1) Broad Contemporary Art Museum

Just one glance at the avant-garde exterior of this downtown Los Angeles venue screams contemporary; that’s before you even step inside. Inside of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, you’ll find pieces from some of the most renowned and beloved modern artists, including Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jeff Koons, Yayoi Kusama, and Barbara Kruger. Best of all? The museum offers free general admission to its permanent collection galleries, so it’s totally accessible! 

2) Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Yet another fine arts establishment that’s just as much a spectacle from the outside as it is on the inside, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (located in Bilbao, Spain) features sweeping, imaginative architecture that precedes the art you’ll find indoors. While the exterior is designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, the interior is teeming with eye-catching sculptures by artists like Jeff Koons and Louise Bourgeois, bold expressions through oil painting by Mark Rothko, a political installation by the provocative Jenny Holzer, and much, much more. 

3) Whitney Museum of American Art

While most know it simply as “The Whitney”, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City is an excellent stop for any modern art enthusiast. With more than 21,000 art pieces in a plethora of formats (including paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, film, and video), the institution offers a nearly overwhelming collection. The Whitney also offers up a variety of rotating exhibitions and events; one of its most well-known and anticipated of these is the Whitney Biennial, wherein the museum seeks to highlight lesser-known talent within the genre of contemporary American art.

4) MoMA PS1

It wouldn’t really be a list dedicated to modern art if it didn’t mention The Museum of Modern Art PS1! This Queens institution is one of the largest galleries in the United States dedicated solely to contemporary art. Those who enjoy particularly experimental pieces will enjoy a visit here.

5) Tate Modern

Last, but certainly never least on the bucket list of contemporary art museums, is the Tate Modern in London, England. Some of the most notable pieces you’ll find here include work from Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Lucio Fontana, and Anish Kapoor— the artist who infamously bought the rights to using Vantablack, or, the “world’s blackest black.”