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Baltimore Museum of Art
Ranked #6 of 226 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.
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5 reviews
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Like the rare pieces of art.
It was a little further than I estimated. Travel against traffic so you don't get caught up in traffic

Visited January 2013
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Mars Hill, North Carolina
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“A gem”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

This is a museum with a welcoming atmosphere -friendly staff and volunteers. Even though some areas are closed for remodeling, we spent 4 hours in the galleries which were open. Loved the Matisse sections. The section featuring the Cone sisters who were patrons of Matisse was fascinating. And we loved that the museum had a number of "old masters" as well as more contemporary pieces. Even though some of the modern "art" is not my cup of tea, I found those areas interesting and in some cases eye opening. We had planned to visit a couple of more museums but spent so much time at the BMA that no time was left. We will return to this museum when visiting Baltimore.

Visited December 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews
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“The Cone collection”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Definitely worth visiting the museum and to see the Cone collection which includes paintings of Monet and Matisse that cannot be seen elsewhere in the world. They have very creative children's programs on Sundays also.

Visited December 2012
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Annapolis, Maryland
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“Great Collection”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Great little museum on the backside of Johns Hopkins campus. I used to have a membership and go often. Harder now as a new mom. Plus they have a cute little cafe inside with GREAT food.

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

I took my son here just two weeks ago and we loved every bit of the museum... very kid friendly, and lots of things to look and talk about, the only downfall was their security of older staff memeber a gentlemen was pretty rude in trying to push us out an hr early before it closed... I wont let his bad attitude though stop me from rating this a great place.. I say get rid of the older guy and keep it the way it is... perfect treasure in baltimore

Visited December 2012
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