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Baltimore Museum of Art
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Worth it for the Matisses alone
Jan 18, 2015 by: Beth P from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The BMA is a must-do on a trip to Baltimore. Its size allows you to enjoy lots of variety without feeling overwhelmed. Staff greet each visitor at the door with an offer of directions and suggestions. And it's free. As in NO ENTRANCE FEE EVER. And for that almost unheard-of price of admission, even if you see nothing but the Cone Collection, the trip is worth it. You needn't be a Matisse fan (though how can anyone not be?!) to appreciate how this collection is arrayed and curated. Getting to know the Cones, in addition to seeing the paintings, is like a mini-course in Impressionist collecting and history. Take time for the Virtual Tour of the Cone Sisters' Apartments, an amazing digitally-produced visit to their homes, with their collections on view just as they were arrayed in the Cones' lifetimes. Touch the screen and "walk" into and around each room, and make sure to look for Matisse himself standing by a sideboard. Besides all that, the BMA sits in the Homewood section of Baltimore, which many tourists don't see. Nearby are Johns Hopkins University, interesting residential blocks, some good cafes and restaurants, and a beautiful park. Worth a detour from the Inner Harbor, for sure.
Nice setting in a great museum
Jan 06, 2015 by: John B from Arlington VA
We were not really aware of Gertrude's after a nice visit to the newly-renovated and fabulous BMA. The cafe is comfortable, quiet and just the place for a light lunch. Nice menu choices including cream of crab and Md-style crab soup and sandwiches.
The Cone Collection Is A Must-See
Dec 30, 2014 by: Maria212 from New York City
Finally got myself to the museum and the Cone Collection. Impressive, to say the least. It was also lovely to be in a museum that's not crowded (I live in NYC) although we were there the Saturday before Christmas so maybe that's just a quiet day. Museum facilities are excellent, and we really enjoyed the restaurant. Good food, music and fun contest - staff members had decorated row house models. Didn't have the time or energy to see much of the rest of the collection, but it looked interesting.
Art in easily digestible package
Dec 21, 2014 by: ARL2601 from Arlington, VA
If you are normally overwhelmed by art museums, then the BMA if perfect for you. Well laid out and not too large, could easily be seen in 2-3 hours. Free admission. Friendly staff. They are known for the Matisse collection, but I am not a fan so I skipped those rooms. The furniture/decorative pieces of 17th-19th century America was fun to see. Cool building.
day at the museum
Dec 21, 2014 by: robpb from Catonsville, Maryland
The BMA front door is open and you enter as John Russell Pope, the Architect, intended. Pope also designed the National Gallery of Art in DC. The new galleries flanking the entrance are beautiful. Excellent collection and excellent restaurant in Gertrude's.
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