The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, United States
The Walters Art Museum showcases one of the larger private art collections in the country. Upon his death in 1931, Henry Walters willed his family’s entire collection of over 22,000 pieces, and the buildings that housed them, to the City of Baltimore “for the benefit of the public.” The public has been the true beneficiary, gaining access to some of the finest collections anywhere. As an added benefit, in 2006, the City of Baltimore provided a grant to the museum offering – free admission to all!
The collection spans over 5500 years of human creativity. In the Ancient Room, there are sculptures and art from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Ethiopia. Be sure to seek out the oldest known writing of Greek mathematical genius Archimedes. The Walters also possesses one of the largest collections of Ancient American art.
The Renaissance is well represented with paintings from Reuben and El Greco. More modern works, from the 18th and 19th Centuries, are on display including Tiffany stained glass flowers, Faberge eggs and Sevres porcelain made for the members of the court at Versailles.
Throughout the years, the collection was noted, not just for the quantity at works, but for its quality. From the paintings and sculptures to the simplest Victorian hair accessory, the museum strived to secure the best from any given era.
Traveling exhibits and events designed to get children to explore and expand their talents are all part of the museum's educational mission.
Take I-95 to exit 53 (I-395) north - Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Once on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., continue to Druid Hill Avenue. Turn right onto Druid Hill Avenue. Druid Hill Avenue becomes Centre Street. Proceed on Centre Street to Cathedral Street. The Walters Art Museum will be on the left. The public entrance to the museum is located on Centre Street, near the corner of Centre and Cathedral streets.
A staffed parking lot is located across the street from the museum at Centre and Cathedral streets. Museum visitors are eligible for reduced rates with a validated ticket.
The museum is conveniently located near MTA bus lines (Nos. 3, 11, 31, 61, and 64) and the Centre Street Light Rail stop. The main entrance is located on Centre Street near the corner of Centre and Cathedral streets.