Baltimore, MD—The Walters Art Museum will close to the public effective Saturday, March 14, 2020 following the State of Maryland’s decision to close schools and limit large gatherings.

The Walters will remain closed through March 31, 2020 to support efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). The museum has already cancelled public programs, events, and tours through April 12. During the closure staff will transition to multiple work arrangements, with some remaining onsite to ensure the care of the buildings and artwork and some working remotely.

“The Walters cares deeply about Baltimore. The health and welfare of our visitors, staff, and volunteers are foremost in our minds,” said Julia Marciari-Alexander, Andrea B. and John H. Laporte Director. “We will continue to stay abreast of this issue and support our staff and visitors.”

The Walters will provide updates on its website,, as well as through social media. We invite you to explore the Walters collections online, including our manuscripts.

The Walters Art Museum is a cultural hub in the heart of Baltimore, located in the city’s Mount Vernon neighborhood. The museum’s collection spans more than seven millennia, from 5000 BCE to the 21st century, and encompasses 36,000 objects from around the world. Walking through the museum’s historic buildings, visitors encounter a stunning panorama of thousands of years of art, from romantic 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. Since its founding, the Walters’ mission has been to bring art and people together to create a place where people of every background can be touched by art. As part of this commitment, admission to the museum and special exhibitions is always free.

Visitor Information

Admission to the museum is free. The Walters Art Museum is located at 600 N. Charles St., north of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. For general museum information, call 410-547-9000 or visit

Free admission to the Walters Art Museum is made possible through the combined generosity of individual members and donors, foundations, corporations, and grants from the City of Baltimore, Maryland State Arts Council, Citizens of Baltimore County, and Howard County Government and Howard County Arts Council.