The Walters Art Museum’s collection spans more than seven millennia, from 5,000 BCE to the 21st century, and encompasses 36,000 objects. This extraordinary collection is rich in works that represent the height of human creativity and artistry.

Walking through the museum’s historic buildings visitors encounter a stunning panorama of thousands of years of art, from romantic 18th and 19th-century images of French gardens to mesmerizing Ethiopian icons, richly illuminated Qur’ans and Gospel books, ancient Roman sarcophagi, and serene images of the Buddha.

The Walters’ collection sparks wonder and surprise. And in presenting it, we uncover the stories behind the objects, share those histories through multiple viewpoints, and illuminate the connections with our lives today.


The Walters’ Conservation and Technical Research department, founded in 1934, is the third oldest museum laboratory in the country. The Conservation Window provides visitors with an opportunity to see our conservators at work. Conservators engage with visitors while working on conservation-related projects in a small studio space adjacent to our labs, equipped with a window opening.