Since we can't all live in London or Dubrovnik, here are some places to get your medieval fix in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. If you have other recommendations, please contact me and let me know! Last updated April 2018.
The Walters Museum - A substantial collection of medieval art, including early Christian and Byzantine, along with medieval manuscripts, early printed books, and renaissance art. There are also collections of medieval Islamic and Asian art, as well as Greek and Roman exhibits. Starting in October 2007, admission is always free!
Baltimore Museum of Art - While the bulk of the collections are (relatively) more modern, the museum has European paintings and sculpture from the 15th century onward. Starting in October 2007, admission is always free!
The Cloisters - Not to be confused with the NYC masterpiece, Cloisters Castle in Lutherville is a mansion built in the early 20th century in the style of a Tudor house. There are many authentic medieval artifacts incorporated into the architecture and decor. The site is used primarily for weddings and other affairs, but they have open houses where you can visit the site.
Peabody Renaissance Ensemble at JHU Peabody Institute
Towson University Early Music Ensemble - Towson University, just north of Baltimore, has several different ensembles dedicated to different types of medieval music, instruments, and styles.Bromo Seltzer Tower - If you're wandering around Baltimore, keep an eye out for this replica of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The building now houses artists' studios.
National Gallery of Art - Sizeable European medieval and renaissance painting collection, as well as sculpture and decorative objects from the period.
January 28, 2018 - May 13, 2018: Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe
April 1, 2018 - August 5, 2018: Sharing Images: Renaissance Prints Into Maiolica and Bronze
March 3, 2019 - June 30, 2019: Drawing in Tintoretto's Venice & Tintoretto: the Artist of Venice at 500
March 3, 2019 - May 26, 2019: Venetian Prints in the Time of Tintoretto
October 14, 2018 - January 20, 2019: The Chiaroscuro Woodcut in Renaissance Italy
Sackler and Freer Galleries - A large collection of ancient and medieval art and artifacts from Asia, and the Near, Middle, and Far East. Part of the Smithsonian Institution.
The Textile Museum - Claims an extensive collection of rugs and textiles, ancient through modern, focusing on early Islamic and Coptic, parts of Asia, and Latin America.
Folger Shakespeare Library - A library, exhibit hall, and performance space dedicated to William Shakespeare and his times.
Dumbarton Oaks - A library, museum, and research institution dedicated to Byzantine Studies.
Library of Congress - Sometimes has exhibits on medieval and renaissance topics.
Early Music DC - Links to local early music ensembles and concerts, as well as information on the Washington Early Music Festival.
Embassy Row - Many of the larger embassies in DC have events open to the public. Keep an eye out for concerts and special exhibits in your area of interest.