The Walters Art Museum, located in Mount Vernon-Belvedere, Baltimore, Maryland, United States, is a public art museum founded and opened in 1934. It holds collections established during the mid-19th century. The Museum's collection was amassed substantially by major American art and sculpture collectors, a father and son: William Thompson Walters, (1819–1894), who began collecting when he moved to Paris as a nominal Southern/Confederate sympathizer at the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861; and Henry Walters (1848–1931), who refined the collection and made arrangements for the construction of a later landmark building to rehouse it. After allowing the Baltimore public to occasionally view his father's and his growing added collections at his West Mount Vernon Place townhouse/mansion during the late 1800s, he arranged for an elaborate stone palazzo-styled structure built for that purpose in 1905–1909. Located across the back alley, a block south of the Walters mansion on West Monument Street/Mount Vernon Place, on the northwest corner of North Charles Street at West Centre Street.
The mansion and gallery were also just south and west of the landmark Washington Monument in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere neighborhood, just north of the downtown business district and northeast of Cathedral Hill. Upon his 1931 death, Henry Walters bequeathed the entire collection of then more than 22,000 works, the original Charles Street Gallery building, and his adjacent townhouse/mansion just across the alley to the north on West Mount Vernon Place to the City of Baltimore, "for the benefit of the public." The collection includes masterworks of ancient Egypt, Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories, illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance bronzes, Old Master European and 19th-century paintings, Chinese ceramics and bronzes, Art Deco jewelry, and ancient Near East, Mesopotamian, or ancient Middle East items. Dorothy Miner became its first Keeper of Manuscripts in 1934 and held the post until her death in 1973.
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 9:00 PM|
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|Sunday||10:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
David Celeste | Mar 3, 2018
Simply phenomenal. Each display, room and galleries were thoughtfully put together. We've been to dozens of highly rated museums in North America and Europe and this was instantly rose to top marks. Their Faberge/Russian art collection become favorites of hours. I still can't believe that the entrance was free of charge. Well done.
Jason Stockbridge | Feb 11, 2018
First off the museum is FREE!!! Free self serve coat check lockers. But I highly recommend a donation. Great museum in an nicer part of town, as anyone who has spent time in Baltimore knows, there is amazing architecture everywhere! This building is no exception. They have an extensive permanent collection that is pretty eclectic. Also a fair collection of religious artwork if that is your thing. Not a huge museum but if you are not in hurry you could easily spend half a day here of if you are you could breeze through in a bit over an hour. I suggest taking the time as many pieces have a very interesting history. Parking can be tough however there is a lot just to the West and a garage a few blocks south.
Kim Holsapple | Feb 7, 2018
This was our first time visiting. We went specifically for the Asian exhibit (temporary) for a school project. It was amazing. We wound up visiting all the exhibits. You cannot take pics of the actual items but you can take pictures of the description of the item. There is a small Cafe and gifts shop. Also, there is a self-check coat room with free small lockers. Just remember your locker number, as well as the combination to the lock (which you set yourself). There is parking literally right across the street. I highly recommend that you prepay via the website on the Walters Art Gallery website. Be prepared to leave your keys since it is a small parking lot. The employees were very nice and friendly.
Samantha Dear | Feb 28, 2018
We really enjoyed our trip, the gift shop was lovely and we had so much fun checking out the coats of armor and weapons! By the way, you can't beat price! With that said, absolutely amazing artwork, fairly good layout and location (Other things to look at in area if you have time). The only drawback was parking, we had to circle more than a few blocks around the museum a couple times, which resulted in a not so fun walk with my baby belly. So just be prepared to walk a bit.
Martin Roberge | Feb 4, 2018
There's too much to see in one day, but it's free. So I suggest shorter, but more frequent visits. They've got lots of fun activities for kids and some 'treasure hunt' games. Plus it's a nice place to walk around with a friend or a date. Look for the Samurai armor, the secret staircase, the stained glass window, and the unicorn 🦄 tapestry. Have fun.
Mikia Heard | Mar 13, 2018
Beautiful frames of artwork from all over the world. My favorite exhibit is located on the top floor. If you walk back to the room with red painted walls there are pictures from floor to ceiling. Each frame is labeled in books provided for you to review that are located in benches. This is a great way to introduce art. I plan to take my cousins so that they can appreciate canvas arts, oil and acrylic paintings
Laurie Brown | Apr 5, 2018
I recently went to a lecture on Buddhism at the Walters and it was great. Then I found out that they also have Sunday "tours" on a particular subject from 1-2 starting in the lobby. That was also wonderful: a group of eight or so going through an exhibit with someone knowledgeable was so much more rewarding than 30 visits looking at the exhibit by myself. The museum also has many activities for children.
La Tonya McDowell | Mar 29, 2018
Love this museum and had to visit for my birthday 🎈 after not being there for many years. Loved going on school trips! Showed my mentor the museum on her birthday and she is out of state telling everyone how nice it is... thank you to the staff on each floor, some were really knowledgeable 😊😊😊
Sydney Thom | Mar 13, 2018
Just about everything is free which is great. There was ample street parking nearby when I visited during the day on a Tuesday. I went to their monthly baby class. It's a very intimate and interactive class which is nice and the teachers are great with the baby's /toddlers too. The environment was professional yet comfortable.
Adam Aviv | Apr 22, 2018
This is a gem of a museum hiding in plain sight in the heart of the Mt Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore. It's free too (but throw them a few bucks), and it has some amazing art in the permanent collection as well as host many shows. You can't go wrong. It's also a great date place because it's open late on Thursdays.
Josie Conner | Apr 27, 2018
Staff was excellent. Pointed out exhibitions we missed. Parking would have been a problem but we turned the corner and someone moved out of parking space right in front of museum. Had the best informative visit. Will be back to visit the other 3 floors. So much to observe.
Andrea Martin | May 11, 2018
This museum has a little bit of everything, from ancient times to modern art. Will have to go back and spend more time there. Free museum, so definitely make a donation. Fun kids activities on certain days.
Floyd Godsey | Jun 27, 2018
Excellent art museum! The staff is very pleasant and accommodating. An extensive collection of classic artifacts, representing many hundreds of years. The museum has a intuitive floor plan. The museum's layout makes it easy for a novice to spend more time enjoying the collection and less time searching through the collection. The museum has a Cafe, conveniently located on the first floor. It has a nice selection of sandwiches, fruits, drinks, etc. The cafe is a great place to get off your feet, relax and grab a snack.
C. M. Reedy | May 28, 2018
This museum is simply amazing. I went with a friend on a whim. When they say entry is free, they mean it. There are no windows or tables you have to walk by, no one “encouraging donations.” Just a guard who welcomes you in and an enthusiastic man who gives out maps and information about the museum. There are so many levels with detailed and educational plaques. My friend and i spent hours there and barely scratched the surface. I especially love the rooms that are styled and decorated to reflect the time period of the art on display. Before we knew it, the museum was closing and we had to leave. I could’ve spent many more hours there and I will absolutely be visiting The Walters Art Museum again.
Frank H | Jun 18, 2018
Located in a nice pocket of Baltimore. The museum is free to visit. There are a great many and variety of historical artifacts dating back to ancient civilization times. A cafe and gift shop is on site. You may want to consider eating at one of the nearby restaurants or food market which is less than a block away.
Floyd Godsey | Jul 26, 2018
Excellent art museum! The staff is very pleasant and accommodating. An extensive collection of classic artifacts, representing many hundreds of years. The museum has an intuitive floor plan. The museum's layout makes it easy for a novice to spend more time enjoying the collection and less time searching through the collection. The museum has a Cafe, conveniently located on the first floor. It has a nice selection of sandwiches, fruits, drinks, etc. The cafe is a great place to get off your feet, relax and grab a snack.
Folgers Forest | Jul 28, 2018
LOVE this museum! (There is no admission fee for those wondering). Armor, pottery, paintings, insects, early weaponry, jewelry, antique guns, statues, ancient burial chambers, altars, Greek, African, Japan, China, Sumeria, etc. Everything is within this building. The staff are very nice and the bathrooms are modern and clean. There are elevators to reach all floors. Highly recommend.
Stewy Slocum | Jul 15, 2018
Incredible experience. Walter's stands up to any American museum I have been to, of art and in general. There are spectacular works of art from across the world, set up in powerful, thoughtful exhibits, in a magnificent building. This is a must see if you have a day in Baltimore, and especially if you are in the beautiful Mount Vernon area.
John Marroletti | Jul 16, 2018
Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Pleasantly surprised. Been visiting Baltimore for 12 years and visited the museum for the first time. I will be back Everytime I go there. So much more I want to see. Thank you.
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