The Bal­ti­more Museum of Art

Where Baltimore - - Editor's Itinerary -

This free museum be­gan with a sin­gle paint­ing in 1914 and has grown to more than 95,000 works, in­clud­ing the largest hold­ing of Henri Matisse in the world. But if you’re short on time, start in the Cone Wing. Sis­ters Etta and Clari­bel be­gan amass­ing their con­sid­er­able col­lec­tion of mod- ern art in the early-to-mid 20th cen­tury and left it all to the museum in 1949. The as­sem­blage in­cludes iconic Matisse works like “Blue Nude” and “Re­clin­ing Blue Nude” (above, left). In mild weather, the sculp­ture gar­den sets a calm­ing stage for re­flec­tion. Among the 34 im­pres­sive pieces dot­ting the out­door space, find Alexan­der Calder’s bold “100 Yard Dash” (above, cen­ter). In Au­gust, the gar­den comes alive with jazz, fea­tur­ing top area mu­si­cians (buy tick­ets on­line). Fi­nally, stop into the sunny Mary­land Salon (above) in the Dorothy McIlvain Scott Amer­i­can Wing. Here, paint­ings and sculp­tures proudly show off their connection to the “Old Line State.”

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