Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
Baltimore , Maryland
Tel: 443 573 1700
Concierge.com's insider take:
Set three miles north of the Inner Harbor in parklike Charles Village, adjacent to Johns Hopkins University, the Baltimore Museum of Art may surprise first-time visitors with the scope of its collection. The monumental neoclassical building designed by John Russell Pope holds major works by Botticelli, Van Dyck, Picasso, and Gauguin, castings of iconic sculptures by Rodin and Degas, and several dozen exquisite Antioch mosaics, which enliven a sun-splashed atrium courtyard. The core of the museum's holdings, including the largest number of works in the world by Matisse, is the Cone Collection. It was the gift of two thoroughly modern sisters, Etta and Claribel Cone, friends of Gertrude Stein who decorated their Baltimore apartment wall-to-wall with Impressionist masterpieces. The Cone Wing includes a touch-screen virtual tour of the sisters' amazing rooms. Given Maryland's importance in thoroughbred racing, the BMA also has an entire room devoted to English sporting art, with paintings by George Stubbs and the Tiffany-designed Woodlawn Vase, presented every May at nearby Pimlico racetrack to the winner of the Preakness Stakes. Plan on having lunch here: Instead of a pedestrian café, you'll find modern American fare at Gertrude's Restaurant, which overlooks the Sculpture Garden.
Open Wednesdays through Fridays 11 am to 5 pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11 am to 6 pm.