Reopening the Merrick Entrance


A $1 million gift from the France-Merrick Foundation will support the fall 2014 reopening of the historic entrance to the BMA’s 1929 building, designed by American architect John Russell Pope. In 2014, for the first time in more than thirty years, visitors will enter through the Museum’s grand, terraced front entrance and explore the spectacular renovation of the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing. The newly reopened entrance will turn the terraced steps into a lively urban meeting spot that deepens the BMA�s connection to the revitalized upper Charles Street corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.

Once again, the Pope Building will be a central gathering place. Visitors will be welcomed to the expansive Fox Court at the heart of the Museum, beautifully lit by the original chandeliers. Galleries adjacent to Fox Court will feature the BMA’s holdings of American fine and decorative arts, exploring major themes and highlighting masterworks in surprising new ways.

Reopening of the historic BMA entrance.
Fox Court at the heart of the Museum

“We look forward to the re-opening of the Merrick Entrance after so many years and know that Robert Merrick, Sr. would be pleased that its beauty can once again welcome the community into the BMA. The France-Merrick Foundation is pleased to have played a major role in the restoration of this historic entrance, and of the BMA�s renovation, to be enjoyed by many future generations in Baltimore .”

Walter D. Pinkard, Jr.,
France-Merrick Foundation

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Help Reopen the Merrick Entrance

Contact Judy Gibbs at 443-573-1796 or to discuss a Campaign gift in support of the reopening of the Merrick Entrance.