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Walters Art Museum

Free galleries in three old mansions offer a comprehensive collection of over 5,000 years’ worth of art and rare manuscripts from nearly all regions of the world.

The art in Walters Art Museum spans 55 centuries. In the collection of more than 35,000 objects, you’ll see ancient manuscripts, 19th-century European pieces and Egyptian sculpture from an era that started in the sixth millennium B.C. The museum also offers creative programs for visitors of all ages.

The story of the museum begins when William Walters and his family moved from Baltimore to Europe during the Civil War and started buying 19th-century art there. Once back in Baltimore, Walters decided to occasionally open his house as a museum. After his death in 1894, son Henry added more valuable pieces to the collection and created a palazzo-like gallery in 1909 from three old mansions. The museum opened as the Walters Art Gallery in 1934.

Stroll through expansive galleries and admire ancient Greek statues, Egyptian mummies, Islamic manuscripts, medieval ivories, art deco jewelry and Roman sarcophagi. Browse the huge collection of illuminated manuscripts, with some of the first printed books in the world. If you want a more in-depth experience, pick up a free audio tour at the Visitor Services Desk or join a free guided tour.

Enter Hackerman House to see Asian art under carved ceilings and a Tiffany glass dome. Climb the grand spiral staircase for meditative silence in a bamboo setting.

Children can check out the Family Art Center within the complex. There are often festivals and drop-in activities on the weekends to create art, listen to stories and dress up.

Located in the Mt. Vernon Cultural District, Walters Art Museum is about a mile (1.6 kilometers) north of Inner Harbor. The free museum is open daily from Wednesday to Sunday. On Thursday nights, browse the museum and eat in the café after dark. A listing of special events is on the website. A paid parking lot is across the street. There are many public transport options and the museum is serviced by the free Charm City Circulator shuttle bus.


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Lodging Near Walters Art Museum

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Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor $76
Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

110 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
     
    3.0
    of 5, from 1,621 reviews
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    Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and USS Constellation. Walters Art Museum and Washington Monument are also within 15 minutes.

    Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor $90
    Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor

    Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor

    101 W Fayette St, Baltimore
       
      3.6
      of 5, from 3,684 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Radisson Hotel Baltimore Downtown - Inner Harbor is a 10-minute walk from the Inner Harbor and Baltimore Convention Center. Attractions within a 10-minute walk of the hotel include Walters Art Museum and the Maryland Historical Society. Camden Yards is 12 minutes away on foot.

      Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown $93
      Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

      Hotel Indigo Baltimore Downtown

      24 West Franklin Street, Baltimore
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 438 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        This Baltimore hotel is steps away from the Walters Art Museum and within walking distance of the Inner Harbor.

        Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel $139
        Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

        Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

        202 E Pratt St, Baltimore
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 1,651 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Adjacent to the Gallery mall, this Baltimore hotel is across from Harborplace, 3 blocks from the National Aquarium, and 1 mile from Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

          Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor $134
          Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor

          Hyatt Place Baltimore Inner Harbor

          511 S Central Ave, Baltimore
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 934 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Baltimore Civil War Museum and National Aquarium in Baltimore. USS Constellation and American Visionary Art Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Lord Baltimore Hotel $110
            Lord Baltimore Hotel

            Lord Baltimore Hotel

            20 W Baltimore St, Baltimore
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 2,747 reviews
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              Conveniently located in the heart of downtown Baltimore, this Art Deco hotel is 3 blocks from the National Aquarium and Hippodrome Theatre, and across from the Metro Station.

              Delta Hotels by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor $133
              Delta Hotels by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor

              Delta Hotels by Marriott Baltimore Inner Harbor

              1 East Redwood Street, Baltimore
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 212 reviews
                3.5 out of 5.0

                Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Baltimore Convention Center, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and USS Constellation. Walters Art Museum and Washington Monument are also within 15 minutes.

                Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor by Red Lion
                Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor by Red Lion

                Hotel RL Baltimore Inner Harbor by Red Lion

                207 E Redwood St, Baltimore
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 1,246 reviews
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Located in Downtown Baltimore, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina, National Aquarium in Baltimore, and USS Constellation. Walters Art Museum and Washington Monument are also within 1 mi (2 km).