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Institutional Policies of the Walters Art Museum

Accessions and Acquisitions Policy

This policy statement defines the process of decisionmaking and the procedures to be followed for the accession/acquisition of works of art, whether they are acquired by purchase, gift, or bequest, for the collection of the Walters Art Museum. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Walters Art Museum Deaccession Policy and Incoming Loan Policy.

Deaccession Policy

This policy statement defines the process of decision making for the deaccession of items from the collection of the Walters Art Museum and the procedures to be followed. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Walters Art Museum Accessions and Acquisitions Policy.

List of Deaccessioned Objects »

Incoming Loan Policy

This policy statement defines the process of decision making and procedures to be followed in borrowing works of art from other institutions and private lenders. This policy should be read in conjunction with the Walters Art Museum Accessions and Acquisition Policy.

Outgoing Loan Policy

This policy statement defines the process of decisionmaking for lending Walters Art Museum collection objects and the procedures to be followed.

Provenance Research

Provenance is the history of ownership of works of art. Provenance research contributes to our understanding of the historical, social, and economic contexts that inform the production, circulation, and preservation of an individual work of art. Documenting provenance can also serve as a means of authenticating a work of art and establishing legal ownership of it.

Rights, Reproductions and Terms of Use

The materials on this site are made available for fair use as defined in the United States copyright laws. This policy gives information on reproductions for publishing commercial, or professional media use. It also includes a form for requesting an image from the Walters Art Museum.

Website Privacy Policy

The Walters Art Museum is dedicated to protecting the privacy of visitors to our website. The Walters does not collect personal information about visitors unless the individual knowingly provides it. The Walters Privacy Policy for our website is outlined here.