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“World class art museum”

Baltimore Museum of Art
Ranked #6 of 243 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.
Reviewed December 2, 2012

Everything one expects in a top-notch art institution: Pieces from every time and location on the globe, master works, modern art, sculpture, shopping, a decent restaurant, even a sculpture garden. Heck, I even ran into John Waters just taking in the scene (although I think he does have a piece in the museum.) Did I mention the museum is FREE!

Parking lot a little small. $6. More parking in the immediate area. Other restaurants in the area.

Thank RollerFan
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Reviewed November 30, 2012

Had a great brunch at Gertrude's, lovely tour of the sculpture gardens and enjoyed walking around the exhibits. I was surprised at how many works of art from very famous artists were displayed. My child even recognized several that he had learned about it school or in his art books. My suggestion is to get there early in order to park in their adjacent lot before it fills up.

Thank Katie B
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Reviewed November 27, 2012

The place is an excellent value as is, and will be a better value once the renovations are done and more of the museum is open to the public! There is parking all around the Museum as well as their own lot (pay-to-park).

Thank B3Spooky
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

Have been fortunate to visit a number of time over the years. The galleries always exude a focus and calmness. For most the Cone collection is at the heart of the museum with some marvellous impressionist paintings and over a dozen serious works from Matisse. Don't miss the Stubbs in the English sporting room. The contemporary wing has a permanent collection of Warhol material and several surprises.

Thank grahamt34
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

Extras include a very good restaurant in the museum building and scheduled musical performances in the foyer. They have done some good special exhibits.

Thank Jesse F
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