Whether it’s a starchitect or an under-the-radar designer, museums have proved to be a timeless destination for challenging the boundaries of design. One needs to look no further than Zaha Hadid’s head-turning Eli and Edythe Broad Museum in East Lansing, Michigan; Frank Lloyd Wright’s shell-shaped Guggenheim in New York City (the only building created by the legendary architect in the Big Apple); or Santiago Calatrava’s awe-inspiring Milwaukee Art Museum in Wisconsin to be mesmerized by the ability of architects to create lasting works of art to house the cultural artifacts held within them. And since one of the roles of any structure is to welcome its visitors, it makes sense that these public venues are stunning designs meant to entice patrons into its doors. Below, AD survey’s the most beautifully designed museum in each U.S. state—keeping in mind that sometimes the most remarkable museums are also ones intended to entertain children.
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