Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore, United States
Sat, Sun: 11 AM to 6 PM
Baltimore is blessed with not just one, but two world class art museums: The Walters and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
The museum houses one of the best collections of American Art. With its proximity to the Brandywine and Hudson River Valley, where some of the best American artists lived and worked, it's not surprising that the collection is heavy on Thomas Eakins and Thomas Cole.
BMA and the Walters complement each other well, although this was not always the case. When the city asked Walters to open his gallery to the general public to serve as the city’s museum, he refused. The city had to search for other benefactors so as not to display bare walls. Thankfully, the city had plenty of them. Generous gifts, especially from the Cone Sisters continued to increase their collection. Today, the Museum boasts over 90,000 pieces including works by Picasso, van Gogh and the largest collection of works by Henri Matisse.
One of their prized possessions are the Antioch Mosaics, a series of 34 mosaics unearthed in Turkey. The mosaics, once part of the ancient city of Antakya, date from 200 to 600 AD and are considered a bridge between art of the ancient world to the Middle Ages.
There is limited parking at the museum. The cost is $6 all day (first 30 minutes free). There is an overflow parking lot at Johns Hopkins University. Parking tickets can be validated at the museum for a discount.
The MTA 3 and 11 bus serve the Museum.