The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Walters Art Museum is a cultural hub in the heart of Baltimore. Located in the city’s Mount Vernon neighborhood, the Walters is free for all. The museum’s collection spans more than seven millennia, from 5,000 BCE to the 21st century, and encompasses 36,000 objects from around the world. Walking through the museum’s historic buildings, visitors encounter a stunning panorama of thousands of years of art, from romantic 19th-century images of French gardens to mesmerizing Ethiopian icons, richly illuminated Qur’ans and Gospel books, ancient Roman sarcophagi, and serene images of the Buddha. The Walters' mission has been to bring art and people together and to create a place where people of every background can be touched by art. Admission to the museum and special exhibitions is always free.
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  • Boris Vinogradsky, MD
    Bridgeport, West Virginia576 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    I would give it 6 stars if I could. Small, but fantastic. Specifically the small room with the Lalique, Tiffany and Faberge decorative art plus the Treasury and European Art exhibit. I have pictures, but cannot get them to download.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 17, 2023
  • Samantha S
    Yarmouth, Maine2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go!
    Wow, this place was a treat. What a cool collection, and the perfect size. I only wish I’d given myself more time. Favorites include the Arms and Armor room and basically the whole top floor (besides appreciating art, I am not great with styles and periods—my art history class was great but long ago, so I can’t be much more descriptive). I knew nothing about Leon Bonvin—what a talent. These are notable because they aren’t anything I would purposely seek out—a testament to the collections. Two other favorites were the Prometheus sculpture and Judith Decapitating Holofernes (top floor). Heads up: there are mummified remains of a young girl on the first floor. As parent to a young girl, I was equally compelled and disturbed. That’s art, but I imagine it would be hard for a loss parent to stumble on. Other than that, enjoy this awesome museum. PS: Free lockers!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Kathy R
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walters Museum is a gem
    If I could give this museum more than 5 stars, I would. We went yesterday, spent 5 hours touring all the exhibits, and had an excellent experience overall. I highly recommend this museum. They have a room of armor, large displays of Greco Roman statuary, an entire floor on East Asian art, two eggs and other items by Faberge, European paintings from various periods, a large simulated Victorian study with natural artifacts and curiosities from around the world, and so much more. Currently, there is an excellent display of Ethiopian art, culture, and history. The items are all beautifully displayed, the rooms are well laid out, and the descriptions at each item include historical context and details on the artist. Also, they have special activities for children. There is a small cafe.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 19, 2024
  • Richard S
    Washington DC, District of Columbia166 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great museum in two beautiful buildings.
    A very eclectic museum reflecting its origin as a private, family art collection. Not much American art--apparently Walters was not very interested in it. But fabulous examples of European art, especially from the middle ages. No admission charge!
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
  • SeattleCrackers
    Edmonds, Washington62 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large collection in beautiful buildings
    I was expecting a small focused museum that I would spend an hour exploring. Instead I discovered one of my all time favorite museums that I could spend 5 hours exploring. I like to move quickly and only stop when something catches my eye. So many items peaked my interest and such a large variety of art. The buildings were part of the experience and the Hackerman House (part of the overall museum) was beautiful. So well done! Free! Staff were always close by to help. Relatively quiet which I really appreciated.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 10, 2024
  • Kendall K
    1,158 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Explore
    Took a walk to The Walter’s and thoroughly enjoyed the beauty of this art museum. Right around the corner from Baltimore’s Washington Monument this museum has a modest collection of art from all over the world. It’s free to enter and donations are appreciated. Great place to go for the art lovers and those just exploring the area.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written July 4, 2024
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J F
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The Walters is highly recommended for anyone who loves art museums. The arms and armaments collection is very unusual and the fine arts collection is full of surprises. The museum collection covers pretty much the entire range of known human existence and is displayed in several connected buildings which are beautiful in their own right. Admission is free.
Written February 29, 2020
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michaelbosse
Baltimore, MD16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Even though I gre up in baltimore and have visited the Walters more times than I can remember, I never tire of the incredible collection, the interesting object installations, wonderful instructional and informational text, and always helpful staff. My most recent visit was to catch the Mackintosh & the Glasglow School touring exhibit - absolutely incredible and wonderfully curated; as the Walters is always apt to do they also had a related small exhibit from their own holdings. The Walters is definitely a required stop for all visitors and residents as well.
Written February 11, 2020
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Xerxes Rave
Bengaluru, India111 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Lives by it's name, multiple floor - and sections. The museum does cover cultures and timelines quite extensively. Some of the greek collections are really good. If in Baltimore, definitely should visit, Entry is free.
Written February 22, 2020
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ShoshanaOT
Baltimore, MD16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Love the changing exhibits and the permanent ones too. Elegant setting with many art mediums and historical eras . Downtown baltimore art scene is fun and full of history
Written March 5, 2020
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EDLichtenstein
Wynnewood, PA313 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
This was so much better than I was expecting! While everything could be technically called art the museum was really full of things - statues, tapestries, jewelry, arms & armor...so many objects! My young kids enjoyed it as well. This is a place I would come back to.
Written January 3, 2022
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Jktchorne
Fort Smith, AR1,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Family
This is one of the best art museum I have been too. The collection of art is different that most. The Greek are was one our favorite rooms. Also, the mummy which was my teenagers favorite. I went with my 14 and 17 year old this museum kept their attention for three hours. Each room we walked in we were at awww with all the pieces.
The museum is free and located in MT Vernon district close to the Peabody museum and Washington Memorial. Beautiful neighborhood with brick streets and parks
Written June 3, 2021
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Maggi713
Baltimore, MD12,319 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
When The Walters Art Gallery has a special exhibition, they really know how to showcase the best of the best. We were thrilled to be able to view “Betty Cooke – The Circle and the Line”.

What an incredible journey Betty Cooke has been on for the past 97 years of
her life. The exhibition at The Walters highlights her works from her
early years of jewelry making to the present. Her career started in Baltimore in her combined home, studio and shop at 903 Tyson Street and continued with her move to The Village of Cross Keys and the founding, with her husband, the late William O. Steinmetz, of a retail operation called The Store Ltd. Her jewelry was on the cutting edge of modern. My husband, who worked for Jim Rouse, found the one display case showcasing the jewelry she made for Patty Rouse over a 20-year period very interesting. Jim Rouse was one of her best-known clients. Another display case held the tools of her trade. Each display was well thought-out and expertly displayed with complete histories of the pieces. We were so glad that we had the chance to view this special exhibition.
Written January 1, 2022
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Skynyrdnation
New York City, NY102 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
This was a great surprise. All of the art collection is amazing. The water color painting section is the most beautiful I’ve ever seen like looking at a photo. I love the paintings in the Green Red and Blue rooms. The admission is free but you can’t resist making a donation.
Written July 3, 2023
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Chris779
Lancaster, PA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Walters has a terrific collection of both Western and non-Western art, so much interesting art to see. We've been here several times, and I've led several student groups here over the years. Always a great trip. Everyone is super helpful, and the art collection is amazing.
Written August 10, 2021
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Alexandra T
Murrieta, CA1,865 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Walters Art Museum is free to enter. There are four floors to explore. The collection was put together by a father and son who purchased art on their travels. There was also a local artist display on the first floor.
Written June 27, 2021
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