Baltimore Museum offers history and culture

The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914 and has grown immensely since with over 95,000 works of art. (Photo from BMA)

The Baltimore Museum of Art is a perfect destination for free, easygoing entertainment for all ages.

The Baltimore Museum of Art was founded in 1914 and has grown immensely since with over 95,000 works of art. (Photo from

When entering the gallery, visitors are greeted by a receptionist who was friendly and pleasantly helpful in enabling me to navigate the museum. I was given a map that clearly laid out where to start and where everything was in relation to each other, making the experience much more enjoyable.

I quickly realized that the Baltimore Museum was far more than just an art gallery.  The museum showcased not just oils on canvass, but beautiful wood sculptures and furniture pieces that were not only aesthetically pleasing, but also had historical relevance to Baltimore as well.

This museum showcased brilliant masterpieces, but it also has fun interactive pieces that were unlike anything I’ve ever seen.  There were original masterpieces from the great Jackson Pollock on display as well as innovative pictures that changed visually based on your iPhone’s camera flash. Sculptures embedded into the walls included mirrors that warped the viewer’s perception and allowed everyone to see into other rooms and even into the floors of the museum itself.

Dark rooms with light projectors gave viewers the illusion of movement, and there were even sculptures that visitors could walk under and around.  In the very heart of the museum was a room with a homier feel.  It was elegant enough to be a grand living room of a home, complete with carpeted floors and dressers filled with dishes, and sofas and chairs served as the centerpiece of the room.  The art on the wall, specifically focused on horse racing, dated from as early as the seventeenth century.  In a glass case was a gorgeous display of the Triple Crown trophy for thoroughbred horse racing:  The Kentucky Derby, The Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.  The room as a whole was stunning.

The staff was helpful and engaging.  They provided information about the art displayed as well as stories about the museum itself.  Everyone was very friendly, making the visit all the more engaging.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is perfect for a relaxing and educational afternoon.  It’s a wonderful place for a date or even just a way to casually pass the time and learn the history of Baltimore through the medium of art. Make a visit to this wonderful place as soon as you can.

The museum galleries are open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Admission is free.

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