The Baltimore Museum of Art, which is comprised of many varied and comprehensive galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden, holds a treasure of outstanding art and craft. The Cone Wing contains a prized collection of Matisse’s works – 42 oils, 18 sculptures, 36 drawings and 155 prints. There are also works of Picasso, Mondrian, Miro, Renoir, VanGogh, Cezanne, and many others. The Jacobs Wing contains works of Titian, Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Raphael. The Walters Art Galleryhas over 25,000 items spanning over 5,000 years and 4 continents. The Lewis Museum of Art presents 19th and 20th century American European and traditional African art. The Watermark Gallery, features original artwork by professional local artists in watercolor media, mixed media and photography. The Water From the Moon Gallery features craft art in all media from emerging and established American artists. The Lucinda Gallery features works by New York and Baltimore artists on the “Steppin’ Out” theme. The Tradestone Gallery presents Russian crafts, lacquer boxes paintings, nesting dolls, icons, jewelry and much more. The Gomez Gallery features contemporary fine art. The Angeline’s Art Gallery specializes in Baltimore’s scenes. The Art Gallery at Fells Point features works over 40 local artists. The Mahogany Exchange/Out of Africa Gallery showcase works by renowned African artists, oils and mixed media. The American Visionary Art Museum is the only one of its kind in the United States. It is dedicated to presenting works of self-taught “visionary” or “outsider” artists. The biggest arts event in Baltimore is Artscape, a three-day festival of arts, crafts, food, and music in July, centered around the Maryland Institute College of Art in Bolton Hill. The SoWeBohemian Arts Festival is a similar one-day spring event held near Hollins Market. Though hot and crowded, both events are excellent introductions to the city’s art scene.
In the summer the Harborplace Amphitheater presents free Harborplace’s Summer Concerts, where local and East Coast bands present their work to the public. On Fridays the show presents a mix of rock, pop and progressive bands. On Saturdays the stage is given to Baltimore’s local bands, while on Sundays you can enjoy local military, jazz, swing and zydeco bands. In nearby Towson, the Recher Theatre, a reconverted pool-hall-cum-concert venue with a capacity of 700, has been drawing large national acts as well as showcasing local bands. Recent performers have included Macy Gray, Ziggy Marley, Moby, Dave Mathews, and George Clinton.
For Jazz lovers, Normal’s, a bookstore in nearby Waverly, holds weekly performances that push the boundaries of avant-garde jazz in The Red Room. Buddies Pub & Jazz Club downtown offers local jazz performers, usually their house band, The Bing Miller Trio, in a casual setting. Baltimore’s best-known jazz club is the New Haven Lounge. On Wednesday nights, they offer blues and barbecue; Fridays and Saturdays are jazz nights with no cover charge.
The Full Moon Saloon is the place to go for live blues seven nights a week. Bring your favorite instrument Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights for the open jam session, where you can participate or just kick back and listen. Fridays and Saturdays feature national acts. The Full Moon Saloon serves Southern and Creole food and is equipped with a raw seafood bar
The Pier Six Concert Pavilion, Baltimore Arena, Merriweather Post Pavilion, RFK Stadium, and Verizon Center (Washington, D.C.) all feature concerts by nationally performing pop and rock artists like Janet Jackson, Madonna, U2, etc. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestraperforms in the beautifully designed 2471-seat Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and is directed by world-renown Maestro, Marin Alsop. The Homewood campus features performances in the Shriver Auditorium by the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra. The Peabody Conservatory of Music presents student and guest artists performing symphonies and operas. These concerts are usually free or offer a reduced price for Hopkins students. Peabody is the oldest music school in the United States and is an outstanding example of neo-Renaissance architecture. Peabody Conservatory is part of the Johns Hopkins University, where CMM students can take classes.
Baltimore Lyric Opera House was completed in 1894. This replica of Germany’s Leipzig Neues Gewandhouse offers fine acoustics, making it perfect hall for Baltimore’s larger musical productions. They also offer half-price tickets to students one-half hour before show time.
The Hippodrome Theater is Broadway’s home in Baltimore. This 1600-seat house is the major stop for national touring companies and a preferred venue for exclusive pre-Broadway productions. In early 2004, the curtain rose again at the legendary Hippodrome Theatre, reborn as the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center. The  Center Stage Theater, Maryland’s state theater, is the only theater in the city that creates its own productions with a staff of professional actors. It presents contemporary plays and innovative interpretations of classics in its two intimate theaters, where the audience is never more than 30 feet from the actors. They offer student subscriptions and also sell student rush tickets the day of the show. The Everyman Theater is located in Mt. Vernon and presents everything from classics to new hits at affordable prices. TheHopkins Theater presents major American, British and Irish plays in a charming 1804 brick barn. The Vagabond Players and Fell’s Point Corner Theater are located in historic Fells Point and offer a variety of plays. The Axis Theater presents contemporary shows, often with politically challenging themes. The Spotlighters also offer several shows each season including comedies and dramas. The Theatre Project through the presentation of a diverse array of original and experimental theatre, music, and dance — connects the artists and audiences of Baltimore with a global community of performers.