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The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

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The Walters Art Museum houses a vast selection of world art, including Greek sculpture, Roman sarcophagi, Art Nouveau jewelry, and medieval ivories, as well as Old Master and 19th-century masterpieces. Named for William Thompson Walters and Henry Walters, the father and son duo who collected a significant portion of the museum’s pieces, the museum opened in 1934 following Henry’s death and subsequent donation of his collection to the city of Baltimore. An audio guide is available to talk you through each exhibit. Using our online itinerary creator, Baltimore attractions like The Walters Art Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • The Walters has a wide ranging collection of art. It is stuffed with wonderful pieces that make a visit really worthwhile. Among my favorites at this museum are some ancient Roman sarcophagi that rema...  more »
  • We've been to museums everywhere, from Athens to J Paul Getty's house. This place is incredible. The guy travelled all over the world, and his pieces are totally unique. The only thing is that there a...  more »
  • We stopped by this Art Museum on our trip to Baltimore and enjoyed it quite a bit. The Egyptian and Greek art were amazing but be forewarned that most of the art is older. Not that it is a bad thing b...  more »
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  • The Walters Art Museum lies within one of Baltimore city's oldest and most prominent neighborhoods, Mount Vernon. During the turn of the century, Mount Vernon was home to the city's most wealthy and fashionable Maryland families. An amazing transformation occurs as guests enter the main hall of “The Walters”. Eyes widen, postures straighten, and spoken words are magically enunciated. The voice of an apparition woman gently whispers of the upcoming embarkation into a world filled with grandeur, royalty and priceless artifacts. Within one of its exquisite displays lies an exhibit of stunning gemstones, precious metals and jewels. Skillfully curated, the space not only pays homage to the Walters Family's regal collection, it eloquently recognizes several artisans who created each piece with meticulous precision and timeless beauty. The Walters Art Museum is a cherished gift, elegantly wrapped and presented to the world.
  • To begin IT'S FREE!! I didn't even know this place existed. If it weren't for the teachers at my son's school issuing him an assignment to go to this museum our family would have missed out on a great experience. And as you can see they allow you to take pictures. Which is a stark contrast to other museums we visited. If you can go please do, it will be an experience you'll always remember.
  • Wonderful gallery with quite a large array of different works. An amazing sculpture garden. We went late and practically had the whole place to ourselves. Great lighting. Great atmosphere. Impressive.
  • This is a great mid size art gallery/museum. They have a mixed variety of art from various historical eras. My kids particularly enjoyed the ancient Egyptian artifacts including the mummy! My wife and I enjoyed the whole experience. Nice and relaxing. So many things to see!
  • Honestly, if you live in Maryland and haven't been...why not??? Super cultural F-R-E-E museum. Kids room in basement. Traveling exhibits. Free family festivals. A gem.

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Where to stay in Baltimore

For quick and easy access to practically all of Baltimore's major attractionswhile on holiday, follow the example of most tourists and stay near the Inner Harbor neighborhood. Few cities boast such a well-defined tourist district, it shouldn't come as a surprise that all the major chain hotels in the city are located right in this busy neighborhood. If you prefer to stay in a quieter area offering a bit more local character, consider one of the city's outlying districts, offering affordable accommodations and plenty of dining and shopping options.
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