The Walters Art Museum


musem activities for children and families

Gallery Fun

Art museums aren't only just for looking anymore. We have developed a variety of hands-on learning materials that are sure to appeal to all types of learners. Visitors can now be actively involved in their own learning process and interact with the art on their own terms. Use of interactive gallery materials is always free!


ArtCarts

Bright, colorful, and loaded with free in-gallery activities for the entire family, ArtCarts are available on the weekends and during school break weeks.Found in the Centre Street Lobby and throughout the museum, ArtCarts focus on our ancient Greek, Renaissance, 19th-century, and Asian art collections. You can borrow a collection specific children's book to read in the galleries, a drawing kit or a puzzle. Or try on a costume, play seek and find. ArtCarts are also the home of our FunPacks and Discovery Quilts.Check out our new Sensory Fun Packs designed for families of children with Sensory Processing Disorders.

The Waltee Club is a Free club just for kids and their families at the Walters Art Museum. Sign up for a Waltee Club card at an ArtCart when you visit the museum!

The 19th century ArtCart has been generously sponsored by M&T Bank. The Palazzo ArtCart has been generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Ancient Greek ArtCart has been generously sponsored by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation.


Discovery Quilts

Discovery Quilts allow visitors to sit down in the galleries, relax, and explore art in a family-friendly way. Pockets, pouches, and flaps open to reveal a wonderfully interactive world of learning about art and culture. Available on weekends and during school break weeks - find them on the ArtCarts located around the museum.

Five unique quilts complement the following collections:

Japanese Art
Discover the world of the Samurai and host your own tea ceremony.

Renaissance Art
Learn about life in the Italian Renaissance and prepare for a grand Medici feast!

19th Century Art
Use all of your senses to imagine life as a child living during the 19th century.

Ancient Greek Art
Explore the fantastic mythological creatures of ancient Greece and create your own fabulous animal.

Ancient Egyptian Art
Travel down the Nile River to discover life in ancient Egypt.

The Renaissance Discovery Quilt is generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Ancient Greek Discovery Quilt is generously sponsored by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation. The 19th Century Discovery Quilt and the Ancient Egypt Discovery Quilt are supported by a grant from the U.S. Institute for Museum and Library Services. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Discovery Quilt do not necessarily reflect those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Family Guides

Family Guides introduce our intergenerational audiences to selected works of art at the Walters. They encourage new, fun ways of looking at and learning about art and culture together. Family Guides are available for the Palazzo (Renaissance and Baroque collections) and the Ancient Greek collection. Pick up a Family Guide at the Visitor Information Desk or in the lobbies of the Ancient World and Palazzo galleries.

The Palazzo Family Guide is generously sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Greek Family Guide is generously sponsored by the Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation. Mascot illustrations by Brian Ralph / Design by Principle Inc., Baltimore, MD


Family Audio Guide

This audio tour leads children and their families on a captivating, kid-friendly journey through the museum. Listeners will be introduced to all sorts of fascinating facts and intriguing information, which will stimulate family discussions. Find out things like how long that alligator hanging on the wall really is! The Family Audio Tour may be checked out at the museum admissions desk.