The Walters Art Museum

Museum Exhibition

Traveling Exhibitions From the Walters Museum

Discover the Walters outside of Baltimore! Many of our exhibitions are featured in other museums all over the globe. With the establishment of its Traveling Exhibition Program, the Walters has expanded its mission by developing and circulating exhibitions that showcase the collections of the Walters, and of others, for the aesthetic and educational benefit of museum visitors everywhere.

For information about reserving a venue for any of these traveling exhibition, please contact

Currently Traveling Exhibitions

Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum

Egypt's Mysterious Book of the Faiyum

This exhibition on the Egyptian belief system will focus on an exquisitely illustrated Greco–Roman–period papyrus—the Book of the Faiyum—that describes the creation of the universe and depicts the daily journey of the sun god. This will be the first time in more than 150 years that the manuscript, which was divided up for sale in the 19th century, will be reunited.

Tour Itinerary

  • Walters Art Museum: October 6, 2013-January 5, 2014
  • Roemer– und Pelizaeus Museum, Hildesheim: September 12, 2014-January 11, 2015
  • Kunsthalle, Leoben, Austria: April 24, 2015-November 1, 2015
Traces of the Poet, Artist, and Patron in the Age of Great Islamic Empires

Pearls on a String: Artists, Patrons, and Poets at the Great Islamic Courts

The first international loan exhibition of Islamic art to foreground stories about people, Pearls on a String emphasizes the role of human relationships in inspiring and sustaining artistic creativity. This exhibition comprises approximately a hundred works of art in all media from a geographic area that spans the Bay of Bengal to the Mediterranean. The works on view date from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century: a period marked by the global movement of ideas and technologies and increased interaction among cultural and religious communities.

Pearls on a String pivots around three protagonists who embodied the spirit of their time and realized their patron’s ambitions through individual initiative and a network of personal relationships. In all three episodes, the patron confronts alternative literary and religious traditions along with new technologies and modes of artistic expression. Each protagonist offers his patron a creative means of incorporation and synthesis, embracing an ever-changing early modern world through the written word, painted image, and ingeniously engineered object.

Tour Itinerary

  • Walters Art Museum: November 8, 2015-January 31, 2016
  • Asian Art Museum, San Francisco: February 26, 2016-May 8, 2016

Past Touring Exhibitions

Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes

The exhibition Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes tells the story of The Archimedes Palimpsest's journey and the discovery of new scientific, philosophical and political texts from the ancient world. This medieval manuscript demonstrates that Archimedes discovered the mathematics of infinity, mathematical physics and combinatorics—a branch of mathematics used in modern computing.

Tour Itinerary

  • Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens: March 15, 2014–June 8, 2014
Richard Caton Woodville: Telling American Tales

New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville

Painter of iconic works of American genre, Richard Caton Woodville (1825–55) created paintings widely known in the period because of their reproduction as premium prints distributed by the American Art–Union. In this first exhibition devoted to Woodville since 1967, the Walters' rich holdings and several key loans will be assembled to explore the formation, historical and social context, and reception of this engaging painter.

Tour Itinerary

  • Walters Art Museum: Spring, 2013
  • The Mint Museum: June 29, 2013–November 3, 2013

Revealing the African Presence in Renaissance Europe

This groundbreaking exhibition will explore the wealth of European art to reveal the hidden presence of Africans in Renaissance society and the many roles they played. The exhibition will include approximately 75 paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures drawn from the Walters own holdings as well as significant international loans from public and private collections.

Tour Itinerary

  • The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD: October 14, 2012—January 1, 2013
  • Princeton University Art Museum: February 16, 2013—June 19, 2013
Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift

Exploring Art of the Ancient Americas: The John Bourne Collection Gift

This exhibition will present approximately 129 Precolumbian works from the collection of ancient Mesoamerican, Central American, and Andean South American art (spanning 1200 B.C. to A.D. 1530) assembled by John G. Bourne beginning in 1940.

Tour Itinerary

  • The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD: February 12, 2012–May 20, 2012
  • The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, Albuquerque, NM: June 10, 2012 to August 26, 2012
  • Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN: March 1, 2013–June 23, 2013

Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe

This exhibition of approximately 70 works explores the emergence and transformation of several key types of reliquary, moving from an age in which saintly remains were enshrined within closed containers to an era in which relics were increasingly presented directly to worshipers.

Tour Itinerary

  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH: October 17, 2010–January 17, 2011
  • The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD: February 13, 2011–May 15, 2011
  • British Museum, London, UK: June 23, 2011–October 9, 2011
Masterpieces of 19th Century Painting

Masterpieces of 19th Century Painting from the Walters Art Museum

Featuring 39 of the finest paintings from the Walters’ 19th century collection, this traveling exhibition includes works by Delacroix, Turner, Manet, and Monet.

Tour Itinerary

  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA: January 30, 2010–May 2, 2010
  • Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX: October 2, 2010–January 2, 2011
Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece

This exhibition explores the human need for heroes through the arts of ancient Greece. Statues, reliefs, vases, bronzes and jewelry illustrate the lives of heroes and heroines, including their tasks, adversaries, challenges, failures and private moments. The exhibition features over 100 objects from U.S. and European museums as well as pieces from the Walters' collection.

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Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry

Spanning 55 centuries, and including examples from throughout the collection, this exhibition features over 150 selections from the Walters' spectacular jewelry holdings. Click here for catalogue

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Things with Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art

Things with Wings: Mythological Figures in Ancient Greek Art

Numerous gods and hybrid creatures in Greek mythology were conceived of as winged beings. Wings enabled gods and monsters alike to cover great distances swiftly. They were a form of protection, but they also gave the bearer a terrifying appearance and the ability to chase enemies. This exhibition features various winged Greek gods such as Hermes, Eros and Artemis as well as creatures and monsters such as Pegasus and Medusa.

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The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes

The Road to Impressionism: Barbizon Landscapes from the Walters Art Museum

Exploring the range of works produced by Barbizon and impressionist artists, this traveling exhibition of 30 paintings includes works by Rousseau, Millet, Corot, Daubigny, and Sisley.

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Medieval Art

Realms of Faith: Medieval Art from the Walters Art Museum

Featuring the Walters’ renowned collection of medieval art, this exhibition of approximately 50 objects from the 6th to the 15th century focuses on the religious beliefs and practices of one of the most fascinating periods in world history.

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Bayre Sculpture

Untamed: The Art of Antoine–Louis Barye

Hailed as the Michelangelo of the menagerie, Barye was one of the greatest French sculptors of the 19th century. For the first time, the Walters will circulate more than 40 highlights from its renowned holdings, the most extensive collection of Barye’s work in the world. Click here for catalogue

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Angels of Light: Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum

The Walters' collection of Ethiopian icons, manuscripts and processional crosses is one of the largest and finest collections outside of Ethiopia. Highlighted are nearly 40 works that date from the 4th to the 19th century. Click here for catalogue. Walters Director, Gary Vikan recently discussed the significance of Ethiopian religious icons on WNYC, New York Public Radio. Listen here…

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