Ever since the Gilded Age, the United States has had a strong tradition of art collecting, starting with tycoons like Henry Clay Frick and J. P. Morgan who acquired as many European works as possible. Later, visionaries like Solomon R. Guggenheim and Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney turned their eyes toward American art. Fortunately for the rest of us, many of these works of art are now housed in museums—sometimes in collectors' former homes—that are open to the public. Here are 15 spots where you can see the treasures amassed by America’s greatest art collectors.
By Laura Itzkowitz