East meets West at the Walters. On one hand, its collection spans nearly the entire history of Western art. Its spacious ... More
Walters Art Museum
East meets West at the Walters. On one hand, its collection spans nearly the entire history of Western art. Its spacious galleries are home to Greek and Roman statuary, Baroque carvings and a large collection of Renaissance paintings. On the other hand, its elegant Hackerman House wing holds one of the largest collections of traditional Asian art in the United States. Admission to the permanent collection is always free.
The museum is very easy to locate, just a short walk from the Center St stop on the light rail, and right behind it is the original Washington Monument. The museum has four floors to examine, and each one is a treasure. Admission is free. My only concern was how quickly my twelve year old daughter would become bored in an art museum, but it has such a diverse collection, that was never an issue. My only regret is that we did not have more time to digest all of the treasures located here. It includes contemporary, ancient Egyptian, early Christian and Muslim, European and Roman art, to name a few. We also took all the pictures we wanted: many museums will not allow this. A great visit.
A gem of a museum almost rivaling the greats, albeit in a much more intimate setting. Plenty more here than paintings (despite the requisite Monet) - the range of historical periods, cultures, and objects was amazing: samurai swords, mummies, illuminated manuscripts, pre-Columbian gold, Etruscan jewelry, Faberge eggs, a collector's "mermaid" - or was it "dragon"? - and even the saw part of a sawfish! Especially recommend the "Chamber of Wonders" on the 1st floor - we spent more than an hour in just that one room! Lovely architecture. Even the reluctant member of our party (professed to be bored by "art" - and "museums") loved the place.
Would suggest anywhere from 2 hours to (more likely) a full day for exploration. Check out the surrounding neighborhood while at it. Recommended for all ages. And to top it off, admission is free.
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