The Walters Art Museum is fortunate to have friends and supporters who have contributed to the general endowment or have established named endowments that further the museum’s mission of bringing art and people together for enjoyment, discovery and learning. From Henry Walters' bequest of a quarter of his fortune to establish the endowment to current gifts and bequests, gifts to the endowment provide stability for the future.
Endowed gifts are increasingly important. They insure that the financial support for the museum’s work in conservation, education, and scholarship continue. Increasingly, new gifts to the Walters endowment have the ability to help fund exhibition planning, program support, and technology.
A Foundation and a Future for the Walters Art Museum
Currently, the Trustees of the Walters Art Museum have identified three key areas to build the Walters Endowment. Those three areas are: access, keeping the Walters free and open to the public permanently; educational programming, for families, schools, and adults; and exhibitions.