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Realistic oil painting of a watermelon and grapes, with dramatic lighting to emphasize the colorful fruits.
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Collecting Maryland

Art | Artifacts | Community

The 350,000 objects, artworks, and artifacts within the museum collections of MCHC tell the stories of our state’s interconnected communities. Collecting Maryland: Art, Artifacts, Community returns important works of fine and decorative arts to public view.

Vignettes highlighting major collecting themes are organized to provide an introspective look at our institution and dive into the depth and breadth of our collections assembled over our 180-year history.  Through the lens of “We Are. . .” our core values of Community, Authenticity, Dialogue, and Discovery are echoed in objects, ideas, and stories throughout the galleries.

Collecting Maryland is designed as a flexible space for our curatorial team to experiment with new ideas and rotate frequently. We invite our members and larger community to come and learn something new with each visit.

Main image: Self-Portrait, Sarah Miriam Peale, 1800-1885, circa 1830, Baltimore City Life Museum Collection, Museum Department, BCLM-MA.8137.

Inset: Still life with watermelon and grapes, Sarah Miriam Peale, 1800-1885, 1820. Museum Department, 1958.52.4. Gift of Ms. Virginia Appleton Wilson.

Your History Lives Here

Since 1844, we have collected, preserved, and interpreted Maryland's diverse history, art, and culture. Visit and see it at the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

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