Los Angeles noted as nation’s cultural capital

  • The US has more museums than outposts of the two largest fast food chains combined.
  • County-wide, there are 681 museums in LA, far eclipsing the Big Apple’s 414.
  • The definition of what counts as a museum is a little bit mushy, with some venues defying classification.

In a country where there seems to be a food or coffee chain on every corner, cultural institutions like libraries and museums are still far more ubiquitous than the Big Mac or the venti latte. Recent data from the Institute of Museums and Library Services indicates that the U.S. has more museums than outposts of the two largest fast food chains combined. In fact, there are about 35,000 active museums in the nation.