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If you have extra time, Patterson Park is worthwhile.

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#1 in Baltimore

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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.
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Baltimore Museum of Art
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.
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#2 in Baltimore

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Although not as famous as the Baltimore Museum of Art, this free Mount Vernon museum covers art across a 5,000-year time span. Since it opened in 1909, the museum has expanded into a total of three distinctive buildings. Featuring Renaissance paintings, Asian art, Byzantine and Ethiopian art, and an extensive Egyptian collection, among other works, the exhibitions offer a diverse selection of art styles. The Walters is also known for its medieval galleries, which include artifacts like suits of armor from the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum also offers a variety of family-focused programs, as well as free drop-in art activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, which allows little ones to participate in arts and crafts projects. Recent visitors praise the museum's comprehensive collection and stunning interior design. "The range of the collection is utterly amazing — pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th century Europe to Greek and Roman treasures to Old Masters paintings," raves one TripAdvisor reviewer.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
The Walters Art Museum
Although not as famous as the Baltimore Museum of Art, this free Mount Vernon museum covers art across a 5,000-year time span. Since it opened in 1909, the museum has expanded into a total of three distinctive buildings. Featuring Renaissance paintings, Asian art, Byzantine and Ethiopian art, and an extensive Egyptian collection, among other works, the exhibitions offer a diverse selection of art styles. The Walters is also known for its medieval galleries, which include artifacts like suits of armor from the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum also offers a variety of family-focused programs, as well as free drop-in art activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, which allows little ones to participate in arts and crafts projects. Recent visitors praise the museum's comprehensive collection and stunning interior design. "The range of the collection is utterly amazing — pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th century Europe to Greek and Roman treasures to Old Masters paintings," raves one TripAdvisor reviewer.
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#4

#4 in Baltimore

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A marble fountain, swimming pool, lake, pagoda and dog park can be found in this 300-year-old park, where locals and visitors congregate for seasonal events and concerts. The Pagoda atop Hampstead Hill — formerly called the Observatory — was built in 1890 and crowns the park, affording unobstructed city views. "From each level […] there is an amazing panoramic view of Baltimore. You can see all the way to the harbor in one direction and into downtown Baltimore in another," remarked one TripAdvisor user. 
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Patterson Park
A marble fountain, swimming pool, lake, pagoda and dog park can be found in this 300-year-old park, where locals and visitors congregate for seasonal events and concerts. The Pagoda atop Hampstead Hill — formerly called the Observatory — was built in 1890 and crowns the park, affording unobstructed city views. "From each level […] there is an amazing panoramic view of Baltimore. You can see all the way to the harbor in one direction and into downtown Baltimore in another," remarked one TripAdvisor user. 
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#7 in Baltimore

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For some of the best views of the Inner Harbor and Baltimore skyline, head to Federal Hill just south of downtown. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, "The climb to the top of Federal Hill is well worth the effort. The Inner Harbor and the cityscape both are so wonderful to behold from an elevated view." The massive hill was once used during the Civil War and the War of 1812 as a major lookout spot. Until recently, it was also known as Signal Hill, where flags of local companies were raised as their ships arrived into the harbor.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Federal Hill Park
For some of the best views of the Inner Harbor and Baltimore skyline, head to Federal Hill just south of downtown. According to one TripAdvisor reviewer, "The climb to the top of Federal Hill is well worth the effort. The Inner Harbor and the cityscape both are so wonderful to behold from an elevated view." The massive hill was once used during the Civil War and the War of 1812 as a major lookout spot. Until recently, it was also known as Signal Hill, where flags of local companies were raised as their ships arrived into the harbor.
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