The Smithsonian Institution and other museums in DC may get more annual foot traffic, but Baltimore museums certainly hold their own in the Mid-Atlantic. The Inner Harbor alone holds an astounding number of scientific and cultural attractions, whether you’re into sharks (the National Aquarium Baltimore), seaworthy vessels (the Baltimore Maritime Museum), or satisfying your childlike curiosity (Port Discovery Children’s Museum). But don’t limit yourself to the city’s central tourist district. Three miles north in scenic Charles Village, you’ll find the Baltimore Museum of Art, home to an internationally renowned collection that includes the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world.

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