling workshops.

Santa Barbara Museum Of Art. 1130 State St. 805-963-5464

Smithsonian American Art Museum
Washington, DC

As a distinguished piece of the revered Smithsonian museum collection, the American Art Museum does an excellent job of telling our country’s story through art. From early American portraits and paintings, to contemporary mixed-media works by artists like Barbara Bosworth and Deborah Butterfield, the range of work here is comprehensive and wide.

Smithsonian American Art Museum. 8th and F Streets NW. 202-633-1000