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Baltimore Museum of Art

This free museum has the world’s largest Matisse collection, along with well-known pop art and other works by master painters from the 15th century to the present.

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is a prominent building in the style of ancient Roman architecture. The Matisse collection, work by 19th-century European masters and the contemporary art wing featuring Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and other pop artists are among the museum’s biggest attractions. The scenic sculpture gardens offer further famous works and a free interactive tour keeps children entertained.

The BMA started out with just one precious American painting shortly after it was incorporated in 1914. More famous works soon followed, such as Anthony van Dyck's melodramatic Rinaldo and Armida. The Cone Collection, with some 3,000 modern works by Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso and Gauguin, was donated to the museum shortly after World War II. Two Baltimore sisters had acquired the outstanding private collection during a lifetime of visits to European studios. Take a virtual tour of the sisters’ apartments full of paintings.

Today the museum’s collection has more than 90,000 works of art including the world’s largest collection by French artist Henri Matisse. Don’t be surprised to find a Van Gogh or a Renoir here; the museum houses many masterpieces. Visit the contemporary art wing, which is internationally recognized for its broad collection of unique pieces.

For younger visitors there are hands-on art workshops, a free audio tour and costume packs. Head outside to visit the two sculpture gardens and see replicas of famous creations by Rodin and Henry Moore. In July and August, bring a picnic, or book a restaurant table, to enjoy an outdoor jazz concert at night.

BMA is a three-mile (five-kilometer) drive north from the Inner Harbor. The complex has gardens, a restaurant and art shop. Bus stops and paid parking options are within walking distance. The BMA is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays and some public holidays. Admission is free, but some special exhibitions and events are ticketed.


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Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore - a DoubleTree by Hilton

Inn at the Colonnade Baltimore - a DoubleTree by Hilton

4 W University Pkwy, Baltimore
4.1
of 5, from 832 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Johns Hopkins University and Baltimore Museum of Art. Washington Monument and Walters Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$59
Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

110 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
3.0
of 5, from 1,618 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and USS Constellation. Walters Art Museum and Washington Monument are also within 15 minutes.

$79
Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor

Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor

101 W Fayette St, Baltimore
3.6
of 5, from 3,631 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor is a 10-minute walk from the Inner Harbor and Baltimore Convention Center. Attractions within a 10-minute walk of the hotel include Walters Art Museum and the Maryland Historical Society. Camden Yards is 12 minutes away on foot.

$70
Wilson House Bed & Breakfast

Wilson House Bed & Breakfast

2100 Mt Royal Terrace, Baltimore
4.5
of 5, from 32 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this bed & breakfast is within 2 mi (3 km) of Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Washington Monument. National Aquarium in Baltimore and Walters Art Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$99
Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor

Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor

511 S Central Ave, Baltimore
4.4
of 5, from 875 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Baltimore Tattoo Museum and National Aquarium in Baltimore. USS Constellation and American Visionary Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Colorful Sunny Home in Quiet City Area Near JHU and all the City has to Offer

Colorful Sunny Home in Quiet City Area Near JHU and all the City has to Offer

3605 Yolando Road, Baltimore
4.7
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This vacation home is located in Baltimore (Downtown Baltimore), close to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Morgan State University. Also nearby are St. Mark's Church and Baltimore Streetcar Museum.

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

24 West Franklin Street, Baltimore
4.6
of 5, from 416 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Baltimore hotel is steps away from the Walters Art Museum and within walking distance of the Inner Harbor.

In Baltimore With Internet, Air Conditioning, Terrace, Washing Machine

In Baltimore With Internet, Air Conditioning, Terrace, Washing Machine

3715 Yolando Rd, Baltimore, MD 21218,, Baltimore
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This vacation home is located in Baltimore (Downtown Baltimore), close to Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Museum of Art, and Morgan State University. Also nearby are St. Mark's Church and Baltimore Streetcar Museum.