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“A must-see for art lovers”

Baltimore Museum of Art
Ranked #6 of 244 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 May 11, 2013

The BMA is a beautiful museum and a must- see for lovers of art. While much of the museum is currently undergoing renovation, the Cone Collection of Matisses and other early 20th c work is outstanding, and the contemporary and European collections also impressive.
Highly recommend a visit, as well as lunch at Gertrude's (the museum restaurant) - be sure to make a reservation and ask to sit in the sculpture garden outside if space and weather permit.

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"henri matisse"
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"nice collection"
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"miniature rooms"
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"free admission"
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Reviewed May 6, 2013

The BMA is a very nice way to spend a half day or full day in Baltimore. It's not downtown, but the cab fare from the waterfont was $12. Admission is always free. It's currently under renovation, so we didn't get to see the whole collection. We still enjoyed it very much. The modern art collection primarily features Matisse, but there's a great contemporary collection that includes an entire room of large-format, late-career Warhols. The entire collection provides a careful slice through most of the history of Eurpoean painting, including some of the more influential American artists.

The sculpture gardens are great for young and old alike. The cafe Gertrude's is exceptional. Get a reservation or sit at the bar. We had a fine time sitting at the bar. The food, advice, and service were all excellent.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

Especially liked the range of the European collection including medieval pieces as well as a good representation of 19/20th century French paintings. Several Matisse. Highlight is the amazing collection of mosaics from Antioch arranged around the courtyard. Parts of museum are closed for renovation, but definitely worth a visit.

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Reviewed April 25, 2013

We took Mom to see the Matisse that we had seen last fall. There were fewer of them on display but there were many other contemporaries in the COne Collection. The contemporary art gallery was all over the place with some very young interesting artists, a wallpaper street artist, some video art from a collective in India and three spectacular maarble of granite rings from Thomas Moore. Domn't miss this place and don't forget to drop a twenty or two into the donation basket. These folks, Thank you Jesus, do not charge admission so that anybody can come and it needs support so that it may stay that way. Art is the heritage of all of our ch8ildren and all of them should have unlimited access. Keep it up BMA!

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

This museum could certainly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with any from NYC or Phila. and come out looking good. Avery impressive permanent collection along with the unbelievable Cone Sisters collection. The building has an energy all its own and helps bring the art to life within its walls. All of this and free to the public! What a gem this museum is.

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