Massachusetts Among Top State for Museum Enthusiasts

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International Museum Day is May 18, and museum lovers have much to love in Massachusetts. The state is home to all types of museums from art to American history.

We took a break from finding the best Massachusetts sports betting promos to see where the state stands nationally in terms of its museum presence.

Using data from the 2018 edition of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Institute of Museum and Library Sciences’ Data Files, BetMassachusetts.com calculated the number of “Museums, Botanical Gardens, Planetariums, and Zoos” per square mile, and ranked them accordingly.

Here are the results compiled by BetMassachusetts.com, your source forMassachusetts sports betting.

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States with Most Museums per Square Mile

Rank, StateNo. of MuseumsArea (sq. miles)Museums per 10,000 sq. mi.
1. Rhode Island441545284.79
2. Massachusetts22310554211.29
3. Connecticut1065543191.23
4. New Jersey1488722169.69
5. Delaware282489112.50
6. Maryland13812405111.24
7. New York4855455488.90
8. Pennsylvania3224605469.91
9. Ohio2594482557.78
10. Hawaii621093156.72
11. New Hampshire50934953.48
12. Virginia2214277451.67
13. Florida3356575750.90
14. Illinois 2715791346.79
15. California73916369445.15
16. Vermont40961641.60
17. Indiana1463641940.08
18. South Carolina1053202032.79
19. Tennessee1274211430.13
20. Georgia1725942528.94
21. Kentucky1114040727.47
22. Wisconsin1766549626.87
23. Washington1747129724.40
24. Alabama1165242022.13
25. Michigan2129671321.92
26. Iowa1225627221.68
27. Maine 763537921.48
28. West Virginia492423020.22
29. Louisiana1055273819.90
30. Missouri1316970618.79
31. Texas44826859616.68
32. Minnesota1398693515.99
33. Colorado16010409315.37
34. North Carolina20913939114.99
35. Oklahoma926998813.16
36. Mississippi604843112.38
37. Kansas988227811.91
38. Oregon1179837811.89
39. Nebraska807734710.34
40. Utah66848967.77
41. South Dakota55771157.13
42. Idaho56835686.70
43. New Mexico751215906.17
44. Wyoming51978135.21
45. Arkansas701377325.08
46. Montana731470394.96
47. Arizona1272952344.30
48. Nevada451105714.07
49. North Dakota361831081.97
50. Alaska436653840.65
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The Massachusetts Museum Scene

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a wide array of exhibits covering everything from ancient Egypt to French Impressionism. More French Impressionism can be found at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown. For a more mainstream type of truly American art, there’s the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge. It houses the largest collection of Rockwell drawings and paintings anywhere. For more contemporary art, there’s Mass MoCA in North Adams. Architecture enthusiasts who like a touch of the odd should also stop by Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, in her former Venetian palace of a home.

For those interested in history, check out the Boston Tea Party Ships, where actors re-enact one of the key events in the nation’s founding. Not far from there is the John F. Kennedy Presidential Museum and Library, with exhibits on Kennedy’s debate with Richard Nixon, the Cuban Missile Crisis and more – there’s a second Kennedy museum in Hyannis. 

Also, in Boston, is the interactive USS Constitution Museum, where you get a sense what it was like to serve in the Navy 200 years ago. If you want to know more about living during the American Revolution, take a ride, not at midnight, to the Paul Revere House. For a look at the past and the future, there’s Boston’s Museum of Science. If the weather is nice and you’re up for a boat ride to Nantucket, go there to see the Whaling Museum, which features much more than a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, but that might be enough to lure the kids. Want to skip the water? New Bedford has its own Whaling Museum.

For a murderous piece of history, there’s the Lizzie Borden House in Fall River. For something a little more quaint there’s the House of Seven Gables in Salem. Salem is also home to the Peabody Essex Museum, featuring New England art and culture. As you might expect in spooky Salem, there’s also Count Orlok’s Nightmare Gallery Monster Museum, and Witch House, which dates back the 17th century Salem witch trials

Lastly, if you don’t want to trek around Boston or the whole state, just visit Harvard University in Cambridge, which has its own art museum, own natural history museum, and museums on science and culture, and more.

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Howard Gensler
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Howard Gensler is a veteran journalist covering the Massachusetts sports betting market for BetMassachusetts.com. Before his focus on U.S. sports betting, Howard worked at the Philadelphia Daily News, TV Guide and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Howard is also a founding editor of bettorsinsider.com.

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