Street Address
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Mailing Address
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
phone: 410-547-9000
e-mail: info@thewalters.org
web: www.thewalters.org
Hours
Wednesday - Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Admissions
Free
Museum Type(s)
Art
Staff

Description

When planning your next museum visit in Baltimore, you will want to consider the Walters Art Museum-now open free of charge! The Walters is one of only a few museums worldwide to comprehensively present art from the third millennium B.C. to the early 20th century. Among its thousands of treasures, the Walters’ ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian, Asian, western medieval and Renaissance art collections are among the best in the nation. The Walters also holds one of the finest collections of decorative arts — ivories, bronzes, enamels and jewelry — in America. Highlights include Fabergé Easter eggs and jewelry by Tiffany and Lalique. Every major trend in French painting during the 19th century is represented in the Walters’ collection, including one or more works by artists like Monet, Pissarro, Manet, Degas, Gérôme, Delacroix and Corot. The museum also offers a spectacular reserve of illuminated manuscripts and rare books.

History

In 1931, the City of Baltimore received one of its greatest treasures when Henry Walters (1848–1931) bequeathed his collection of 22,000 works of art to his native city “for the benefit of the public.” The Walters bequest is still considered among the greatest acts of cultural philanthropy in our nation’s history. William Walters (1819–94), Henry’s father, had assembled a splendid collection of 19th-century art and Asian art and under his son’s auspices the collection was transformed into one of the finest of all American private collections. Henry Walters’ interests were boundless, ranging over 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to Art Nouveau. Although significantly expanded, the museum’s strength and scope continue to reflect Mr. Walters’ collecting genius and philanthropic spirit.

Artifacts Collections

The Walters' permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th-century paintings.

Educational Programs

The Walters provides programming for families, adults and teachers.