Friday, November 16, 2007

Places to go, People to see

The Baltimore Museum of Art is a worthwhile trip. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays and general admission is free. They do have some special exhibits for which there is a fee.

The museum began in 1914 with a single object at a temporary location. It quickly grew and became a popular attraction. Architect, John Russell Pope was hired to design the current museum which is located between the neighborhoods of Remington and Charles Village. The current building opened to the public in 1929.

The museum is home to 90,000 works of art including the largest holding of Henri Matisse in the world. The collection also includes works by Picasso, Cezanne and van Gogh. The museum is known for its collection of contemporary art and includes several pop art works of Andy Warhol.

The Cone Sister's collection was donated to the museum in the 50's. That is one of my favorite rooms of the museum and includes a virtual tour of what the Cone sister's apartment looked like with all that art in it. Cool and interactive, but also a hot spot for unruly kids in need parental supervision last time I was there.

There is also a sculpture garden on the grounds covering nearly 3 acres.

Gertrude's is the restaurant on site and in the summer time I understand there are Jazz events there, but I haven't made it yet.

There is also an auditorium hosting special events such as movies, concerts, etc.

1 comment:

NJG said...

Added to my list...thanks CCG.