From colonial times right on through to today, Baltimore has been a city of culture. Nowhere is that culture more evident than in the city’s many museums that offer everything from historic pieces of art to science figures to life-size wax figures. Here are some Baltimore museums for you to check out.
The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum — 1601-03 East North Ave., Oliver
As Maryland’s first wax museum, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum traces African heritage from Imhotep to Harriet Tubman to Barack Obama — in wax, of course. The museum is also home to an exhibit on the Atlantic slave trade, featuring a full-size replica slave ship.
American Visionary Arts Museum — 800 Key Highway, Federal Hill
This unconventional museum highlights “outsider art” — self-taught pieces of expression, from videos to paintings to sculpture, that push the boundaries of what you’ll find in most art museums. Check it out and diversify your artistic palette.
National Aquarium — 501 E. Pratt St., Inner Harbor
Congress designated Baltimore’s aquarium as the nation’s official one for a reason: It’s awesome.
As one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions, you can expect it to be crowded no matter when you go. But staying away is a mistake. Visitors can see as many as 750 different species of creatures at the aquarium. Exhibits are modelled after different biomes from across the globe, from an Indo-Pacific coral reef to the lakes of Maryland to the rainforest.
Maryland Science Center, 601 Light St., Inner Harbor
Along with the aquarium, the Science Center is the Inner Harbor’s biggest tourist attraction. But things were different when it opened in 1976. The Science Center helped revitalize what was once a neglected, blighted part of the city. The Science Center is in the midst of a 40th birthday celebration this summer, making it a particularly good time to visit.
The Science Center features many exhibits geared toward young minds, and it is consistently ranked as one of the best places for kids in Baltimore. Adults will have a good experience, too, as we can attest.
Baltimore Museum of Art — 10 Art Museum Dr., Homewood
Located adjacent to the Johns Hopkins University campus, the Baltimore Museum of Art is home to 90,000 works of art. To top it off, admission is free, so there’s no excuse not to visit.
If you’re a big fan of French painter Henri Matisse, you’re in luck: The BMA has the largest collection of Matisse paintings in the world. The halls of the museum also display works by Renoir, van Gogh, Picasso and Cézanne, among many others.
The Walters Art Museum, 60 North Charles St., Mount Vernon
Here in Baltimore’s other great art museum, you’ll find art dating back to ancient Egypt. Trace art history on through the Greek and Roman empires, the Medieval period and 19-century Europe. Admission is free to this great art museum as well.
Baltimore does history like no other, and we’re lucky to have these museums — and many more that didn’t make this list — at our disposal.
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