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Lectures, Talks & Classes at the Museum

The Walters Art Museum offers a wide variety of ways to talk about art and ideas, through our free and ticketed lectures, seminars, talks and classes.

We offer many other events for adults at the museum. For a complete, printable list of them all, download the public programs brochure (PDF). To see every event at the museum, including exhibitions, family programs and more, browse the online calendar of events.

You can register online to attend these events or call to register by phone at (410) 547-9000, ext. 238. You can also e-mail us at adultprograms@thewalters.org.

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Upcoming Events

Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey
Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey
Saturday, January 03, 2015
02:00 PM–03:00 PM
Join architectural historian Curt DiCamillo as he explores Highclere Castle, the setting for the PBS television series Downton Abbey.
Make Night: Manuscript Illumination
Make Night: Manuscript Illumination
Thursday, January 15, 2015
06:00 PM–08:30 PM
Practice hand-coloring manuscript pages, using paint and gold leaf, while learning about our current exhibition "From Pen to Press."
Gallery Talk: Images of the African Diaspora in the Walters' Collection
Thursday, February 05, 2015
06:30 PM–07:00 PM
Jackie Copeland, Special Advisor on Strategic Partnerships, leads a half-hour-long tour and discussion exploring African American identity.
Make Night: Setting Type by Hand
Thursday, February 19, 2015
06:00 PM–07:00 PM
Explore the process of setting type by hand and letterpress printing while learning about our current manuscript exhibition, "From Pen to Press."
Make Night: The Art of Fabrication
Thursday, February 26, 2015
06:00 PM–08:00 PM
Explore the connection between current and historical artworks and participate in a hands-on workshop.
Gallery Talk: The World on Sale: 50 Years of Shopping at World's Fairs
Thursday, March 05, 2015
06:30 PM–07:00 PM
Curator Jo Briggs will lead a half-hour-long tour and discussion of decorative art from World's Fairs featured in "From Rye to Raphael."
Make Night: Tangible Storytelling
Thursday, March 19, 2015
06:00 PM–09:00 PM
Explore the interaction of serious play and computer science while learning about our current exhibition "From Pen to Press."
Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939
Sunday, March 29, 2015
02:00 PM–03:00 PM
Join author and curator Jason Busch and learn more about the importance of World's Fairs on the development of innovative design and modern living.
Gallery Talk: Hybrid Texts: The Walters' Collection of Rare Incunabula
Thursday, April 02, 2015
06:30 PM–07:15 PM
Curator Lynley Herbert leads a half-hour-long tour and discussion of the special exhibition "From Pen to Press."
The Romance of Rome and the Business of Sculpture
Sunday, April 12, 2015
02:00 PM–03:00 PM
Using William Henry Rinehart’s Roman studio as a case study, curator Jenny Carson will outline the way in which traditional marble sculptures were produced and marketed throughout much of the nineteenth century.
Make Night: Stone Lettercarving
Thursday, April 16, 2015
06:00 PM–08:00 PM
Explore stone carving and lettering while learning about our current exhibition, "From Rough Stone to Living Marble."
Women's Committee Event: A Spring Day in Paris Lecture
Friday, April 17, 2015
10:30 AM–12:00 PM
Laura Dowling, chief floral designer at the White House, gives a lecture and demonstrates her floral arranging technique.
Women's Committee Event: A Spring Day in Paris Lecture and Luncheon
Friday, April 17, 2015
10:30 AM–02:00 PM
Laura Dowling, chief floral designer at the White House, gives a lecture and demonstrates her floral arranging technique. Seated luncheon to follow.
John and Berthe Ford Annual Lecture: Establishing Authenticity in Traditional Chinese Painting
Sunday, April 19, 2015
02:00 PM–03:00 PM
How does one distinguish an authentic Chinese painting from a copy or forgery? This lecture examines some of the key issues involved in the appreciation of Chinese painting.
Gallery Talk: Sebastian Martorana
Thursday, April 23, 2015
06:30 PM–07:00 PM
Sculptor Sebastian Martorana leads a half-hour-long tour and discussion in the special exhibition "From Rough Stone to Living Marble," linking traditional practices with contemporary pieces.
Gallery Talk: Love Reconciled with Death
Thursday, May 07, 2015
06:30 PM–07:00 PM
Curator Jenny Carson leads a half-hour-long tour and discussion in the special exhibition "From Rough Stone to Living Marble," with an emphasis on the process of creating marble sculpture.
Gallery Talk: Ancient Rome: The A-List
Thursday, June 04, 2015
06:30 PM–07:15 PM
Join John Shields, manager of docent and internship programs, as he discusses the goals of Roman portraiture through examples from the Walters collection.
Lily Cox-Richard: Possessing Powers
Sunday, June 07, 2015
02:00 PM–03:00 PM
Guests will learn about contemporary figurative sculpture and the postmodernist practice of mining existing art history and images.