Walters Art Museum Baltimore Reviews
A wonderful art museum and all for free. Apr 09, 2011
The Walters Art Museum is Baltimore's primary art museum. The museum was founded in 1909 by Baltimore railroad magnate Henry Walters. Initially, the museum displayed Walter's private art collection, which had been started by his father. Upon his death in 1931, Henry Walters left his museum to the city of Baltimore to be maintained as a public institution.
Henry Walters collecting interests were Egyptian, Near Eastern and Islamic, Greek Roman, and Medieval art. The museum's collections reflect this today, but there has been expansion into Renaissance, 18th and 19th century European, and Asian art. (This is not a museum for modern or American art.)
Pieces on display tend to be medium size to small. There are few grand objects or paintings to dominate a gallery. Thus, one is drawn into the display cases to carefully examine the art objects. A few galleries are arranged as "collectors corners", made up like a study in a home with wall cases displaying minute objects. There are treasures to be found. Medieval stained glass. Marble Roman sarcophagi. Intricate jewelry. Chinese ceramics. At the far end of the museum the China and Japan galleries are housed in the Hackerman House. (You have to be determined to get there.) But, a magnificent Tiffany stained glass skylight can be seen over the spiral main staircase.
Admission to the Walters Art Museum is free. (Special exhibits may have an admission charge.)
Photography in the main collections is permitted.
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