When I was a child, my mom brought me down here for art lessons. I must have been young, but I remember the teacher trying to tell me how to do trees so they weren't big blobs, but that I still didn't have to do each leaf. I'm still not too good with foliage. My first oil painting, the instructor did the tree leaves for me.
Since Charles Street is mostly one way north, I don't get to see this museum much as when I travel through Baltimore. I usually go south on St. Paul Street, and north on Calvert. But if you can get onto the short section of Charles that goes south past Hopkins, you will come to Museum Drive on the right. If you take Museum Drive, it will bring you right out in front of the museum which has twin lions flanking the steps, and I remember Rodin's Thinker in the front.. I understand this statue is now in the forecourt and isn't outside anymore.
Since my time there has been a new wing built, and the (more accessible) entrance is on the side.
Wednesday - Friday, 11 a.m - 5 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday, 11 a.m - 6 p.m.
Free First Thursday of each month, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Live music, performances, tours, and talks on Free First Thursday evenings from 5 - 8 p.m.
Free Members and ages 18 and under
$5 Seniors 65 and over
$5 College students with I.D.
$7 Adults ages 19 and over
The BMA is closed Monday, Tuesday, New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving, Christmas.
From Penn Station: Take a train to Baltimore's Penn Station and forget about parking! Cabs are readily available at the station; the five-minute cab ride from the station to the Museum should cost approximately $7.50. MTA City buses nos. 3 and 11 are also available from Penn Station, to within sight of the Museum.
There is metered parking in the lot and on the street quarters only. The cost of the meters is .25 cents per half hour or $2 dollars for the meter maximum duration of 4 hours. Change machines are provided at the entrance to the east and west lots.
The Cone Collection here includes works by matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Gaugin, van Gogh and Renoir. I go to see the works of Asia, Africa and the Near East.
There is also a summer jazz concert series.
From their website:
"Baltimore Art Museum has headdresses, masks, royal staffs, carvings, textiles, jewelry, tools, and pottery among the intricate works of art found in this collection from the diverse cultures of Africa, Asia, and the Americas. John Russell Pope Building showcases elegant installations of 18th through 20th century American painting and sculpture, decorative arts including furniture, silver, textiles and folk art, and period rooms from six Maryland historic houses. "
The Cone wing at the BMA has an incredibly important collection of Matisses, along with many Cezannes, Renoirs, and Picassos.
In this wing, not only will you view paintings and sculptures, but also will get a glimpse into the lives of the Baltimore sisters who were such astute collectors.
While you're at the BMA, you may want to check out the neighboring contemporary art wing, with the large number of Warhol paintings, and my favorite, the Jeff Koons bunny.
The museum's neoclassical main building was conceived by John Russell Pope, architect of the National Gallery in Washington DC. This great art museum contains paintings from some of the finest and most noteworthy artists including Matisse, Picasso, C?zanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, and Monet. The Matisse collection is the largest in the Western Hemisphere. There are over 90,000 paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts on exhibit. The museum has the world's second-largest collection of Andy Warhol works. There are many pieces of 18th- and 19th-century American painting and decorative arts as well as postimpressionist paintings. On the grounds is a 3-acre sculpture garden displaying works by Alexander Calder and Henry Moore.