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Baltimore Museum of Art
Ranked #6 of 248 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 2 April 2018

I found the museum to be nice, low key, and enjoyable. It's a small collection in comparison to some of the neighboring cities, but you can spend a full day here if you wanted to. There are limited hours, but it is a free collection which I think is more important to note.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

In many years of visiting art museums throughout the Northeast I’ve somehow been ignoring the Baltimore Museum of Art. This has been my loss, as I realized recently. BAM is a delightful place made accessible to all by its every day free admission policy. Although there are some lovely and important examples of medieval and renaissance art, and even ancient Roman mosaics, emphasis has always been placed on contemporary art. When BAM was founded in 1914 that meant Impression and 20th century movements including surrealism. Paintings by Matisse are particularly strong, as is the American collection. The museum continues to acquire and display work from living artists. Women have always been important here as directors, donors, and artists. We saw a wonderful series of installations by Tomás Saraceno (born 1973). There is a shop with lots of art books and artisan jewelry on sale and a white tablecloth restaurant.

We visited on a school holiday. While the museum was hardly deserted, it wasn’t packed either, making it pleasant to walk around and enjoy the art. Its moderate size also keeps it from being overwhelming and exhausting.

Thank NikaJunie
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Reviewed 4 March 2018

...and do at the Baltimore Museum of Art. So glad we took our children to this museum. Lots to see and do for all ages.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

The museum is not extensive by large city standards. It’s nice to spend a rainy day here exploring all the collections. From impressionists to modern it’s the museum that has it all. Staff is always happy to sharpen your knowledge of a particular holding. Worth your time to wander the halls.

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Reviewed 2 March 2018

A wonderful experience! Lovely Moon Dust Exhibition by Spencer Finch as you enter. One of the best Matisse exhibitions, lots of other famous works of Picasso, Van Gogh, Klimt - wonderful sculptures, vases, silverware - a very interesting contemporary art section. As with all Galleries the Shop is filled with beautiful, unusual gifts. In future no matter where I visit I'm going straight to the Art Gallery store for shopping.

A simple, free trip on the purple bus takes you right there and that it's free is just a huge plus.

A must is to visit the restaurant Getrude's. A bit snooty but a bit of class makes it right for the gallery restaurant.

Thank Queen14259
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