Walters Art Museum – Baltimore, Maryland

Walters Art Museum – Baltimore, Maryland

This museum is only one of a few museums in the world to present a panorama of art from the thrid millennium BV to the early 20th century.  There are thousands of treasures that will literally take your breath away with their beauty.  You can see mummies, arms and armor, old master paintings which as so stunning that will will sit and look at them for a long time and keep the memory fresh with you for a long time.  There are displays of Art Nouveau jewelry that are so unique and so heavy looking!

The Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ethiopian and Western Medieval art collections are among the finest in the nation.  Every major trend in French paintings during the 19th century is represented in the collection.  You can go to a number of larger museums and never see the quality and beauty that will you experience at the Walters Art Museum.

How did the museum get it’s start?  Well, in 1931 Nenry Walters, son of William T. Walter, donated the core collection of the museum to the city of Baltimore.  He and his father had collected an amazing array of art, 22,000 works from around the world, and have shared it with the city of Baltimore and the rest of the world ever since.

The collection of Egypian mummies is really quite interesting.  Not only are there human mummies but also a variety of mummified animals.  You will be enthralled with the detail and preservation of these pieces.

Are you interested in suits of armor and weaponry?  If you are then you will certainly enjoy the display of medieval armor, swords, daggers, crossbows, spears, halberds, fintlocks and muskets that span many centuries  and cultures.

You may not know exactly what Art Nouveau jewelry looks like but when you spend some time near these displays you will understand the work that went into creating these pieces.  Just check out the crowns that are on display, they are small in circumference but tall, 6 to 8 inches which had to perch on the heads, wonder how them kept them on?

The renaissance paintings on display feature some of the  most significant holdings of Italian paintings in the Americas.  Just amazing how talented these old masters were at creating beauty that has withstood the test of time.  Are there any modern artists that are creating works as stunning as these?  In the museum you will see mastgerpieces by artists such as Tiepolo and El Greco.

Study the statues that are on display from centuries ago.  The detail, the beauty the talent, all will have you gawking and delighted that you decided to take the time to visit this first rate museum.

There is a cafe at the museum featuring a variety of sandwiches, salads, not and cold beverages, and desserts in a casual setting.  It will allow you to take a break, absorb some of the history you have seen and perhaps go see new things after lunch or go back and visit the ones that stick out in your mind the most.

Take a memento home from the museum store to remind you of your trip.

Hours:

Wednesday – Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM.  Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Open New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Day.

Admission:

Free general admission.  Special exhibitions may have an admission fee.

Locaiton:

Located int he historic Mount Vernon Cultural Distric of Baltimore, just one mile north of the Inner Harbor.  The main entrance is on Centre Stree, between Charles and Cathedral streets.

Address:

600 N Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-5185

Phone:

410-547-9000

email: info@watlers.org

For information about traveling exhibitions organized by the Walters Art Museum, contact travelingexhibitions@thewalters.org

Director: Gary Vikan cro