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Cultural Sites in Maryland

There's a wide variety of cultural sites in Maryland, letting travelers make the arts a highlight of their visit here.

Art Museums

The Baltimore Museum of Art is free, making its astonishing collection available to everyone. The museum has 95,000 works, including more works by Henri Matisse than anywhere else. Along with the drawings, paintings, and photographs, the museum's collection includes sculptures by masters like Rodin and Calder displayed in two beautiful outdoor sculpture gardens.

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is also free. The collection here includes works from ancient Greece and ancient Egypt as well as modern European and American art. The museum frequently has special activities and events, including hands-on art experiences for children.

The impulse in everyone to create is honored at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, featuring unique works in unusual media created by self-taught artists. The Permanent Collection Gallery displays a rotating selection from their 4,000-object collection, while other galleries display loaned works.

In Rockville, VisArts displays current works and offers classes for adults and children. A highlight of Hagerstown City Park in Hagerstown is the Washington County Museum of Art, with a lovely permanent collection of American, European, and world art. Southeast Maryland's Ward Museum of Waterfowl Art focuses on the craft of carving decoys.

Culture, History, and Science Museums

Get a glimpse of history at the Gaithersburg Community Museum, set in a restored railroad station. Train lovers will find more to love at other museums in Maryland, including the Hagerstown Railroad Museum & Engine 202 in Hagerstown City Park and the National Trolley Museum in Colesville.

Before there was travel by train, there was travel by ship. Visit the Annapolis Maritime Museum to explore the importance of the ocean. There are also historic ships to explore at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore.

The Latvian Museum in Rockville preserves the history of Latvians who settled in the United States.

Performing Arts and Music

Strathmore Music Center, in North Bethesda, has 2,000 seats to fill with music lovers. Resident companies include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the National Philharmonic. In northern Maryland, Westminster's Carroll Arts Center displays art in its galleries and shows films along with live music, theater, and dance performances.

Culture in Washington, D.C.

All the cultural opportunities of Washington D.C. are within easy reach of travelers to Maryland's Capital Region. The Smithsonian Institution's museums offer an unparalleled chance to see art in many styles and from many origins. The Smithsonian Institution's art museums include the African Art Museum, The American Art Museum, The Freer Gallery of Art, The Hirschhorn, the Portrait Gallery, and the Sackler Gallery; there's also art to be found in the Institution's museums focused on history.

D.C. also is filled with chances to see and hear performing artists. Broadway shows, dance performances, and other live shows take place at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Woolly Mammoth Theater, and other stages in town. Check an events calendar to find out what will be happening during your stay.