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Walters Art Museum

Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum, located in Mount Vernon-Belvedere, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, is a public art museum founded and opened in … See more



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Jan 9, 2023
We were very impressed with the art and the sculpture collection. Very nicely done. There were some contemporary pieces but most were lovely, historic pieces. I would have loved to have more time… Full review by Loretta C
Nov 11, 2022
I have to say that this is not the type of museum I usually visit. I like more modern art, but since the museum was free, we gave it a try. I’m still not a big fan of ancient art, but it was well d… Full review by Boonstra
Nov 6, 2022
The Walters is one of the best art museums in the world; parking is available, the gift shop is fantastic, layout is nice, and it's free. Staff is helpful. What else could you ask for? This is a gr… Full review by Dave C


Diverse Selection of Art Styles
Although not as famous as the Baltimore Museum of Art, this free Mount Vernon museum covers art across a 5,000-year time span. Since it opened in 1909, the museum has expanded into a total of three distinctive buildings. Featuring Renaissance paintings, Asian art, Byzantine and Ethiopian art, and an extensive Egyptian collection, among other works, the exhibitions offer a diverse selection of art styles. The Walters is also known for its medieval galleries, which include artifacts like suits of armor from the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum also offers a variety of family-focused programs, as well as free drop-in art activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, which allows little ones to participate in arts and crafts projects. Recent visitors praise the museum's comprehensive collection and stunning interior design. "The range of the collection is utterly amazing — pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th century Europe to Greek and Roman treasures to Old Masters paintings," raves one TripAdvisor reviewer. Free tours are offered on Sundays for those who want a more in-depth look at the galleries. While the museum itself is free to the public, keep in mind special events and lectures require a $10 admission fee for non-members. For further details on current exhibitions, consult The Walters Art Museum's official website. The museum welcomes visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Thursdays, visiting hours are extended to 9 p.m. The easiest way to reach the museum if you're using public transportation, is taking the purple route from the Inner Harbor to stop No. 307 on the Charm City Circulator, a free bus that offers frequent shuttle service around popular Baltimore locations. You can also take Nos. 23, 11, 31, 61 or 64 MTA bus lines or the Light Rail to the Centre Street stop, which is situated within walking distance of the museum's main entrance near the intersection of Cathedral and Centre streets. The museum also has an on-site parking lot and limited street parking surrounding the property is available as well. Note: The museum is currently undergoing a $5.5 million renovation; maintenance work is expected to be complete in 2016; however — all of its galleries with the exception of the Hackerman House — will remain open while repairs take place.
An Internationally Famous Museum
This museum is an unmatched example of a dream of a father and his son. The joint effort of William Thompson Walters and his son is this beautiful museum. Henry Walters, who later took over the responsibility of beautifying and expanding the magical collection, has been immensely successful in his efforts. The whole mansion and the penthouse had been built in such a way as if it was meant to be set up as an internationally famous museum. It was earlier on known as The Walters Art gallery and later shifted name to The Walters Art Museum when the number and quality of exhibits increased for the better. The permanent collections of this museum ranges from ancient art, contemporary, folk, raw, and other modern art forms though the most talked about has always been the displays depicting ancient past of several parts of the world. This includes excellent collections from Egypt, Nubia, Greece, Rome, Etruria, Ancient America, Asia, etc. The other art forms include ones from the Islamic and Medieval Era. The contemporary collection has an exclusive part consisting of pieces symbolizing the European Renaissance and Baroque art times. There is also a fantastic collection of sketches and other 19th century artifacts. Ancient art gallery features the statues of Egyptian lion Headed goddess Sekhmet, The Walters’ Mummy, alabaster reliefs from the palace of Ashurnasirpal II, Greek Jewelry, Roman masks, Roman bronze banquet couch, a marble sarcophagi, etc. The American art gallery includes mostly native arts from the Aztec and Mayan cultures. The Asian section consists of Japanese weapons, Chinese and Japanese porcelain, laquer and metal work, Cambodian statue of the bronze Avalokiteshvara, T’ang and Ming dynasty art work. The most attractive piece here is the oldest Buddha statue made of wood and lacquer. The Islamic section includes works of religion in the forms of Korans in various scrips and art exhibits from the Mamluk, Mughal and Turkish Era. The other works include those from the Medieval Era, Gothic art, Byzantine pieces, Renaissance revival art, Baroque examples and 18th century art forms. Apart from just art and paintings, you will also be pleased to see the variety of architectural pattern applied on the different buildings that form a part of the museum campus. These buildings include Charles Street- Old Main Building, Centre Street Annex Building and Hacker man House.

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