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.
The Museum has a long tradition of collecting art of the day, beginning with the Cone Sisters, whose avid acquisitions from living artists signaled the Museum's commitment to contemporary art.
The Museum’s outstanding collection is recognized for its:
- Cone Collection of modern art;
- European masterpieces;
- distinguished American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts;
- impressive examples of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalist sculpture, and Conceptual Art;
- 15th- through 19th-century prints, drawings, and photographs;
- one of the most important African collections in the country;
- and a 100-year survey of modern and contemporary sculpture in two beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens.
General admission is free for everyone, every day.
The BMA is currently under an exciting $28 million renovation. The first milestone of the unprecedented project was realized in fall 2012 with the unveiling of the revitalized Contemporary Wing. In fall 2014 in celebration of the Museum’s 100th, the BMA will reopen the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing; the East Wing Lobby and Zamoiski Entrance; and the historic Merrick Entrance of the Museum’s original 1929 building designed by John Russell Pope. New presentations of the Africa and Asian collections and a new learning and creativity center are scheduled to open in late spring 2015.
The BMA will remain open throughout the renovation, continuing to present special exhibitions and programs inspired by its exceptional collection. If you are visiting the BMA to see a specific work of art or collection, please call Visitor Services at 443-573-1701 on the day of your visit to ensure it will be on view. In addition to renovating galleries, we continue to loan works and send traveling exhibitions from our outstanding collection to museums in the U.S. and abroad.
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