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Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) is an internationally known museum recognized for its outstanding collection of over 95,000 pieces of art. Today, the museum is housed in a 210,000-square-foot neoclassical building designed by famous American architect John Russell Pope. Outside the building, visitors will find two beautifully landscaped gardens—The Wurtzburger and Levi Sculpture Gardens—each with a collection of 20th-century sculptures. Many locals describe the sculpture gardens as a quiet respite from the bustling city.
The museum has several notable highlights that make it so revered in the art community. For example, BMA holds the largest number of Henri Matisse pieces in the world. Matisse was a French artist who was considered the greatest colorist of the 20th century. A rival to the famous Pablo Picasso, Matisse started his career as a Post-Impressionist but eventually gained recognition as the leader of the French Fauvism movement. Many come to BMA from around the world to see his collection.
In 2015, the BMA completed a $28 million dollar multi-year renovation which established a new education center, improved infrastructure and provided additional visitor amenities. With the upgrades, the galleries featuring African, American, Asian, and contemporary art were also thoughtfully updated. Thus, visitors have a beautiful, tranquil place to view some of the world's most brilliant pieces of art.
Thanks to a generous grant from Wilmington Trust and ongoing donations, the BMA is free of charge for all guests. However, some special exhibits and events may require a charge. The museum is closed Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday through Sunday, opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The outdoor sculpture gardens are open year-round but close each day at dusk.
Cover photo courtesy of the Baltimore Museum of Art.