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Community made Fact Card:

There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonalds – combined.
      made by DaynaR


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lbisno1

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4 years ago #9680944        
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Where I live, there are only Mexican restaurants

There are no museums

There are only Mexican restaurants.

6 years ago #9484457        
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We're not quite the uncultured louts you make us out to be. Also, most of those museums are small local affairs with very limited hours.


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4 years ago #9679403        
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Law of museums:
If it exists, there is a museum dedicated to it.


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5 years ago #9544790        
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It turns out that what the United States is really addicted to ... is KNOWLEDGE.

3 years ago #9815968        
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I thought that it would be the opposite! thankfully not!

Hinoron

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4 years ago #9756657        
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I find this claim very dubious.


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5 years ago #9517443        
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kind of ironic seeing as america as a country is still an infant. not even 500 years old. and yet, 35000 museums.... compensating much?=? xD


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3 years ago #9795287        
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Just to give some perspective, Whittier, Alaska, is known as, "The Town Under One Roof." As of the last census, the population of the town was 220.

They have a museum. The one exhibit which I recall was the old patch cord telephone switch that used to service the building. I get the feeling that on some cold winter day when there was nothing else to do, someone ran across the room where a bunch of stuff had been stored and said, "Hey let's clean the place up and stick a Museum sign outside the door." I would not be surprised if the apartment sized museum actually was the old telephone switch room.


4 years ago #9757554        
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Now the US is a giant country but...I just have a hard time believing this.Not because of the stereotype of the "Fat fast food loving american" but just because making a museum takes a lot more resources,money,bureaucracy not to mention trained staff to handle everything and attracting enough people to keep it running.While a fast food is one of the most common types of business we see these days.
I'm very curios what counts as a museum in the US?Because if is those "Largest //insert object here//" type of things,I really don't think it should count,since its really just a quirky thing specific to the states with no real historical or artistic value.


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5 years ago #9588831        
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True. In my town in New England, they don't have any Starbucks or McDonalds, (The only fast food place we have is Subway) but we have 3 museums, and 2 of them are in downtown. Want to know where I live? Acadia National Park. Look it up.


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Tyrson

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5 years ago #9538321        
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MY home town has 298 people, 3 museums, and, unsurprisingly, no a single Starbucks or McDonald.

It's not uncommon in Montana, where most small towns are more than 100 years old. The often have an old graveyard, or an old building or rail office that has been declared a historical monument and made into a museum of sorts. Cowboy history is big, and families have often lived on the same land longer than there has been a town, tending the same herd of cattle for 6-7 generations. People come by to learn about the range wars or the birth and death of the railroads.

djv2448

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6 years ago #9485283        
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i have such a difficult time believing this one... i kinda wonder what they count as "Museums"


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6 years ago #9481156        
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For once, America doesn't embarrass itself :)


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6 years ago #9480861        
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I'm deeply surprised, given how few Americans seem to visit museums, versus Starbucks and McDonalds.


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Karen

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6 years ago #9473164        
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There are 35000 museums in the United States:

https://www.imls.gov/news-events/news-releases/government-doubles-official-estimate-there-are-35000-active-museums-us

Starbucks has 7559 company-operated stores and 4962 licensed stores (still Starbucks), for a total of 12521:

http://www.statista.com/statistics/218360/number-of-starbucks-stores-in-the-us/

There are 14248 McDonalds restaurants in the US:

http://www.statista.com/statistics/256040/mcdonalds-restaurants-in-north-america/

Combined, that's 26769.... wow, this fact card is surprisingly true :)


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