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“Nice museum with great restaurant and free!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Baltimore Museum of Art

Baltimore Museum of Art
Ranked #6 of 224 things to do in Baltimore
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Owner description: The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art-including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.* The museum is currently undergoing an unprecedented $28 million renovation to provide visitors with a more welcoming environment and more imaginative and inspiring encounters with art. The BMA is remaining open throughout the multi-year project so that visitors can enjoy its outstanding selection of European and American painting and sculpture from the 17th through 20th centuries and the newly reinstalled Contemporary Wing with 14 galleries showcasing the art of our time. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. The museum's 100th anniversary will be celebrated in November 2014 with the reopening of the grand historic entrance designed by John Russell Pope and a beautiful new presentation of the museum's distinguished collection of American art. Subsequent reopenings include expanded galleries for the African and Asian art collections and a new learning and creativity center that will open in 2015. Since 2006, the BMA has eliminated general admission fees so that everyone can enjoy the power of art. * Many of the BMA's works by Matisse are part of a special exhibition traveling to museums in Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and San Antonio in 2013 and 2014. If you are visiting to see a specific artwork, please call the BMA Box Office to make sure it will be on view.
Annapolis, Maryland
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“Nice museum with great restaurant and free!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2012

I've lived nearby this museum for 27 years and did not know that it existed. Having grow up in DC I just always think of heading that way for museums. I was pleased to find an interesting collection that kept my friend and I busy for 3 hours. Then we had delicious lunch at Gertrudes (it was very busy the Saturday morning we visited so make a reservation). There is street parking right in front of the museum for 50 cents an hour (go to kiosk and buy a chit to put on your dashboard).

Visited March 2012
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Nottingham, Maryland
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“Not for art culture hounds only”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2012

There are so many things to love about this museum and a wide variety of exhibits for differing tastes. African, Native American, and Asian exhibits take you around the world; the Cone Collection of impressionist and post-impressionist art is impressive; history buffs will love the rooms of furniture and other Maryland heritage pieces. From contemporary art to ancient mosaics, this is a world-class collection. Don't miss the outdoor sculpture garden and Gertrude's Restaurant, which serves insanely delicious meals.

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Baltimore, MD
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“BMA and Gertrudes are a great combo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2012

The BMA is a very fine museum, one of the best in the country, and a real treasure for a city of the size of Baltimore. The topping on the cake is the restaurant in the museum, Gertrude's. It's a hidden gem, with fine food and a lovely setting if you can eat out in (near) the sculpture garden.

Visited September 2011
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“Excellent collection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2012

The Impressionist paintings (especially Matisse) are superb. Also, interesting Roman-era mosaics from Syria. Great gift shop and a lovely looking restaurant (though we didn't eat there). Best of all, the museum is free!

Visited February 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2012

great collections of works of art and art history. Also home to a wonderful restaurant "Gertrude" .

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