[Exclusive] The Top 25 Most Instagrammed Art Spaces of 2016

New York and LA get lip service, but the standouts from the rest of the USA are impressive.

by Beckett Mufson
Dec 20 2016, 2:25pm

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How do you quantify the greatest art spaces of all time? Is it by visitors, revenue, names represented, or hard data? If you can judge a contemporary art locale based on its popularity on Instagram, then we've put together the top 25 places the US of A looked at in 2016. 

This analysis comes directly from Instagram, who sorted out the top contemporary art museums, galleries, and creative districts in the country, and ranked them based on the geotagged location tied to each site. The top three are urban coastal bastions of the art establishment, but the rest of the list takes us on an insta-journey from New Jersey and Florida to Pittsburgh, Texas, and Arizona.

Whether you dig through the hashtags or just swipe your own feed, there's no doubt a lot to learn about how we consume art from where we Instagram it. 

25. Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NJ


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24. Pace Gallery, New York City


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23. Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY


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22. Roosevelt Row Arts District, Phoenix, AZ


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21. Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles

20. The Mattress Factory Museum of Contemporary Art, Pittsburgh, PA


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19. Pioneer Works, Red Hook, NY


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18. David Zwirner Gallery, New York City


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17. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, TX


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16. The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA


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15. The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles


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14. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


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13. The New Museum, New York City


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12. The Met Breuer, New York City

11. Arts District, Los Angeles


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10. MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY


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9. The Pérez Art Museum, Miami


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8. The Brooklyn Museum


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7. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

6. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art


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5. The Whitney Museum of American Art


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4. Wynwood Walls / Wynwood Art District, Miami

3. The Broad

2. The Los Angeles County Museum of Art


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1. The Museum of Modern Art, New York City


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What was your favorite space this year? Tag us in your favorite photo from it on Instagram at @Creators_Project.


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