Best Museum: The Walters Art Museum

600 N. Charles St., (410) 547-9000,

The Walters’ collection represents the art and craftwork of long-dead people, so the museum doesn’t really need to engage with the art of the living. But it does, and it’s great. Lately, the museum has included more programming and collaborations with local artists, such as the ART/SOUND/NOW series, which brings performers into the galleries to create new ways to experience the work. And anyway, the collection stands for itself: A gorgeous tondo by Raphael, exquisite artifacts of civilizations past, taxidermy, cool-ass weapons, sexy paintings of Christ Our Lord—we could go on.

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