Baltimore, Maryland is a fascinating mixture of new and historic attractions. That dichotomy is well-illustrated in the city’s museums. From art museums to the National Aquarium to the Maryland Science Museum, Baltimore offers a museum for every taste. Below are just a couple of the highlights:
Walters Museum. This comprehensive art museum is housed in several historic buildings, including an early 20th century Italian Palazzo-style mansion. The museum’s more than 33,000 works range from pre-dynastic Egyptian art to 20th century European art. It is widely acclaimed for its vast span of art. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm, except for major holidays. Admission is free.
Maryland Science Center. The Maryland Science Center, located at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor was one of the first museums to open there. The facility is three stories of inter-active exhibits, plus an IMAX theater, planetarium, and observatory. The Center was voted the “Best Place in Baltimore to Take Kids” in 2006. Highlights include “Dinosaur Mysteries” with its full-scale models; “Our Place in Space,” a look at the planets and solar system; and “Follow the Blue Crab,” which tells all about plants and animals native to the Chesapeake Bay area. The Maryland Science Center is open Tuesday through Sundays and select Mondays.
Port Discovery. Another Inner Harbor attraction, Port Discovery is the city’s children’s museum. It’s huge, housing more than 80,000 square feet of exhibit space. In fact, it’s among the top five children’s museums in the United States, both in size and in content. The three floors of exhibits were designed by the Disney Imagineering team and are geared towards children ages 2-10. Port Discovery is open Tuesday through Sunday from October through Memorial Day and seven days a week during the summer.