2 Massachusetts Museums Just Ranked Top 5 History Museums in America



A Maine museum has also been named one of the top art museums in the country.

The Fruitlands Museum at Harvard. The fruit land museum

Massachusetts and history go hand in hand, and two local museums are among the top five in the country, according to USA Today.

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USA Today published a list of best history museums in the United States on Friday, part of his 2022 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards. Two Bay State museums made the cut: Fruitlands Museum at Harvard ranked No. 2, and the USS Constitution Museum in Boston ranked No. 5.

“It is truly amazing for Fruitlands to achieve this kind of recognition nationally and in the company of such prestigious institutions,” Michael Busack, director of the Fruitlands Museum, said in a statement. “Between its rich history, overwhelming natural beauty and, of course, the diverse and meticulously curated collections of art and material culture, we hope this honor will allow us to share the magic of this special place with even more people. “

Here’s what USA Today wrote about Fruitlands Museum, which is owned and operated by The Trustees of Reservations:

“The Fruitlands Museum preserves the story of an 1843 transcendentalist experiment in subsistence farming and self-reliance inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Although the community lasted only seven months, today the ownership of 210 acres includes an original farmhouse, the Shaker Museum, the Native American Museum, and an art museum that features over three hundred Hudson River School paintings.

– USA Today 10Best

And here is what the publication wrote about the USS Constitution Museum:

“The USS Constitution Museum tells the 200-year story of the USS Constitution, which was first launched in the late 18th century and is now recognized as the oldest commissioned warship in the world. During her years at sea, the Constitution saw conflict with pirates and even had heralded victories in the War of 1812. You can tour the ship herself in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

– USA Today 10Best

The Fruitlands Art Museum will host the 2022 New England Triennial in collaboration with deCordova Sculpture Park & ​​Museum starting April 8, which will feature more than two dozen contemporary New England artists.

The best history museum in the country is the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in Columbus, Georgia.

A Maine museum also made USA Today’s best art museums listing: Tidal Institute and Museum in Eastport ranked #10. The best art museum in the United States is Booth Museum of Western Art in Cartersville, Georgia.

For the 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards lists, USA Today’s travel experts select 20 nominees in areas ranging from food to accommodations, destinations to things to do. Then the publication asks readers to vote to determine the top 10.

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