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This museum is home to the internationally renowned Cone Collection, and it holds the largest and most significant collection of Henri Matisse’s works in the world. Outside the BMA’s walls lies the lavish Sculpture Garden, featuring two terraced gardens, fountains and 33 sculptures. Every Sunday the museum hosts hands-on workshops, interactive gallery tours and more activities for families, including the museum’s Family Audio Tour. The tour highlights 20 objects in the collection and is narrated by Raoudi, Matisse’s perky schnauzer.
Owner of more than 25,000 pieces of art and offers free general admission (excluding special exhibits). Bring the whole family to enjoy special family tours and activities for all ages. Children will enjoy the displays of knights’ armor, the statues, the colorful paintings, the furniture and the many small and lovely objects – including Fabergé eggs. The museum hosts a variety of free family programs as well, from drop-in art classes on Saturdays and Sundays to museum tours with family-friendly guides.
is almost as interesting as what you’ll find inside. The building is surrounded by unique and curious sculptures that you can explore for free and it’s open 24/7. Museum admission fees apply for access to indoor galleries.
Get in touch with your inner artist by exploring free exhibitions at Baltimore’s School 33 Art Center. The exhibitions showcase the work of artists from the mid-Atlantic region.
For over 60 years this library continues to enchant book lovers of all ages with its immensity – it spans an entire city block in length. It’s one of the first to be built with an accessible street level entrance. The library’s various neighborhood branches feature free classes, musical performances, children’s story times, special guest speakers and more throughout the year.
across Baltimore City parks from April to October.
Get geared up to throw down on ramps, rails and stairs at the Carroll Park Bike & Skate Park, located just behind the Carroll Park Recreation Center on Bayard Street. The park is open year-round from dawn to dusk.
in Fell’s Point features free movies on Wednesday nights beginning at 8:00 p.m. on the Broadway Pier.
sponsors free community events in the squares every Wednesday night. These events include music, dance and vocal performances and movies shown on a large inflatable screen.
On Thursdays in July and August at 9 p.m., grab a blanket or a folding chair and catch a free film after dusk on Federal Hill. Flicks from the Hill is sponsored by the American Visionary Art Museum, and admission into the museum is free on these “flicks days” between 5 and 9 p.m. before the film.
Spend an evening mingling with artists, sampling cheese and wine and soaking up the arts in Fell’s Point. On the first Friday of every month, the Fell’s Point Development Corporation works with 13 local galleries to display pieces by local artists. The types of art may include woodworking, photography, sculpture or oil paintings. Restaurants offer specials and stay open late.
Join the crew of Baltimore’s own pirate ship, Fearless, to hear swashbuckling tales of adventure with Urban Pirates! Climb aboard the ship in historic Fell’s Point, where the crew of pirates will take your family back in time without ever leaving the port. Enjoy the captivating tales of pirate history every Friday at 9 a.m. throughout the summer.
It’s a non-stop, three-day literary explosion held every year in September that brings together hundreds of authors, exhibitors and booksellers. Get your favorite book signed, listen to one of the nonstop readings on Center Stage (or any of the other four stages for that matter) or join a workshop or panel discussion. These activities and more await you at the Baltimore Book Festival.
What started as a small community event has evolved into a neighborhood-wide arts festival that draws visitors and locals to charming West 36th Street. With four blocks of arts and crafts vendors, local merchants, pie-eating contests, children’s activities and live entertainment, Hampdenfest is fun for the whole family.