Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
Acclaimed as one of the best art museums in the United States, THE WALTERS ART MUSEUM, located in the historic Mt. Vernon Cultural District of Baltimore, offers ancient, medieval and Renaissance art, Egyptian mummies, medieval armour and 19th century masterpieces. The museum celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005 by unveiling the renovation of its Palace of Wonders building. The adjacent Hackerman House focuses on Asian art.
General admission $10.00
Seniors ( 65 + with ID) $8.00
College students with ID $6.00
Ages 6 to 17 $2.00
Members and children under 6 enter free
Free admission on the first Thursday of each month and on Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Hours: Wed. to Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Baltimore is definately not known for its art galleries, but there are two that are worth mentioning (there are also some private galleries in Fells Point that are intriguing).
The Walters Art Museum has a little something for everyone. The collection was collected mostly by William and Henry Walters. Have a look at exhibits from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe.
What I find particularly fascinating is the Asian Art collection that is housed in the Hackerman House that includes Chinese, Japanese, Southeast Asian, and Indian art.
Wednesday - Sunday 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Second Fridays: After Hours 5:30 — 10 p.m.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, December 24, and December 25
Adult - $10
Senior Citizens - $8
College Students with ID (18-25) - $6
Children 6-17 - $2
Children under 6 - Free
First Thursdays all day and
Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. - Free
Baltimore is not just about alternative art. Lovers of mainstream art rejoice - there is the well-presented, world-class Walters Art Museum. And it's free.
The museum has extensive collection of classical as well as oriental art, and even art from pharaonic Egypt. I specifically liked the classical statues from ancient Greece (including the ancient sarcophagi - picture 3), the Roman Empire, and Renaissance Europe (notable of which is Raphael's Madonna of the Candelabra - picture 4).
What I also like about Walters are the special exhibits and activities they organize for the public and visitors. At the time of my visit, there was special exhibit on Greek art and mythology with fun activities not just for kids, but also for adults.
If you like art museums, you'll enjoy the Walters. It has an eclectic permanent collection with one of the best medieval art collections in the area -- better even than any in nearby Washington D.C. in my opinion. The Walters also usually hosts the best traveling exhibits in Baltimore, including excavations from Egyptian Pyramids and the Terra Cotta Soldiers of Xian (both of which I saw). If you're trying to decide between the Walters and the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walters wins hands down!
I almost passed on the Walters Museum but was very glad I didn't because it was one of the best places I visited on this trip. The museum is filled with the 22,000+ item collection of William and Henry Walters, an art collection that spans the centuries and the globe. Inside you'll find Renaissance art, Asian art, Medieval art, Egyptian art, really, just about a little of everything.
I only had a little under 2 hours but I could have stayed all afternoon. If your visit is short like mine, stop by the information desk and ask them what the highlights are, the staff at the Walters was extraordinarly helpful and friendly. And if you visit on a weekday afternoon, chances are you'll have the museum all to yourself like I did.
The highlight for me was the Treasury Room, packed full of pretty, shiny objects like a Gatchina Palace Faberge egg (which was originally a gift from Russian tsar Nicolas II to his mother), art nouveau jewelry from Lalique and a German ceremonial cup. The exhibits here were so well marked and it was all so interesting, I could have easily spent my whole visit in this one room!
But I wanted to see what else was there and one of the docents then told me I just couldn't miss the Chamber of Wonders, a room designed to look like the study for a wealthy 17th century Flemish man, stuffed full of things like butterlfies, animal heads mounted on the wall and a cool collection of bugs. Be sure to also include the Hackerman House which is connected to the Museum.
Admission is currently $10 for adults, free on Saturday morning from 10am-12 pm and the first Thursday of the month but check the website for current information. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
The Walters Art Museum is internationally renowned for its collection of fine works including world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe, Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi; medieval ivories and Old Master paintings; Art Deco jewelry and 19th-century masterpieces. This previously small, privately owned gallery located in Mount Vernon, opened to the public in 1875. The majority of the pieces were amassed by William and Henry Walters.
This art museum includes a decent collection of antiquities from throughout the world along with some European masters such as El Greco and Monet.