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Baltimore Museum of Art
Ranked #7 of 243 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 26 January 2013

What a wonderful day trip! I gave myself 3 hours and still didn't get to see everything. A lot of the museum is under construction right now but don't let that deter you - there is a lot to see and the price (free) is right! (but throw a couple bucks in the donation bin anyway!)

The variation of the artist works in here is pretty wide and amazing, a little bit of everything, from Monet and Matisse to Picasso, Boticelli, Rodin, you name it. I didn't even get to see the Contemporary exhibit but the European Painting & Sculptures, the Antioch Mosaics, and the Cone Collection will eat up many hours easily. Other areas open right now are the Contemporary Art, Modern Art, and the upstairs contemporary art area.

They do a wonderful job with posted descriptions of the works, as well as the backgrounds of the painters, and the backgrounds of the Cone family, who purchased a lot of the famous works in the exhibit hall. I think you can also get an audio tour, but since I limited my time, I did not look into that.

The staff are cordial and helpful. The restrooms are easy to find. The gift shop had a lot of fun and fascinating selections to browse. There is a very good restaurant on the premises (Gertrude's) and also an outdoor sculpture museum but it was closed (due to either the snow, or the cold weather) - can't wait to check it out in the warmer months.

Definitely a good time for families, and on a budget!

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Reviewed 26 January 2013

We visited the museum on a very chilly day looking for a respite from the cold. Were we in for a surprise! They have lots of Matisse. Also, many other renowned artists' works. It is a solid collection well worth the visit. The museum store was also nice.
The restaurant also looked great. We only stopped for refreshments at the bar since it was lunchtime and it was packed. It seems to be very popular with locals.
Go to this museum. It is really great!

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Reviewed 26 January 2013

The BMA is disappointing if you're expecting a comprehensive and well-curated collection. Its European pre19th century collection is spotty and decidedly underwhelming. It does have a good Impressionist collection, and its Matisse holdings are world famous. But otherwise, blah. However, the gift shop is excellent, there is a lovely sculpture garden, and the restaurant, Gertrude's, is very good.

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Reviewed 21 January 2013

Highlights are the Cone Collection (Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, and others), the African collection, and the new contemporary wing, which opened recently. There is plenty to see, from the miniature rooms, to furniture, silver, mosaics, and art from many different periods. Of course, I've been coming to this museum since I was a small child, and I've never tired of it.

Thank cadbar
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Reviewed 20 January 2013

I was very impressed with their modern collection. And their new contemporary wing is fantastic! Definitely a reason to come back.

Thank TuffLad
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