About the BMA
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city.
As a major cultural destination for the greater Baltimore region, the BMA organizes and presents a variety of dynamic exhibitions and innovative programs throughout the year, and frequently hosts special events with cultural and educational partners. The Museum is located three miles north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in a park-like setting in the heart of Charles Village, adjacent to the main campus of The Johns Hopkins University. It is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and a massive wing for contemporary art added in 1994.
Gertrude’s restaurant and The BMA Shop are destinations unto themselves. Visitors enjoy superb regional cuisine from celebrity chef John Shields while overlooking the scenic sculpture gardens or listening to the popular summer jazz concerts. The BMA Shop offers a variety of unique art-inspired gifts, including items from local artists and craftsmen.
Thanks to extraordinary government and private support, general admission to the BMA is free for everyone, every day, so that great art is accessible to all.
World Renowned, Welcoming All, Inspiring the Minds
This video offers a preview of the BMA’s capital renovation project. Hear from Director Doreen Bolger, Curator of Contemporary Art Kristen Hileman, and Deputy Director of Education Anne Manning about what you might expect from the unveiling of the Contemporary Wing in 2012. Curators David Park Curry and Nichole Bridges talk about their excitement about creating spaces worthy of the BMA’s extraordinary American and African collections by the Museum’s 100th Anniversary in 2014.