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These spaces lend a creative flair
If you’re looking for an event space that’ll inspire your guests and spark their creative spirit, Baltimore has you covered. From an actual glassblowing studio to elegant art museums, our city is loaded with artistic venues.
Corradetti Glassblowing Studio & Gallery
Tucked into a historic 155-year-old former cotton mill, Corradetti Glassblowing Studio is practically designed to inspire creativity. The factory setting of this 3,300 square-foot space fuses industrial charm with modern style, including impressive design features like 20-foot ceilings, huge windows that overlook a Roman-inspired pool and exposed brick. The gallery level displays vibrant glass pieces made on site. Looking for a memorable interactive experience? Book a group glassblowing workshop.
American Visionary Art Museum
Immerse your guests in raw artistic talent with a visit to this unconventional art museum, which exclusively features self-taught artists in its permanent and traveling exhibits. The museum makes an impact on first sight thanks to its glittering mosaic exterior. Inside, event spaces include a third-floor banquet room with panoramic views of the harbor and skyline and its Sculpture Barn & Wildflower Garden. The museum’s newest restaurant, Cielo Verde, with Latin American and Mediterranean influences, is available for private events in the evenings and on Mondays.
The Creative Alliance
This nonprofit arts collective, which works to build community by connecting artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds, is housed in the historic former movie theater known as The Patterson. The rentable space, which was fully renovated in the early 2000s, includes two galleries for contemporary art, a 200-seat flexible theater perfect for performances or film screenings, and a lounge space.
The Hippodrome Theatre
Built in 1914 as a vaudeville and movie venue, the Hippodrome is a Baltimore theater institution. Now part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, the grand brick and terra cotta building offers a range of spaces for events that include lounge, cafe and pavilion spaces in addition to the legendary theater stage which can fit more than 2,000 people.
Maryland Institute College of Art
As the state’s largest art school, MICA is brimming with creative energy. Three different spaces offer the right vibe for nearly any event. Go for Brown Center for a modern, glass-filled space with a sleek, minimal aesthetic and access to the adjacent Cohen Plaza for a 300-person reception. Choose Falvey Hall for performance, lecture or screening space best for seminars and presentations, which can fit 520 people seated. Or host in the historic 1906 Main Building, with a magnificent grand staircase, marble columns, mosaic floors, and balconies that fit up to 200 people.
Walters Art Museum
In the heart of elegant Mount Vernon, the Walters Art Museum combines stunning historic architecture with exceptional art. The Palazzo building, which was built in 1909 to house the museum’s collection, was modeled after a 17th-century palace in Genoa, Italy. Events, which fit up to 450 people, are beautifully offset by the museum’s collection of classic, contemporary and community art—tours of which can be arranged for up to 50 guests.