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“Fabulous collection, for free!”

The Walters Art Museum
Ranked #4 of 208 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is a marvelous place in a great setting, and it doesn't cost a penny to visit. Three connected buildings with 3 or 4 floors in each. And a wide variety of items on display, from Egyptian mummies, to Etruscan jewelry, to Medieval art, to Renaissance ceramics, to Impressionist paintings, to Chinese vases, to Japanese samurai paraphernalia. Amazing. The Walters family deserves all the credit for compiling this collection and then giving it and the buildings to the City of Baltimore. Of particular note to me were the bronze Barye sculptures of animals in various activities that are not often the subject matter for sculpture (like attacking or devouring their prey). And don't fail to pay some attention to the buildings themselves while touring the museum.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This museum was a highlight during our visit to Baltimore. There is a varied collection of artifacts and artwork, beautifully displayed in this lovely, uncrowded place. The medieval and the ancient civilization collections were especially appreciated by our teenager. The free bus, which was close by, was a bonus.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

We are not really into art, but this was a nice (and free) museum. We went on a Thursday when it is open later - was before 6 p.m. when we started back to the hotel, probably not a great idea to walk in the area around there much past that.

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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is a nice museum. Not as large as other museums but it is free. It has an ecletic mix of Egyptian mummies, European sculptures, and Monets. We enjoyed our visit.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

Certainly a world-class museum, with friendly, helpful staff. The displays are worthy of much more time than we had. And it's free!

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