The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Location: New York
2013 Exhibitions: Matisse: In Search of True Painting (December 4 - March 17), George Bellows (November 15 - February 18), Late Klee (October 18 - February 24)
The Met is the largest art museum in the United States, and has represented the gold standard of collections since 1870. If masterpiece paintings and sculptures aren't your thing, you can always explore the Egyptian Temple of Dendur, couture fashion in the Costume Institute, or take in the view from the roof garden. Its exhibitions change frequently and range heavily in medium and era. Interestingly enough, the museum provides one of the city's largest air-conditioned spaces during the humid New York summers.