I'm not sure why anyone would want to spend much longer than an hour in this museum. We were stranded accidently and had nothing else to do; it has knick knacks relating to marijuana use. There's a bit of historical information, but it's on such a dull topic that it's hard to captivate the audience. I suppose it was better than doing nothing, and a means of killing time, but there are so many better exhibits. Don't plan a specific trip around it.
I've been here twice already, and still haven't been able to see nearly half of the whole collection. I love the Renaissance paintings, although all the pieces have been carefully chosen to represent every period in great art. There is much more than just paintings, such as the modern twisted steel pieces. It's neat for an art aficionado, or a great way to introduce new people to the world of art.
My aunt and uncle love trains, and my main reason to visit was to find a gift in the gift shop for them. Upon arriving, though, I decided to see the museum out of curiosity. It was pretty impressive; I loved learning about the history of railroads dating back to the first one, the important role of the Underground Railroad, and how trains function. It was complete with actual railroads and caboose to climb aboard, which was neat, since I was never in one before. The gift shop didn't let me down, either; I found great souvenirs for my family!
When you step in here, you step into a gigantic world that will take much longer than one visit to explore, absorb, and appreciate everything. It has artifacts from different genres, from science and medicine to technology and entertainment. You'll want to spend more time in certain sections than others depending on your interests, so if you can only stay for a day, plan ahead to maximize your visit. The museum is free, but warning: the cafeteria is overpriced, especially considering the quality of food.
The Smithsonian has an abundant amount of work from American artists, both well-known and more anonymous. They have folk art, photography, and scenes of nature along with paintings. I've found artists I appreciate just by browsing their gallery. Their music society often gives concerts, and their violinists sound beautiful, too, which requires tickets. The museum is free of charge, however, and a nice way to see a variety of artwork by American artists.
This place is great - I was disappointed I only had a couple of hours to spend here. It's loaded with actual air crafts and rockets that have made monumental flights into space. It has a moon rock that you can touch (it's worn down already from everyone's finger grease rubbing on it) and a planetarium to learn about space and the stars. It's a very cool place to learn about astronauts and see their gear (and sample their freeze dried food from their gift shop) up close and personal!
This museum showcases the work of many influential female artists, whose work may have been just as brilliant as Van Gogh's or Monet's, but because of social roles, they weren't as widely acclaimed as male work. They have paintings from different eras, and you have the chance to learn about the lives of many incredible female artists. It's educational and a very nice and widespread collection. Plan to spend a whole day here - there's plenty to see and learn about!
This is one of the most well-known aquariums for a reason! The Baltimore Aquarium is gigantic and houses a million aquatic species and plants. They have tons of sharks (who don't eat the fish swimming with them because they're so full from their regular meals!), dolphins, fish of all colors, sting rays, beautiful coral, etc. This is better than the zoo's small collection of aquatic life, and is well taken care of. The animals are always happy and have a lot of swimming space.
This is such a nice store to get tiny things as gifts or to complete your home. They have scented candles, which smell heavenly and are fragrant enough to carry throughout your home. I love Cinnamon Spice, it's yummy! They have warm greeting cards with nice sayings on the inside, or blank for you to fill your own thoughts and wishes. I love the artwork on them. It's a great gift store with nice prices.