About The Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art.

The Baltimore Museum of Art.


The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 95,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.

Throughout the museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; prints and drawings from the 15th century to the present; works by established and emerging contemporary artists; and exceptional objects from Africa and Asia. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city.

The 210,000-square-foot museum is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope. A $28 million multi-year renovation that began in 2010 has transformed galleries for contemporary, American, African, and Asian art, and improved visitor amenities and essential infrastructure. The renovation will conclude with a new center for art, creativity, and community opening in fall 2015 that will offer innovative ways of engaging and interacting with art.

Since 2006, the BMA has provided general admission so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.


BMA Mission

The Baltimore Museum of Art seeks innovation and excellence in an artistic program that focuses on art of the modern era, from the 19th century to the present. The Museum is committed to creating an environment that inspires creativity, encourages learning, and fosters human understanding in a place where everyone feels welcome.

BMA Vision

The Baltimore Museum of Art will become known as a major center for 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. It will present a dynamic program of exhibitions, installations, and publications acknowledged nationally and internationally for their excellence. The Museum will be recognized as a vibrant institution that is embraced as an indispensable element of community life and a vital educational resource for an expanding audience.