Discover Masterpieces at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters Art Museum or the AVAM.
(MICA alumna and faculty member Phaan Howng with her exhibition, "The Succession of Nature", on view at The Baltimore Museum of Art through October 8, 2018)
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to the internationally renowned Cone Collection, and it holds the largest and most significant collection of Henri Matisse's works in the world. Outside the BMA's walls lies the lavish Sculpture Garden, featuring two terraced gardens, fountains and 34 sculptures. Every Sunday the museum hosts hands-on workshops, interactive gallery tours and more activities for families, including the museum’s Family Audio Tour. The tour highlights 20 objects in the collection and is narrated by Raoudi, Matisse’s perky schnauzer.
The Walters Art Museum owns more than 25,000 pieces of art and offers free general admission (excluding special exhibits). Bring the whole family to enjoy special family tours and activities for all ages. Children will enjoy the displays of knights' armor, the statues, the colorful paintings, the furniture and the many small and lovely objects – including Fabergé eggs. The museum hosts a variety of free family programs as well, from drop-in art classes on Saturdays and Sundays to museum tours with family-friendly guides.
The exterior of the American Visionary Art Museum is almost as interesting as what you'll find inside. The building is surrounded by unique and curious sculptures that you can explore for free and it's open 24/7. Museum admission fees apply for access to indoor galleries.
Get in touch with your inner artist by exploring free exhibitions at Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center. The exhibitions showcase the work of artists from the mid-Atlantic region.
Find Your Next Great Read at The Book Thing
The Book Thing's mission is to find new homes for books no longer wanted by their owners. Although you're welcome to donate your own books, its not a necessity - you can still browse its offerings and stock up on free reads. Located in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood, the store is open only on weekends.
Browse the Galleries at the Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower
The Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower has been transformed into studio space for visual and literary artists. Take part in Open Studio Day to view impressive artwork by talented artists. During this free event, guests can visit artists' studios; view or purchase works of art; and enjoy refreshments and light fare.
Cruise the Fell's Point Art Loop
Spend an evening mingling with artists, sampling cheese and wine and soaking up the arts in Fell's Point. On the first Friday of every month, the Fell's Point Development Corporation works with 13 local galleries to display pieces by local artists. The types of art may include woodworking, photography, sculpture or oil paintings. Restaurants offer specials and stay open late.
Looking for other activities to enjoy in Baltimore? Check out Visit Baltimore for more options.