Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art, in the leafy city neighbourhood of Charles Village, was founded in 1914 with a single painting. Today, the BMA is home to an internationally renowned collection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th through 19th century prints and drawings, works by established and emerging contemporary artists and objects from Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. Its 90,000 works include the world's largest holding of pieces by Henri Matisse.

The grand museum building, designed by famous American architect John Russell Pope, is surrounded by two beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens, where yoga classes or jazz concerts often take place in the early evening. Visitors can sample signature Chesapeake Bay cuisine on the lovely outdoor terrace of Gertrude's, the museum's well-regarded restaurant.

Address: 10 Art Museum Drive, at North Charles and 31st Streets

Website: www.artbma.org

Telephone: (443) 573-1700

Opening times: Wednesday to Friday 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday 11am-6pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Admission: Free, although some special ticketed exhibitions may require admission fees.