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 January 2017.
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 - performance schedule here.
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.
February 5, 2017 - June 4, 2017: Della Robbia: Sculpting with Color in Renaissance Florence
February 25, 2017 - July 8, 2018: Heavenly Earth: Images of Saint Francis at La Verna
March 12, 2017 - July 16, 2017: The Woodner Collections: Master Drawings from Seven Centuries
October 8, 2017 - January 7, 2018: Bosch to Bloemaert: Early Netherlandish Drawings from the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam
February 4, 2018 - May 13, 2018: Michel Sittow: Estonian Painter at the Courts of Renaissance Europe
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.
October 22, 2016 - February 20, 2017: The Art of the Qur'an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
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. Now open!
Folger Shakespeare Library - A library, exhibit hall, and performance space dedicated to William Shakespeare and his times.
February 4, 2017 - April 30, 2017: 500 Years of Treasures from Oxford
Dumbarton Oaks - A library, museum, and research institution dedicated to Byzantine Studies.
Note: The museum will be closed for renovations through the spring of 2017.
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.