Baltimore's Extraordinary Arts Scene Expands With New Exhibits This Fall Free Fall Returns This October and "Heroes and Genius" Debuts

BALTIMORE, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Baltimore has much more to offer this autumn than foliage and crab cakes. This fall, arts and sciences come together to present "Heroes and Genius," special exhibitions at the Walters Art Museum and the Maryland Science Center. Additionally, Free Fall Baltimore, a citywide promotion providing visitors and residents with more than 300 free cultural events, returns in October for the fourth year.

Visitors to Baltimore can explore the East Coast debut of "Da Vinci - The Genius: A Traveling Exhibit" at the Maryland Science Center featuring an extraordinary collection of aeronautics and artistry from October 1, 2009 - January 31, 2010. The exhibit takes a rare look at the genius of one man that influenced generations to come. Highlights include large-scale Machine Inventions, Life & Times of Leonardo Da Vinci; Da Vinci's mysterious alphabet and writings and his anatomical drawings; and secrets of The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa revealed in 3D animation.

Just blocks away, visitors can also experience "Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece" at the Walters Art Museum from October 11, 2009 - January 3, 2010. This is the exhibit's first stop on a multi-city tour that examines the lives of four Greek heroes through more than 100 objects that examines the inherent human need for heroes by using ancient Greek culture as a point of origin. Statues, relief sculptures, vases and jewelry will be combined with literary quotes to illustrate the life cycle of heroes and heroines with their tasks, adversaries, challenges, turning points and failures as well as their private moments.

Baltimore's dynamic arts community is always full of surprises with the diversity and creativity of its offerings during Free Fall Baltimore. While the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum are permanently free, Free Fall Baltimore provides the opportunity for everyone to enjoy the city's arts and culture community at no cost. This arts extravaganza offers free performances in music, dance, theater and hands-on creative experiences with highlights including Dance Baltimore's attempt to break into the Guinness Book of World Records with the largest performance of one dance by the most people at the same time; open rehearsal for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra lead by Marin Alsop, the first female conductor of a major American orchestra; and CENTERSTAGE's performance of "The Importance of Being Earnest."

Visitors can find the latest hotel deals and discounts for their fall travel needs online at www.baltimore.org/deals-and-discounts. Many hotel properties have put together packages valid for all the arts events going on throughout the city. For a complete listing of Free Fall Baltimore events and reservation details, visit www.baltimore.org or www.freefallbaltimore.com.

Visit Baltimore -- the official sales and marketing organization for Baltimore that generates economic benefits for stakeholders through the attraction of convention, group and leisure visitors. For more information, please visit www.baltimore.org.

SOURCE Visit Baltimore



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