Friday, October 4, 2013–Monday, October 20, 2014
12:30 PM–04:00 PM on Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Did you know that people who preserve and restore artwork are called art conservators? They are experienced professionals who receive extensive training in fine arts, art history, and chemistry. At the Walters, conservators examine, analyze, and treat the collections, enhancing our understanding of art and the people who created it. They also select the best materials and environments for preservation, ensuring that the artwork survives for future generations.
Conservation began at the Walters in 1934, making the museum's conservation lab one of the oldest in America. Today, there are four departments—paintings; objects; paper, rare books, and manuscripts; and science—which are known for training young professionals entering the field.
Our conservators collaborate with curators, educators, and other staff on exhibitions, research, and museum programs. They also provide expertise for national and international projects, such as training Iraqi conservators and consulting on the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with our conservators during our viewing times. We hope you enjoy this "behind the scenes" look at conservation work in the museum.
Learn more about conservation.
Thursday Nights at the Walters
Date: 09/05/13 - 12/18/14
Time: 05:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Discover how the Walters comes alive at night! Every Thursday from 5-9 p.m., you can wander the galleries, see special exhibitions for FREE, eat in our café and find the perfect gift at the museum store.
Thursday Night Film: Rashomon (1950)
Time: 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM
A Japanese classic by acclaimed director Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon tells the story of a murdered samurai through four different points of view; each story revealing a different version of events. The witnesses: a woodcutter, a bandit, the samurai’s wife, and the dead samurai himself, all have a story to tell, but how do we know which one is telling the truth? Please join us for a special screening of this masterpiece of world cinema. Japanese, subtitled in English. Running time: 88 min.; NR.
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Walk-In Tour: Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics
Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Take the opportunity to tour our spring exhibition with its curator, for only the price of an exhibition ticket (free for members)! A private collection of contemporary Japanese ceramics serves as the introduction to the traditional way of flower arranging, called “ikebana.” Works of art in different mediums from the permanent collection will add social and aesthetic context to the ceramics. Meet Dr. Mintz in the Centre Street lobby for this installment of our Sunday walk-in tours.