With the state of Maryland, Baltimore City is the cultural centre and biggest city. This autonomous city sits within the middle of Maryland along the Patapsco River. Baltimore is the largest city which surrounds the Baltimore Metropolitan Area, which has approximately three million residents nowadays.
The city of Baltimore is a cultural hub and arts center for Maryland state. From Mount Vernon to Federal Hill or Fell's Hill, each and every place has a lot of museums, performance venues, and historical sites. The most well-known tourist attractions include: American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore Opera Company, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, CENTERSTAGE, Contemporary Museum, Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland Historical Society, The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, African American History and Culture, The Walters Art Museum and Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland. The American Visionary Art Museum features the wonderful original works of art made by self-taught, intuitive artists. Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum highlights the most comprehensive collection in the Western Hemisphere. Baltimore Museum of Art is the biggest art museum in the state of Maryland that features a globally well-known collection of 19th century, modern and contemporary art. Baltimore Opera Company showcases fully staged grand operas featuring directors, conductors and singers from all around the globe. Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performs family, classical, pop, summer and holiday concerts featuring artists who are recognized all over the world.
The service trade offers the city a strong base for its economy. There are six Fortune 1000 businesses within the city of Baltimore, comprising McCormick & Company (in Hunt Valley), T. Rowe Price, Legg Mason, Black & Decker (in Towson), Constellation Energy and Grace Chemicals (in Columbia). Other companies which are located in the city of Baltimore include: Alex. Brown & Sons, a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank (of Baltimore origin, and at the time of its purchase, the continuously-running oldest investment bank in the United States), Vertis, Thomson Prometric, Brown Advisory, Sylvan Learning, Under Armour, De Baufre Bakeries, AAI Corporation, Wm. T. Burnett and Co. and Advertising.com. What's more, the John Hopkins Hospital is also located within Baltimore. It would serve as the center of a new biotechnology park, that are currently under construction within Baltimore City.