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Baltimore Museum of Art free

10 Art Museum Drive | Baltimore, MD 21218-3898 | Official website
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Stephen Spartana/Courtesy Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Type: Museums
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.5)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Situated in Charles Village, just north of the downtown area, the Baltimore Museum of Art claims the title of largest art museum in Maryland. Filled with 90,000 art pieces, including an impressive Matisse collection, donated by Baltimore natives Claribel and Etta Cone, the museum draws art enthusiasts from across the globe. An entire "Cone Wing" of the museum is devoted to the sisters' spectacular repertoire of paintings from distinguished artists like Matisse, Picasso and Cézanne. Recent visitors praise the extensive collection, citing free admission to the world-class museum as a major perk.

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 Contemporary Wing, which showcases Warhol's notable "Last Supper" print, and the sculpture garden, which hosts jazz sessions during the summer, are two main museum highlights. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, "The BMA is a must-do on a trip to Baltimore. Its size allows you to enjoy lots of variety without feeling overwhelmed […] the trip is worth it."

If you get hungry during your visit, stop at Gertrude's, a sophisticated, yet relaxed restaurant located inside the museum that past visitors praise for its striking views of the sculpture garden. And since general admission to the museum is free (though admission to special events and exhibitions featured throughout the year can require a fee), 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. To reach the museum, take bus line Nos. 3 and 11, which stop within walking distance of the BMA. If you drive, there's ample parking available through metered street parking and the museum's parking lots.

Note: The museum is currently undergoing the last phase of a $28 million renovation to unveil a 5,500-square-foot learning center; the renovation is expected to be completed in spring 2015; however, the museum — and its world-class collections — will remain open while renovations take place. 

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