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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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Lord Baltimore Hotel $95
Lord Baltimore Hotel

Lord Baltimore Hotel

20 W Baltimore St, Baltimore
     
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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.

    Days Inn by Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor $87
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      3 blocks from Baltimore's Inner Harbor, this Days Inn is across the street from the Baltimore Convention Center. Dining, galleries, shopping, and a picturesque waterfront are all within 5 blocks.

      Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor $68
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      Baltimore Plaza Inner Harbor

      110 Saint Paul Street, Baltimore
         
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        of 5, from 1,643 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.

        Envy Hotel $57
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        22 E Fayette Street, Baltimore
           
          2.8
          of 5, from 1,026 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.

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          120 E Lombard St, Baltimore
             
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            Located in the heart of Baltimore, this hotel is within walking distance of The Gallery and USS Constellation. Also nearby are National Aquarium in Baltimore and 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
               
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              Hilton Baltimore

              401 W Pratt St, Baltimore
                 
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                of 5, from 1,740 reviews
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                Hilton Baltimore is the ideal hotel for baseball fans, only 1 block from Oriole Park at Camden Yards. A 20-minute stroll takes guests to the waterfront, home to the USS Constellation and the National Aquarium. Other Baltimore attractions like Babe Ruth's Birthplace are even closer to the hotel.

                Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel $152
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                Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel

                202 E Pratt St, Baltimore
                   
                  4.3
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                  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.