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Baltimore Museum of Art

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Address: 10 Art Museum Dr, Baltimore, MD 21218-3898
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+1 443-573-1700
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Wed - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 18:00

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is home to an internationally renowned...

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.

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Simply one of the best!

Perfect. A must see. Always love taking my nieces when they are in town. Would recommend to both locals or those visiting the area.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
Maureen S
Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Perfect. A must see. Always love taking my nieces when they are in town. Would recommend to both locals or those visiting the area.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016

AND AREN'T WE ALL. Spectacular display. Shoots you right above the world of daily reality. If you are a dabbler, it will have you mumbling under your breath for months. JOIN and elevate yourself to "PATRON of the ARTS" status.

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2016 via mobile

Nice size, wide range of interesting exhibits. Not your typical stuffy museum with paintings on the wall. Enjoyed the free highlights tour. The docent, Keryl got to pick her favorites and shared her enthusiasm. Amazing job done on a free museum. Gertrudes, the restaurant in the museum was also surprisingly nice.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2016

The collection of French paintings is fantastic. The contemporary section is interesting as well. I wish I could have spent more time in the sculpture and African art. The museum was not at all crowded on a Saturday afternoon. A real hidden gem of Baltimore!

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Laurel, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

I was amazed at the quality of the Baltimore Museum of Art since I had never heard of it before. The exhibits are excellent, and at the time I visited included very interesting African masks and a collection of ancient Asian works, as well as paintings by famous artists such as Matisse, Van Gogh, Rembrant, Gauguin, Picasso, etc. The exhibits... More 

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Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2016

I personally enjoyed more the Walters Museum in Baltimore. The Matisse is impressive. If you are not a particular art fan, you may not find this museum so exciting, but will still enjoy certain galleries of the museum. One hour would be enough in this case. Drop by the museum shop on the way out.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2016

This is a don't miss museum. A very good variety of old and new pieces. Excellent Matisse collection (a favorite artist of mine) Its free which is a big bonus but I'd go anyway. Parking can be a bit tricky, the lot is small. Its a decent sized museum without being overwhelming like some other art museums. Plenty to see.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2016

The BMA was the highlight of my trip to Baltimore. The museum is large without being overwhelming and, best of all, free. The new "imaging home" exhibit peaked my interest so I thought I would check it out after a week of meetings in town. Although small, the exhibit was thoughtful, unique, and, at times, moving. It captured the complexity... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016

I enjoyed my trip to the Baltimore Museum of Art. I am not a big fan of modern art, and they had quite a bit of it, but they had a lot of other art to see. My favorite areas were the European art and the Portrait gallery. I enjoyed the Cone collection as well. This art museum is unique,... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016

Re-creating - actually dismantling and reassembling -entire historical rooms to display exhibits is an especially memorable aspect to the wealth of art and riches to be found at BMA.

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