Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art has a collection of over 90,000 objects, including the largest holding of works by Henry Matisse in the world. Visitors can explore the artwork in the 210,000-square-foot 1920s building or explore three acres of modern and contemporary art in the BMA Sculpture Garden.
Reginald F. Lewis Museum
Address: 830 E Pratt Street
Admission: $6 - $8 (Check website for details)
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum collects, preserves, interprets, documents, and exhibits the contributions of African American Marylanders throughout history. The museum has over 13,000-square-feet of exhibit space and hosts educational workshops and activities for children and adults daily.
The Walters Art Museum
Address: 600 N Charles Street
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm; Thursday, 10 am – 9 pm
The original collection of the Walters Art Museum was donated by Henry Walters (1848-1931) upon his death “for the benefit of the public.” His 22,000-work collection of Islamic, Russian, and Near East Art has since expanded to include more than 36,000-works that highlight ancient Mediterranean, African, East Asian, Middle Eastern, American, and more artistic works.
The Baltimore Civil War Museum is situated in the President Street Station, the terminus of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore Railroad. Built-in 1849, it witnessed the first bloodshed of the Civil War on April 19, 1861, when Southern sympathizers clashed with Massachusetts volunteers en route to Washington. Before the war, it was also a stop on the Underground Railroad. This museum illustrates Baltimore’s role before and during the Civil War while also covering Maryland’s railroad history.
Opened in 1995, the American Visionary Art Museum specializes in preserving and displaying outsider art, art created by self-taught and amateur artists with non-traditional themes and/or materials, and visionary art, art that attempts to portray spiritual or mystical themes. The museum has been designated by Congress as America’s national museum for visionary art.
Located in Baltimore Harbor, stop and visit the USS Constellation, the LV116 Chesapeake, USS Torsk, USCGC Taney, and the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. The ships and lighthouse highlight different portions of Maryland’s naval and maritime history.
Preserved by Poe Baltimore, the Edgar Allan Poe House is the site where Poe wrote several of his early short stories and poems. The house is preserved to remember the life of one of Baltimore’s famous literary legacies.
The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House is where Mary Pickersgill with help from her daughter, her niece, and Grace Wisher, an African-American indentured servant, sewed the only official flag with fifteen stars and fifteen stripes in 1813. This flag flew over Fort McHenry during the Battle of Baltimore on September 13-14, 1814, and was the inspiration for Francis Scott Key’s poem “Defence of Fort M’Henry,” which eventually became the lyrics to the Star-Spangled Banner. This house explores Mary Pickersgill’s life and the legacy of the flag she sewed.
Located in the inner Baltimore Harbor, the Maryland Science Center makes science fun and engaging for the whole family with three levels of exhibits, a planetarium, an IMAX theater, and an observatory.
With over 1.5 million visitors a year, the National Aquarium is the largest tourist attraction in Maryland. Home to over 750 species of underwater creations, visitors can watch dolphins play in the water, learn more about jellyfish, and watch fish swimming in over 2.2 million gallons of water.