3. Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Location: University of California, Berkeley, Calif.
The experimental spirit of the 1960s lives on at the Berkeley Art Museum, where the collection includes works by groundbreaking artists such as Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jackson Pollock. Their MATRIX Program for Contemporary Art keeps the exhibition schedule fresh by introducing new, international artists to the Bay Area. As if their iconic Modernist building wasn't full enough, their Pacific Film Archive also boasts a world-class collection of early video art, avant-garde film, Soviet cinema, Japanese films, and much more. It's the California Dream of college museums.