Lexington Market, Baltimore.

Baltimore Museum of Art Opens Satellite at Historic Market

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) has opened a new outpost at the city’s historic Lexington Market, the world’s oldest continually operating public market, in an effort to encourage visitors to engage with local, regional, and national issues through the arts. Every season, the institution will present programming focused on a broad theme in partnership with other organizations and individuals in its new 250-square-foot space. In honor of the market’s long history—it was founded in 1782—the first theme will focus on food, including nutrition, issues of access, and local foodways.

“For the BMA to achieve its vision to be truly of and for the community, we have to tackle issues of accessibility and audience engagement through a spectrum of approaches, both in and outside the museum walls,” museum director Christopher Bedford said in a statement. “The opening of the BMA Lexington Market is another opportunity to connect with people and to provide programs, art presentations, and public convenings in a different environment and context, offering our community more flexibility to participate.”

Over the years, the BMA has had several branch locations. During World War II, the museum opened two satellites, located in the YMCA International Center on South Broadway and at the Jewish Educational Alliance building on East Baltimore Street. It also ran the Downtown Gallery from 1974 to 1978 as well as another outpost at the Mall in Columbia in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Since 2015, the BMA has been operating a mobile museum, which serves more than ten thousand people and travels to community gardens, farmers’ markets, retail spaces, and libraries, among other places.