Maryland Science Center

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601 Light St.

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This 200-plus-year-old Maryland Science Center is one of the oldest scientific institutions in the country. Originally a meeting place for amateur local scientists to discuss papers, the museum has transformed into one of the most visited attractions of the Inner Harbor. Boasting interactive exhibits for children, a planetarium for astronomy gurus, and giant dinosaur replicas for budding paleontologists, the museum offers plenty of activity for its visitors. Recent visitors said this attraction is fun for all ages, and they appreciated that the exhibits occasionally change for repeat visitors.

One of the most popular parts of the center is the IMAX theater, which shows a wide range of movies, from science-related flicks to more mainstream blockbusters. General adult admission prices to the museum are $24.95, and entrance to the IMAX theater costs $13.95 (for feature films). Discounts are available for kids ages 3 to 12, seniors and large groups. The Science Center is located off of Light Street along the Inner Harbor, and is easily accessible via the Charm City Circulator. The museum operating hours vary, depending on time of year. Generally, the museum welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, with extended hours on Saturdays. Consult the museum's official website for its current hours.

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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 more 95,000 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 praised 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 works by women and artists of color, among others, and the sculpture garden, which hosts jazz sessions during the summer, are two main museum highlights. If you're interested in discovering what else is on display, check out its official website.

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