EDsmart Selects the 51 Most Astounding University Museums in the United States

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EDsmart, a nationally recognized publisher of college resources and rankings, has revealed its 2018 edition of the Most Astounding College Museums in the United States.

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EDsmart’s ranking of college libraries is the most comprehensive and well-rounded to date. The list was compiled after exhaustively looking at public data on every college and university museum in the country. Some of the factors considered were public access, past, current, and planned exhibits, architecture, history, and campus integration and support.

The number one ranking goes to theHarvard University’s Museum of Natural History.Yale University’s Peabody Museum and Berkeley Natural Museums at the University of California come in second and third, respectively.

A spokesperson for EDsmart explained, “These facilities represent a vast array of history, art and culture at some of the finest universities and colleges in the country. The goal of the list is to bring attention to deserving campus museums that are often under-appreciated campus treasures. We hope this list draws attention to some great facilities around the country and allows them the opportunity to continue to foster art and history education in their respective locations.”Museums that made the list (in alphabetical order)

Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University
Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College
Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University
Berkeley Natural Museums at the University of California
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at Washington University
Connecticut State Museum of Natural History
Fowler Museum at the University of California
Fralin Museum at the University of Virginia
Gallaudet University Museum
Gilcrease Museum at the University of Tulsa
Glencairn Museum at Bryn Athyn College
Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology at Brown University
Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas
Harvard Art Museums
Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History
Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College
Indiana University Art Museum
Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston
Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts at Auburn University
Jundt Art Museum at Gonzaga University
Lincoln Heritage Museum at Lincoln College
Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory College
Mills College Art Museum
Museum of Contemporary Native Arts at the Institute of American Indian Arts
Museum of Geology at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado
Museum of Peoples and Cultures at Brigham Young University
Museum of the North at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Oriental Institute Museum at the University of Chicago
Orton Geological Museum at Ohio State University
Princeton University Art Museum
RISD Museum at Rhode Island School of Design
Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University
Saint Louis University Museum of Art
Sam Noble Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma
Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas
University Museums at the University of Delaware
University of Arizona Arts Museum
University of Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art
University of Michigan Museum of Art
University of Mississippi Museum
University of Nebraska State Museum
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
US Naval War College Museum
Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota
West Point Museum at the United States Military Academy
Yale University’s Peabody Museum

EDsmart recognizes that other college museums may have been overlooked in the creation of this list and invites schools, students, faculty, and deans to contacttstevens@edsmart.orgto submit their picks to be included in the rankings.

School response to EDsmart rankings have been very positive over the years. Sharing the rankings on their websites and via social media has helped schools attract new students and excite existing students, alumni and staff.

EDsmart reviews publicly available data to produce independent ranking assessments of various educational programs, in addition to student guides and resources. The site is regularly updated by a committed team of writers and researchers, who produce college rankings and resources that will help prospective and current college students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

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