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Best Art Museums in Baltimore

April 18, 2011 8:55 AM

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From contemporary art to the ancient reliefs of Egypt, there are plenty of art pieces on display in the art museums of Baltimore.  Local artists should check out these local art museums for inspiration and networking opportunities.
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The Walters Art Museum

600 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-547-9000
www.thewalters.org
Internationally known and renowned for its artwork from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-Century Europe, The Walters Art Museum is quite the treasure for residents of Baltimore.  Started from the collections of William and Henry Walters, The Walters Art Museum also displays work of Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi.  Paintings of Raphael and El Greco are on display as are other works that make for an impressive Renaissance exhibit.  Be sure to check the Walters’ website for information about traveling exhibitions and artwork from visiting museums.  For a chance to go back in time, to discover, and to learn, The Walters Art Museum connects the historic Western world to us locally.

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American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Highway
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
410-244-1900
www.avam.org
From the soul, art is only relative to its creator, and thanks to the American Visionary Art Museum, self-taught individuals share their visionary creations to the outside world.  The American Visionary Art Museum is not your conventional art museum.  “Folk art” and “contemporary folk art” are not on display.  Replacing art defined by an identifiable tradition are visionary pieces that are spontaneous and individualized.  With over 4,000 visionary pieces, the American Visionary Art Museum has been the place for the best self-taught contributions to be accessed by the public for over 15 years.  The hope of the American Visionary Art Musuem is that it will open more minds and become a beacon of inspiration.

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Baltimore Museum Of Art

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
443-573-1700
www.artbma.org
For a great collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art, look no further then the Baltimore Museum of Art, BMA.  There are plenty of works to look at and enjoy from the BMA’s collection of 90,000 pieces.  Take a peaceful walk along the two beautifully landscaped gardens with 20th-Century sculpture displayed throughout.  Plan to attend a summer jazz concert which fills the gardens with soothing music.  The BMA is located north of the Inner Harbor and is adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University.

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Contemporary Museum

100 West Centre Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
410-783-5720
www.contemporary.org
Explore ideas from the art and cultures of the present at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore.  Committed to innovative programming and local collaborations, the Contemporary Museum has been a part of Baltimore since 1989.  Become a member of the Contemporary Museum and enjoy detailed information about exhibition receptions, discounted tickets and discounts from Baltimore restaurants and retailers.  There are also membership opportunities to help support the Contemporary Museum’s commitment of presenting works of art from under-served communities.  Visiting the Contemporary Museum is both a enjoyable trip and a beneficial contribution to the local Baltimore community.

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Maryland Art Place

8 Market Place
Suite 100
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
410-962-8565
www.mdartplace.org
The Maryland Art Place provides local artists with gallery space to present their work to the public.  Located in Power Plant Live!, the galleries are very inviting with 14-foot high ceilings, brick hallways and hardwood floors.  Local artists earn further exposure as rotating exhibitions keep art enthusiasts returning.  Keeping a focus on the visual artists from Maryland, The Maryland Art Place has a unique fan base and creates opportunities for networking.  Check the Maryland Art Place website for information on exhibits and artists from the Baltimore-area.

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