Bad weather doesn't have to mean the end of sightseeing or exploration when you're in a city like Baltimore. The city has well-over 40 museums to choose from to keep you entertained and relieved of rainy weather blues. All you need is a map, your umbrella, a pair of durable rain shoes, a love of art and history, and your own sunny disposition to make the best out of a rainy day and enjoy this one day itinerary.
Many of Baltimore’s museums are located within walking distance to all of the hotels in the Inner Harbor, however, with bad weather, you may want to cab it anyway. With the wealth of information present, it’s easy to stay in one museum all day. However, if you have the time and the stamina, you can probably fit in three or four museum visits and get a broader view of Baltimore’s various eras.
One of the best museums to start off your museum-hop with is the USS Constellation. One of Baltimore’s three Historic ships, it gives a detailed look into how sailors lived on the waters in the pre-Civil War era. Artifacts, sleeping quarters, furnishings, uniforms, and even a live cannon help to illustrate the picture of maritime life.
The B&O Railroad museum is yet another one of Baltimore’s living museums and showcases over 120 full-size locomotives. Located in Hampden, the museum features antique trains to touch and climb aboard as well as a large scale miniature train set. You'll have the opportunity to board and ride one of the original trains to ride the line and get a glimpse of the local area as you take a journey back in time as a passenger.
The Walters Art Museum is one of Baltimore’s most popular museums - you’d be doing your rain day a disservice if you didn’t stop by for a visit. Entry into the museum is free except when there are special exhibits. The museum is home to 19th-century French paintings, an impressive Egyptian collection, Asian art, tapestries and furnishings from the Middle Ages, as well as a host of other artifacts and collections from around the world.
Baltimore's Museum of Art is not only the city's largest museum but also the state's largest museum. The West Wing for Contemporary Art is 35,000 square feet alone! The museum's Matisse collection is the BMA's claim to fame. Its galleries are filled with modern and contemporary art along with sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, furniture, jewelry and more.
When you’re finished exploring the museum’s galleries, you can end your day of culture and history at Gertrude’s, on the first floor of the BMA. If the sun has eluded you for the day, one of Gertrude’s desserts will surely bring brightness to your day.