Baltimore Museum of Art

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 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city. Visit today! Admission to the collection is FREE for everyone, every day!

BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART Floor Plan

Baltimore Museum of Art

Address:

10 Art Museum Drive

Baltimore, MD 21218

P. 443-573-1701

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E. School Tours

Baltimore Museum of Art Hours

Wednesday–Friday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Saturday–Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Monday–Tuesday Closed

In the event of inclement weather, please call 443-573-1700 for information on Baltimore Museum closings. The Baltimore Museum of Art closes at 3 p.m. on December 24 and is closed Christmas, New Year’s Day, July 4, and Thanksgiving. The Wurtzburger and Levi Sculpture Gardens are open year-round with the Museum until dusk, but may close during inclement weather.

Free General Admission

The Baltimore Museum of Art is free—for everyone, every day!

The Baltimore Museum of Art also presents special ticketed exhibitions and events that may require admission fees.

Members receive free admission to special ticketed exhibitions, as well as invitations to Members First Night preview parties and Members First Preview Days, plus discounts at The Baltimore Museum of Art Shop, Gertrude’s restaurant, and so much more!

BMA FLOOR PLAN

TOURS

TIPS FOR VISITING

DINING

EVENTS

BMA Go Mobile NEW!

EXPLORE THE ART WITH YOUR SMARTPHONE!

Access exclusive video and audio interviews with artists, curators, and Baltimore personalities, gallery maps, original compositions by Baltimore-based musicians, and more with BMA Go Mobile (artbma.org/gomobile). The personalized and portable mobile art guide features rich information and fresh perspectives on more than 100 objects in the BMA’s great contemporary collection. Complimentary iPod Touches are also available for museum visitors to check out during their visit.

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Programs for Parents and Families

Baltimore Museum of Art for Parents and Families

Family Fun at the BMA!

Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art for exciting family programs throughout the year—hands-on art workshops, special gallery tours, and more! Admission and activities are free, so bring the whole family and stay for as long or as short a time as you like.

Look for Henri Matisse’s dog Raoudi (pronounced “rowdy”), the Baltimore Museum of Art’s guide for family art adventures. This perky schnauzer from the much-loved painting Interior with Dog leads the way on the Museum’s Artful Stories audio tour and many other activities. Wherever you find him, you’ll know that fun for the whole family will soon follow!

Stop by on Free Family Sundays for free hands-on art workshops and tours just for families.

Free Audio Tour for Families!

Costume Packs

Available whenever the Museum is open

FREE

The Baltimore Museum of Art features new Costume Packs inspired by works of art. Kids can twirl in a tutu inspired by Degas’ Little Dancer, don King George IV’s fanciful cape, carry a Native American bandolier, or hold court in an ornate collar, necklace, and bodice fit for a Queen.

Costume Packs are available at the Welcome Desk in the Baltimore Museum of Art lobby.

Baltimore Museum of Art Audio Tour for Families

FREE

The Baltimore Museum of Art is one of the only museum audio tours with a dog leading the way! Raoudi, Matisse’s perky schnauzer, is the voice behind the Museum’s new Family Tour, which highlights objects in the collection. Rather than headphones, the Family Tour offers a handheld audio device that allows families to pause and chat about a work.

School Groups Pre-K to 12th

Baltimore Museum of Art for School Groups Grades Pre-K to 12th Grade

Each year, The Baltimore Museum of Art welcomes more than 25,000 students and teachers to its galleries, and proudly introduces its extensive collection and special exhibitions through school tours, educational programs, and workshops. Friendly, knowledgeable gallery teachers lead students on tours of discovery, helping them develop their visual and analytic skills through close observation and lively conversation.

Teachers find high-quality, affordable professional development opportunities and resources at the BMA—all designed to support classroom curricula and enhance student learning across disciplines.

Wonderful works of art await you at the Baltimore Museum of Art!  Here’s all you need to know about tour topics, tour planning, special exhibitions and teacher resources.

Guided Pre-K–12 Tours

The Baltimore Museum of Art invites Pre-K-12 and university students and their teachers to participate in engaging tour experiences with art that inspire creativity, foster critical thinking, and explore the human stories of art. All tours are led by trained Docents (volunteer gallery teachers).

Guided tours are offered to groups of 10 or more elementary, middle, high school, and university students Wednesday through Friday beginning at 10 a.m. Tours generally last one hour and are limited to 90 students. If your school group is large, it will be divided into smaller groups of 10-15 students.

Lead Your Own Tour (Self-Guided)

TOURS LED BY TEACHERS OR TOUR OPERATORS (SELF-GUIDED) TOURS ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE.

To request a time for a Pre-k-12 or university group, please fill out our convenient online School Tour Request Form (PDF).

Baltimore Museum of Art TOURS…

  • Are limited to 90 people.
  • Must be booked at least 6 weeks in advance using our convenient online tour request forms (see above).
  • Are offered afternoons AFTER 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday.
  • Are offered on Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Please note that availability may be limited due to weekend tours and events.
  • Must provide their own worksheets and pencils or other assignment materials.
  • Must give priority to previously scheduled docent-led tours in the galleries.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SELF-GUIDED TOURS

  • Visit the Baltimore Museum of Art before your scheduled visit to make plans.
  • Take advantage of FREE online teacher resources available through the BMA for preparation, pre-visit activities, or follow-up activities.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Please Check the BMA FAQ for detailed Trip Planning information

All School tours of the Baltimore Museum of Art are FREE! 

Tours are booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book your tour at least six weeks prior to the date you are requesting. Scheduling is required for both guided and self-guided tours.

7 Easy Steps

1. Consult the Tour Topics (PDF) and choose the tour that best meets your curricular needs, your students’ interests, and the size of your group.

2. Select possible dates and times that you would like to bring your group to the Museum. Guided tours are offered Wednesday through Friday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Remember to consult your school’s vacation, testing, and activities calendars!

3. All tour requests must be submitted at least six weeks in advance on our convenient School Tour Request Form (PDF). Please fill out the form completely. Incomplete information may delay your tour request. Since date, time, and other details of your request may have to be adjusted, please do not assume a date is reserved for you until you receive confirmation. The tour request form may be submitted in the following ways:

By email (preferred) to tours@artbma.org

By fax to 443-573-1581

By mail:

School Tours, Education Department

The Baltimore Museum of Art

10 Art Museum Drive

Baltimore, MD 21218

Please inform the Education Coordinator if:

  • Your students would like to eat lunch in the Sculpture Garden
  • You plan to stay in the Museum after your guided tour is finished
  • You have students with special needs
  • Your students are part of an ESOL or ESL program

4. After your visit is scheduled, you will receive confirmation by email, followed by a packet of information in the mail. Your tour is not confirmed until you have received the email and printed information:

5. About a week before your visit, a Museum Docent (volunteer gallery teacher) will contact you to learn about your goals and expectations for your tour.  This brief conversation will help your Docents plan a learning experience tailored to the needs of your students.

6. Prepare for your visit by reviewing the confirmation informatino, including Gallery Guidelines, with all students and chaperones. Students have the best museum experience when they know what to expect and what is expected of them. Some teachers find it helpful to review the Gallery Guidelines on the bus on the way to the Museum.

7. If you must cancel your tour, please notify the Education Coordinator as soon as possible. Voice-mail and email are available 24 hours a day at 443-573-1821 and tours@artbma.org.

Teacher Programs and Workshops

Baltimore Museum of Art – Teacher Programs and Workshops

Each year, The Baltimore Museum of Art welcomes more than 25,000 students and teachers to its galleries, and proudly introduces its extensive collection and special exhibitions through school tours, educational programs, and workshops. Friendly, knowledgeable gallery teachers lead students on tours of discovery, helping them develop their visual and analytic skills through close observation and lively conversation.

Teachers find high-quality, affordable professional development opportunities and resources at the BMA—all designed to support classroom curricula and enhance student learning across disciplines.

Wonderful works of art await you at the Baltimore Museum of Art!  Here’s all you need to know about tour topics, tour planning, special exhibitions and teacher resources.

Art-To-Go: Images & Ideas for the Classroom

Art-To-Go is the Baltimore Museum of Art’s once-a-month gift to teachers. It’s a great teaching resource and it’s FREEEvery month, you’ll receive an e-mail with a link to a printable full-color image of a Baltimore Museum of Art artwork. The image is accompanied by a brief, lively commentary that focuses on a single important teachable idea. It closes with a “Challenge” encouraging students to experiment with that same idea in their own artwork. An easily accessible archive of Art-To-Go selections is always available.

To receive Art-to-Go, please send the following information to Landre@artbma.org

  • Your name
  • Your preferred email address
  • Name of the county (or state) in which you teach. If Baltimore City, please write “CITY.”

Borrowing Teacher Resources

Visual materials such as the Art for English Language Learners Resource Box, Teacher Packets, laminated reproductions, and individual slides may be borrowed for six weeks.  For a list of topics see Teacher Resources (PDF).

You may pick up materials at the BMA or request that small items be mailed to you.  Please provide your name, school, mailing address, phone number(s), items requested, and the date when the items are needed.  Please allow three weeks for delivery.

Teachers who would like to peruse teacher resources at the BMA must make an appointment in advance.  Email Landre@artbma.org or call 443-573-1828 to request materials, schedule an appointment, or learn more.

Teacher Workshops

Teacher workshops focus on works of art in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s collection or in special exhibitions. Most teacher workshops include close examination of art in the galleries, mini-lectures, hands-on activities, and creative ideas for integrating art in the classroom. Teachers receive images and extensive background information. Workshops are typically held once a year on a Saturday and last about four hours.

To receive an announcement about the next teacher workshop, please send your email address and mailing address to Linda Andre at Landre@artbma.org.

In-Service Programs

In-Service programs offer groups of teachers the opportunity to enjoy the Museum’s collection and learn about the Baltimore Museum of Art’s school programs and educational resources. In-service programs are scheduled upon request. For more information, please contact Linda Andre at Landre@artbma.org, or 443-573-1828.

Baltimore Museum of Art Special Membership for Teachers

As a valued teacher, you qualify for 20% off the regular price of a Baltimore Museum of Art Membership.

  • Individual Teacher Membership, $40
  • Dual/Family Teacher Membership, $60

Members receive free admission to ticketed exhibitions, savings on programs like Yoga and Jazz in the Sculpture Garden, and a 10% discount on purchases at the Baltimore Museum of Art Shop and dining at Gertrude’s.  Plus you’ll enjoy invitations to Members-only Preview Parties and discounts on parking.

 

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  • suoyongwoo

    I am looking forward to try out one of the workshops. I think from what I am reading it would be a great opportunity.

    • david

      most definitely, the workshops do look pretty cool, yeah i would not mind trying it also