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Lucky for fans of world-class art, many creative-minded Bal­ti­more des­ti­na­tions carry no ad­mis­sion fee. At The Wal­ters Art Mu­seum, find a var­ied col­lec­tion that in­cludes paint­ings, sculp­ture, Fabergé eggs, knights’ ar­mor and an in­tact Egyp­tian mummy in its orig­i­nal wrap­pings. Three gal­leries dubbed the Cham­ber of Won­ders dis­play the riches that might have been owned by a 17th-cen­tury no­ble­man in the Spanish Nether­lands. To view the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Cone Col­lec­tion of mod­ern art—and the world’s largest hold­ing of works by Henri Matisse— head to the Bal­ti­more Mu­seum of Art (above). Its 95,000 ob­jects also en­com­pass an­cient mo­saics, African masks and contemporary sculptures in two ter­raced gar­dens. Out­sider artists are the fo­cus at the one-of-a-kind Amer­i­can Vi­sion­ary Art Mu­seum. While there’s an ad­mis­sion fee for the in­door gal­leries, ex­plo­ration of the quirky out­door art comes gratis. You can’t miss the 55-foot-tall whirligig by farmer­me­chanic Vol­lis Simp­son. Next-gen cre­atives hone their skills at the Mary­land In­sti­tute Col­lege of Art, which also has pub­lic gal­leries. See pages 18-19.

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