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American Visionary Art Museum
Exhibits in this multileveled building are extremely vibrant and unique. The museum takes pride in showcasing pieces from artists who are mostly self taught, all of whom have a common love for creating extraordinary pieces. Located in the Federal Hill neighborhood of Baltimore, it is one of the most popular museums in the city due to its distinct outward appearance and creative installations within.
Housing both permanent and temporary exhibitions, a walk through the museum reveals exciting pieces, such as a larger-than-life, colorful piece made from paper plates. A current exhibit entitled “All Things Round” focuses on round designs and artwork. An upstairs glass cabinet showcases a quirky Pez collection. For those who build up an appetite after walking around the exhibits, visitors can dine at the museum’s whimsical restaurant, Mr. Rain’s Fun House.
While the outside of the building covered with a detailed mosaic and an ornately decorated school bus welcomes visitors in, art is found all around this establishment–a large golden hand stretches out from the side of the museum’s wall while small hanging mirrors adorn a tree on the sidewalk.
The American Visionary Art Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum is the perfect place in Baltimore to come to gain an appreciation for the way in which art has changed over time around the globe. The museum houses pieces from all over the world, including ancient Egyptian art, Greek masterpieces, and Asian paintings.
Located in the historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, it is home to one of the most extensive collections of art in the city, welcoming both the casual visitor and the serious artist.
The Walters Art Museum is open Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sports Legends Museum and The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum
The sports culture in Baltimore is rich with professional teams, such as the Orioles and the Ravens; this museum caters to sports fanatics as it houses sports memorabilia from the Baltimore area. Exhibits include the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame, detailed showcases of uniforms and equipment of the Baltimore Ravens, as well as a tribute to the minor league teams in Baltimore.
The Colts, once a popular football team in the city, also have an exhibit that shows the history of the team in Maryland. With a large layout of historical and colorful showcases, this museum is a great family experience for those who love sports and for those who want to learn more about the local Baltimore teams.
Situated close to the Sports Legends Museum, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is a one-of-a-kind treasure in Baltimore. Located in a neighborhood row house, the birthplace of the legendary baseball player, the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum is a must-see for loyal baseball fans, especially given its proximity to the Baltimore Orioles’ Camden Yards.
This museum draws tens of thousands of visitors each year, in a city where one of the most important baseball superstars of all time got his start. The Sports Legends Museum and The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum are both open Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Flag House & Star Spangled Banner Museum
A simple flag made by Mary Pickersgill was the single inspiration for the United States’ national anthem. Built in the late 1700’s, Mary Pickersgill’s house is open to the public for viewing. Stepping into her house is like stepping back in time, as visitors can walk through the rooms of the antiquated house and see how she lived centuries ago.
Pickersgill created an American flag that stood as the prime inspiration for Francis Scott Key, who initially wrote the Star Spangled Banner as a poem. An interactive feature allows visitors of the museum to get detailed information about the rooms and furniture in the house through their cell phones, combining our current technology with historical anecdotes.
The Flag House & Star Spangled Banner Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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