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Thursday
Sep012011

Travel Tip: Johns Hopkins

Johns Hopkins University has ranked among the world's top research universities in the nation throughout its history. The National Science Foundation has even ranked Johns Hopkins #1 among U.S. academic institutions in total science, medical and engineering research and development spending for 31 consecutive years! As of 2009, thirty-three Nobel Prize winners have been affiliated with Johns Hopkins, and the university's research is among the most cited in the world. Baltimore is quite proud to be home to such a place!

There are several Museumsboth a part of Johns Hopkins and not—in the area. The largest and best-known being The Baltimore Museum of Art (pictured at the top left of this post). This is the must-see museum if art museums are your "thing" (and we know there are a lot of you out there!). In the BMA's words:

"The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 90,000 works of art—including the largest holding of works by Henri Matisse in the world. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands. Two beautifully landscaped gardens display an array of 20th-century sculpture that is an oasis in the city."

John's Hopkins is also home to the Johns Hopkins University Museums, including Homewood, Evergreen and the Archaeological Museum. Homewood Museum (pictured at the top right of this post) offers an intimate look at life in early-19th-century Baltimore. Evergreen Museum and Library (pictured above) is housed in a former Gilded Age mansion full of of fine arts, decorative arts, rare books and manuscripts assembled by two generations of the philanthropic Garrett family as well as being a venue for contemporary artists. The Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum contains approximately 9000 artifacts from ancient Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Near East, and the ancient Americas. All must see for history lovers of all stripes!

Thanks for sticking with us the past couple months for our tour through Baltimore neighborhoods including the Inner Harbor and Mount Vernon. Next time, we'll be showing you around the West side for their eclectic array of museums. Stay tuned!

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