American Land Museum


The American Land Museum is a collection of locations across the country, selected to express the character and identity of the contemporary American landscape. Each location is an artifact, presented as an exhibit. Being actual places, these exhibits are connected to the continuous ground, and cannot be dislocated and transported into a conventional museum. So they remain where they are, and the museum is established around them, like a picture frame around a picture. Similar in some ways to the National Park system, the American Land Museum is a continental collection of places, meant to be experienced directly to the degree that it is possible and permissible. Unlike the park system, the sites are mostly owned by private entities, which are ultimately responsible for controlling access to them. Not all the exhibits are easy to explore, but they all are part of the contiguous and shared American landscape. The American Land Museum, under construction since 1776, will open someday at