The South has amazing museums. Besides the world-renowned Smithsonian Institution in D.C., here are some of the traditional and contemporary spaces offering a distinct range of experiences. Whether your interests lie in the visual arts, music, food, history, space, architecture, or the media, the South has a museum for everyone.

#8 National Quilt Museum (Paducah, Kentucky)

Everyone, not just quilting and fiber enthusiasts, will enjoy this exploration of the art form. Highlighting quilting styles from antique to contemporary, the museum shows how traditional methods can have today’s meanings. Sculpture and stained glass are also on display. The museum offers extensive educational programming as well. $11 admission.

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