(Courtesy Baltimore Museum of Art)
Housing 95,000 objects, from ancient mosaics to contemporary art, including the world's largest holding of works by Henri Matisse. Cone Collection features Renoir, Matisse, Gauguin and Picasso. Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing showcasing 200 years of American artistic efforts, Tiffany hall and grand salon of Maryland-related works. Newly renovated African and Asian art galleries featuring 85 works in the former and more than 2,000 in the latter. W-Su 10 am-5 p.m. Free.
Highlights and Tips:
- Start your visit in the Cone Wing, where sisters Etta and Claribel Cone's considerable collection of modern art (left to the museum in 1949) includes iconic Henri Matisse works like "Blue Nude" and "Reclining Blue Nude."
- In mild weather, the sculpture garden sets a calming backdrop for reflection. Among the 34 impressive pieces dotting the outdoor space, find Alexander Calder's bold "100 Yard Dash." In August, the garden comes alive with jazz, featuring top area musicians (buy tickets online).
- Finally, don't miss the Maryland Salon in the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing. Here, paintings and sculptures proudly show off their connection to the "Old Line State."