Baltimore Museum of Art
- Type: Museums
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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Sitting in Charles Village, just north of the downtown area, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is the largest art museum in Maryland and covers a wide range of styles and time periods. But its most notable exhibition, which draws visitors from across the globe, is its Matisse collection, donated by Baltimore natives Claribel and Etta Cone. An entire "Cone Wing" of the museum is devoted to the sisters' spectacular repertoire of paintings from distinguished artists like Matisse, Picasso and Renoir. Recent visitors praise the extensive collection, citing free admission to the world-class museum as a major perk. "The impressionist paintings (especially Matisse) are superb. Also, interesting Roman-era mosaics from Syria. Great gift shop and a lovely looking restaurant...Best of all, the museum is free!" raves one TripAdvisor user.
The museum is also home to one of the largest Andy Warhol collections in the world and features European sculptures, African and Asian arts, and decorative arts. The sculpture garden, which hosts jazz sessions during the summer, is another highlight.
If you get hungry during your visit, stop at Gertrude's, a sophisticated, yet relaxed restaurant located inside the museum that boasts exceptional views of the garden. And since general admission to the museum is free, you'll have more to spend on food. The museum welcomes visitors Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.