Collection Overview

Art of Maryland on view in the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing.

Art of Maryland on view in the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing.


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.

The Museum has a long tradition of collecting the art of the day, beginning with the Cone Sisters, whose acquisitions from living artists lead the Museum's commitment to contemporary art.

The Museum’s outstanding collection is recognized for its:

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Works on View

If you are visiting the Museum to see a specific work of art or collection, please call ahead on 443-573-1701 to ensure it will be on view. We loan works and send traveling exhibitions from our collection to museums in the U.S. and abroad.

Renovation

The BMA is nearing the end of an exciting $28 million renovation. The first milestone of the unprecedented project was realized in fall 2012 with the unveiling of the revitalized Contemporary Wing. In celebration of the Museum’s 100th in November 2014, the BMA reopened the Dorothy McIlvain Scott American Wing; the East Lobby and Zamoiski Entrance; and the historic Merrick Entrance of the Museum’s original 1929 building designed by John Russell Pope. New presentations of the Africa and Asian collections were opened in April 2015, and a new learning and creativity center is scheduled to open in late fall 2015.