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Trip Advisor Plan an "Art Spa Day" on a Sunday for a Fun Day At the BMA!
Aug 26, 2014 by: Rubi_Luvz2travel from Baltimore
A quick drive from the Inner Harbor, above (north) of the lovely Charles St historic area you'll find a Gem of a Fine Arts Museum - The Baltimore Museum of Art. Yes, it is undergoing a renovation and will be fully opened in October, but don't wait till then if you love any of the following: seeing a genuine Degas dancer sculpture, paintings by Matisse, Gauguin, Picasso, Manet, Cezanne, an astonishing collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art bequeathed by a spunky pair of Baltimorean sisters, Claribel and Etta Cone - who likely would have been using Trip Advisor if they had computers in the 19th century! If you go in the afternoon you may be lucky to catch the docent who leads "Chick Chat", and will show certain pieces of art on display and open your eyes to what you are looking at. Oh, did I mention that Sundays are a fine time to go there because you can have brunch at the wonderful Gertrude's restaurant that is housed at this wonderful museum? Gertrude's has both interior dining and a covered patio that overlooks the park and a beautiful sculpture garden and hear the sounds of water from the fountain. The menu covers vegans to seafood lovers, the service is gracious, and the food is excellent. The restaurant has stayed open during the renovation. Oh, if you have kids there will likely be a room open adjacent to the Cone collection where they can do some drawing themselves, and there are wonderful free handouts for children that will engage them in learning some art lingo and concepts. They have a delightful gift shop to peruse, delightful art books for kids and adults, jewelry, funky and fun Baltimore stuff, and you can actually take home something that won't cost you a fortune. One more reason to go on a Sunday: free parking is ample on the street right across from the museum! I was there during August having a wonderful visit with my sister who came down from NY and I traveled up from DC area, but truth be told, I come here to the Baltimore Museum of Art frequently - it is one of my art 'sanctuary' spots, and I leave as if I've had an art spa day, refreshed and energized. You don't have to wait for a Sunday to go there, but it is a wonderful way to spend part of a weekend in Baltimore, and away from the more tourist-track locales by the Inner Harbor.

Trip Advisor Wait until fall 2014 before visiting; about half the museum is closed now
Aug 23, 2014 by: Marblehead750 from Dayton, Ohio
I visited in Aug 2014 and about half the museum was closed due to renovations. It is set to reopen sometime in the Fall of 2014. What was open was very nice and admission is (currently) free. Not many decorative arts on display, but lots of great paintings and a few sculptures. I parked on the street at a meter and it's 50 cents per hour, which is dirt cheap.

Trip Advisor Come for the Matisse, stay for the fun
Aug 23, 2014 by: Bryan R from Washington DC, District of Columbia
What a great and charming museum located in the northern part for Baltimore in the historic Charles Village Neoghborhood. Located right next to Johns Hopkins University, and Wymman Park (one for the best preserved of the Olmstead parks,) this is a world class museum. Holding the largest collection of Matisse paintings of any collection, there is sure to be something for everyone. Especially of interest to kids and adults alike is the miniature room. Enjoy a spot of lunch at Gertrude's or buy a snack and enjoy a stroll through the sculpture garden. A great place to kill a day in baltimore.

Trip Advisor One of the best museums on the East Coast
Aug 22, 2014 by: BlueNWashington from Washington DC
Fine collections in an interesting museum building. Especially strong on the Impressionists--the Conn Sisters Collection is superb. The museum has a very nice restaurant, with outside dining in the summer. Gardens adjacent are very pleasant. Worth a drive to Baltimore from anywhere on the East Coast.

Trip Advisor Baltimore has the best museums!
Aug 21, 2014 by: Miviw from Dayton, Ohio
Opened from Wed.- Sun. as most of the museums are. This museum has self guided tours as well as some scheduled guided but it 's easy to get around. You can also use your Smartphone as a mobile guide. There are lots of attendants stationed throughout. You can take pictures w/o the flash and you'll want to take lots of them. The Renoir was my first preference, it was smaller than I thought but great to just see it in person. A special attraction is a replica of the Cone Sisters' parlor as it was and a virtual showing of how they lived and their collections, this was fantastic! There are 3 floors and the 3rd floor was closed to renovations however plan to spend at least 2 hrs. The sculptures, one of my favorites - The Thinker was positioned in one of the Atriums was a great pic. There is also an outside Sculpture Garden where you can walk the paths and see each up close,no touching though. Highly recommended. There was a restaurant called Gertrude's but we didn't eat there. The Museum Store is small but nice, lots of things to purchase from jewelery to prints.

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