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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.