“For the benefit of the public.”

Those words from our founder Henry Walters set the tone at the Walters Art Museum. From our free admission to the way we present world-class art, what happens here happens with the visitor in mind.

The works on view reflect the height of human creativity and artistry from around the world, and the range of ways visitors can experience the collection is vast—from walk-in tours of exceptional exhibitions and installations to programs for visitors of all ages to the conservation window. Through this unique combination of great art and great programs, the Walters aims to provide visitors with engaging experiences and fresh insights into past civilizations and contemporary cultures in all their complexity.

All of this happens in a museum that is not just in Baltimore, but of Baltimore. When you visit the Walters, you experience a stunning panorama of thousands of years of art from around the world in one of Baltimore’s most iconic neighborhoods.

A Community Resource

We embrace our role as a resource for the community, using our collections, exhibitions, and programs to support learning, dialogue, and engagement.

The Walters Art Museum defines community as a collective of individuals with common ground who actively engage with each other. A community is made up of many different communities without compromising the integrity of each one. The Walters’ communities include: our staff, volunteers, and supporters; our neighbors in Baltimore; and people of all ages, especially in Maryland, who engage with or are curious about the people, art, space, or cultural experiences at the Walters.

We want the Walters to be your museum. We acknowledge that not all individuals within the communities listed above have felt connected to the Walters. We understand that some have felt excluded. We are committed to having and initiating conversations to make our physical and virtual spaces welcoming and enjoyable for all of our communities. We strive to foster trust, mutual respect, active listening, and open dialogue in all of our museum programs whether onsite or offsite.

If you do not see yourself in the definition above or have a perspective you would like to share, we invite you to email [email protected] and have a conversation with us.



Discover the Walters collection of 36,000 objects from around the world and across centuries

Wendel Patrick performing live at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore

Did You Know?

The Walters partners with more than 350 local artists each year

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