Art & Culture

Arts and Culture

Baltimore is rich with culture and boasts some great venues for art as well as music. Many local Baltimore residents possess incredible talent in photography, the fine arts, theater and music. Be sure to experience the city's finest displays of art at the various museums, theatres and stages listed below.

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Local Art Displays and Classes

Art Exposure

Paint brushArt Exposure seeks to expose the local community to art through exhibits, education and events. They operate under the notion that everyone can enjoy creating, viewing and purchasing art. Art Exposure provides art classes for children and adults, alternate display spaces to artists, as well as professional development workshops.

Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art MuseumThe Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is internationally renowned for its collection of art. The Walters Art Museum brings art and people together for enjoyment, discovery, and learning. It strives to create a place where people of every background can be touched by art. General admission to the Museum is free. Special exhibitions are paid, ticketed events.

Baltimore Museum of Art

Baltimore Museum of ArtThe Baltimore Museum of Art is located between the Charles Village and Remington neighborhoods, adjacent to Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus. Exhibits feature 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Admission is free thanks to generous donor gifts. Highlights of the museum include the Cone Collection featuring works by Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, van Gogh and Renoir.

American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art MuseumThe American Visionary Art Museum, located in Federal HIll, displays visionary art on its 1.1 acre "Wonderland" campus. The museum uses guest curators for its shows, which invite the viewer to engage his or her imagination as they walk through the exhibits. It was named by Congress as "America's national museum for self taught art" as featured artists have not had formal training. Prepare to be entertained, intrigued and in awe during your first visit!

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland

Reginald F. Lewis MuseumThe Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland was named after a man who was not only a successful lawyer and entrepreneur, but also a philanthropist and family man. Recognizing this, the museum that carries his name seeks to be "the premiere experience and best resource for information and inspiration about the lives of African American Marylanders". Explore artistic contributions, a look into a labor of the past and the strong bonds of family within the African American community. Located on Pratt Street at the edge of the Inner Harbor and Little Italy, this museum is easily accessible via the Orange line of the Charm City Circulator or MTA routes.

Port Discovery Children's Museum

Port Discovery Children's MuseumPort Discovery Children's Museum, ranked among the top five children's museums in the United States, can be found in Power Plant just north of Baltimore's Inner Harbor. This museum includes three floors of interactive, educational exhibits and engaging programs for children ages birth through 10. Be sure to put the kids in closed-toe shoes because they will be running around all day!

Edgar Allen Poe Home

Edgar Allen PoeThe Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum is located at 203 Amity Street in Baltimore, where the famed writer lived with his aunt and went on to marry his cousin. The home is open to the public as a modest museum with self-guided tours. Displays within the house include a lock of his hair, original family china and Poe related art. See a reprint of the 1849 obituary from the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper along with a reprint of Poe's original announcement for the creation of a new literary magazine to be called The Stylus — a work that never came to be.

Many enthusiasts venture to visit the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. They praise the man who mastered the short story, detective fiction, science fiction, lyric poetry and the horror story. His dark genius has invited children and adults to read and enjoy his works for many years. This museum includes a collection of Edgar Allen Poe's manuscripts, letters, first editions, memorabilia and personal belongings. Exposing you to the beginning of the 19th century, the museum brings life to Richmond in the time when Poe lived and worked there.

Peale Museum

Peale MuseumThe Peale Museum was the first building in the Western Hemisphere to be designed and built specifically for the purpose of being a museum. Featuring paintings and objects of natural history, the museum's collection has been moved to the Maryland Historical Society leaving its original place of display. However the building still stands on North Holliday Street in Baltimore and was noted to be the old museum in the country when it closed in 1997.

Creative Alliance

Creative AllianceA community based non-profit organization, Creative Alliance presents and promotes all genres of art in Baltimore. The organization consists of artists, educators and community organizers and hosts art events, workshops and residency programs. They host and organize Music/Performance, Art Exhibitions, Film/Video/Digital Media productions, Workshops and Artist Programs.

Local Art Festivals


ArtscapeArtscape is America's largest free arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days. The art festival takes place over a weekend each July, and is free and open to the public. Artscape takes place in the Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North Arts & Entertainment District neighborhoods.

Maryland Film Festival

Maryland Film FestivalMaryland Film Festival is an annual five-day event that takes place in early May, presenting top-notch film and video work from all over the world. Each year the festival screens approximately 50 feature films and 75 short films of all varieties -- narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, and hybrid -- to tens of thousands of audience members.

Local Musical Venues and Stages in Baltimore

Hippodrome Theatre

HippodromeThe Hippodrome theatre is within walking distance of the hospital and is a great place to see Broadway shows as well as symphony concerts in a historic setting. Typically, shows play for roughly two weeks and tickets can cost anywhere from $30-$90 depending on the seats. Keep an eye on Groupon and LivingSocial for discounted seats!

12 North Eutaw Street
Baltimore MD 21201

Everyman Theatre
315 West Fayette Street
Baltimore MD 21201

Fells Point Corner Theatre
251 South Ann Street
Baltimore MD 21231

Lyric Opera House
140 W. Mt Royal Ave
Baltimore MD 21201

Peabody Institute
1 East Mount Vernon Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall,
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra(BSO)
1212 Cathedral Street
Baltimore MD 21201

Center Stage
700 North Calvert Street
Baltimore MD 21202

Ramshead Live
20 Market Place
Baltimore MD 21202
Located in Power Plant Live!

Pier Six Pavillion
731 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore MD 21202
Located between the Inner Harbor and Harbor East

Merriweather Post Pavillion
10475 Little Patuxent Parkway
Columbia MD

Venues and Stages Located Outside of Baltimore

Kennedy Center
Washington, DC

Warner Theatre
Washington, DC

Ford's Theatre
Washington, DC

Wolf Trap
Vienna, VA

Ramshead Tavern, Annapolis
Annapolis, MD

National Theatre
Washington, DC

Strathmore Center
North Bethesda, MD