As American as the Fourth of July are the many museums, large and small, that celebrate the national spirit. Historical, cultural and biographical, here are 10 fine museums that represent a sampling of the kinds of Americana to be seen throughout the United States:
Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth: This noted collection of paintings, sculptures and photographs of the American West features the works of Frederic Remington and "cowboy artist" Charles Russell.
Adirondack Museum, Blue Mountain Lake, N.Y.: Set high in the Adirondacks, the museum recreates the style of rustic elegance that wealthy vacationers of an earlier era brought to this mountain wilderness.
American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol, Conn.: In the mid-1800s, nearly 300 clockmakers were at work in the Bristol area. This intriguing craft museum displays hundreds of antique watches and clocks.
New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans: This museum of music chronicles the careers of such American jazz greats as Louis Armstrong.
Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, Flat Rock, N.C.: For 22 years, the poet and author resided in this small farming estate in western North Carolina. The casual, book-filled home looks much as he left it.
Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Mass.: A museum that caters to nostalgia, it displays the originals of many of the famous Norman Rockwell covers on the old Saturday Evening Post.
John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum, Page, Ariz.: A tribute to a 19th-century American adventurer, the museum tells the story of explorer John Wesley Powell's perilous journey by small wooden boat through the white-water rapids of the Grand Canyon.
U.S. Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis: A look at America's naval history. Of special interest are the splendid models of fully rigged ships.
Chesterwood, Stockbridge, Mass.: This is the home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose best-known works are national monuments -- "The Minute Man" in Concord, Mass., and the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.
National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.: A major collection, and still growing, of American art from colonial times to today.