50 States of Quirky and Cool Museums

Sure, it's easy to find an art museum or a history museum or even a space museum anywhere in this country, but did you know there's a museum entirely dedicated to mustard? Or to the evolution of the kazoo? Yeah, those are real museums, and you can learn more about them ahead. We pulled together a museum recommendation for each of the 50 states that you can check out on your next getaway. Keep reading to see them all.

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Alabama — United States Army Aviation Museum
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Alabama — United States Army Aviation Museum

At this museum, you'll find the largest collection of helicopters at any museum in the world.

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Alaska — Alaska Native Heritage Museum
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Alaska — Alaska Native Heritage Museum

The Alaska Native Heritage Center tells you all about Alaska's history and the people who live there.

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Arizona — Musical Instruments Museum
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Arizona — Musical Instruments Museum

This unique museum is the largest musical instruments museum in the world.

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Arkansas — Old State House Museum
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Arkansas — Old State House Museum

This museum is Arkansas's original State House and is the oldest surviving state capitol west of the Mississippi River.

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California — Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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California — Los Angeles County Museum of Art

While everything LACMA holds inside its walls is breathtaking, the most notable feature of this place is the lights outside.

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Colorado — Denver Museum of Nature and Science
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Colorado — Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Get your dinosaur fix at this top-notch Denver museum.

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Delaware — Delaware Museum of Natural History
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Delaware — Delaware Museum of Natural History

This impressive museum is known for its collection of seashells, birds, and bird eggs.

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Florida — Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
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Florida — Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum is a great spot to learn more about Seminole people and their history.

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Georgia — World of Coca-Cola
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Georgia — World of Coca-Cola

Learn about the history of Coca-Cola as well as its evolution around the world at this cool spot.

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Hawaii — Bishop Museum
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Hawaii — Bishop Museum

The Bishop Museum in Honolulu is the largest facility dedicated to Hawaiian history.

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Idaho — Boise Art Museum
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Idaho — Boise Art Museum

The Boise Art Museum has a lot of amazing exhibitions, including one currently that features a whole lot of Legos.

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Illinois — Art Institute of Chicago
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Illinois — Art Institute of Chicago

This Grant Park museum is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the US.

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Iowa — John Deere Museum
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Iowa — John Deere Museum

Go back in time and see the history of these iconic green and yellow tractors.

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Kansas — Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
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Kansas — Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum

You can find the Eisenhower library, the museum, and his boyhood home in the former US president's hometown of Abilene.

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Kentucky — Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory
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Kentucky — Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory

Not just for sports fans, this baseball museum has a lot of history, but also an incredible huge replica bat of Babe Ruth's bat.

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Louisiana — New Orleans Pharmacy Museum
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Louisiana — New Orleans Pharmacy Museum

This creepy museum was once an actual apothecary, but now just holds ancient medicines and history.

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Maine — Maine Maritime Museum
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Maine — Maine Maritime Museum

This museum gives you a glimpse at Maine's role in US maritime history.

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Maryland — Vienna Heritage Museum
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Maryland — Vienna Heritage Museum

This neat little museum has the last operational mother of pearl button factory machinery in the United States.

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Michigan — Henry Ford Museum
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Michigan — Henry Ford Museum

More than just the history of Ford, the Henry Ford Museum gives you the history of innovation.

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Minnesota — American Swedish Institute
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Minnesota — American Swedish Institute

Because it's important to know about other countries, too, you can find everything you need to know about Sweden at this museum.

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Mississippi — Delta Blues Museum
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Mississippi — Delta Blues Museum

Sink into the history of blues music at the state's oldest music museum.

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Missouri — Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum
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Missouri — Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

Learn about Mark Twain's history and his works at the museum dedicated to him and his boyhood home.

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Montana — Museum of the Rockies
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Montana — Museum of the Rockies

This museum, part of the Smithsonian Institution, is known for its large collection of paleontological artifacts.

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Nebraska — Joslyn Castle
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Nebraska — Joslyn Castle

This beautiful building hosts tours and events as well as keeps the history of Omaha alive.

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New Hampshire — Andres Institute of Art
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New Hampshire — Andres Institute of Art

The Andres Institute of Art is the largest sculpture park in New England.

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New Jersey — Ellis Island Immigration Museum
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New Jersey — Ellis Island Immigration Museum

This incredible museum tells the stories of how people came to America through Ellis Island years ago.

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New Mexico — Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
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New Mexico — Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

Learn everything you ever wanted to know about this talented artist.

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New York — Whitney Museum of American Art
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New York — Whitney Museum of American Art

After seeing all the art the Whitney has to offer, check out the rooftop views.

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North Carolina — Wright Brothers National Memorial
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North Carolina — Wright Brothers National Memorial

This educational outpost celebrates Orville and Wilbur Wright's successful flight.

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North Dakota — Roger Maris Museum
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North Dakota — Roger Maris Museum

You can honor this baseball legend at a museum dedicated to his life.

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Ohio — American Sign Museum
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Ohio — American Sign Museum

This museum is dedicated to, you guessed it, all things signage in America.

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Oklahoma — American Banjo Museum
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Oklahoma — American Banjo Museum

You'll be blown away by the sheer number of banjos on display here.

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Oregon — Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium
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Oregon — Science Factory Children's Museum & Planetarium

This ultracool spot is perfect for kids, families, and school groups.

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Pennsylvania — Independence Hall
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Pennsylvania — Independence Hall

See the place where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated and adopted.

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Rhode Island — International Tennis Hall of Fame
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Rhode Island — International Tennis Hall of Fame

You will not only learn about the history of tennis here, but you can also play on one of the many courts.

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South Carolina — Kazoo Museum
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South Carolina — Kazoo Museum

There is so much to learn about the evolution of the kazoo, and this is the place for it.

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South Dakota — South Dakota Air and Space Museum
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South Dakota — South Dakota Air and Space Museum

This air and space museum can be found right outside Ellsworth Air Force Base.

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Tennessee — Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
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Tennessee — Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

There's no better place to learn about the story of country music than here in Nashville.

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Texas — Space Center Houston
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Texas — Space Center Houston

Space-lovers will be excited to learn about all things space at this nonprofit gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center.

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Utah — Clark Planetarium
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Utah — Clark Planetarium

At this cool spot you can learn about Earth — and what lies beyond.

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Vermont — Shelburne Museum
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Vermont — Shelburne Museum

The Shelburne Museum is all about art, design, and Americana.

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Virginia — Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum
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Virginia — Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum

This revamped apothecary offers tours that will teach you about its old potions.

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Washington — Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
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Washington — Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center

Hear all about Bill and Melinda Gates's foundation at this learning center.

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West Virginia — Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
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West Virginia — Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Check out some of the historical displays at this national park and cultural center.

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Wyoming — Wyoming State Capitol
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Wyoming — Wyoming State Capitol

While the Capitol building is currently closed for renovations, you can check out some of its history at the Wyoming State Museum in the meantime.