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Celebrate the Holidays, Take Tours, and Meet Jessye Norman at the Walters in December

Spend the holiday season exploring the museum’s collection for free; attending a book signing and talk with international opera legend, Jessye Norman; participating in free walk-in tours, whiskey tastings and the annual Monument Lighting Family Festival.

Art Kids Preschool Program: Night Knight
Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Time: 10:30 a.m. –12 p.m.
Location:  Family Art Center
Price:  Members, FREE; Non-members, $5
Explore the art of the Middle Ages and use your senses during a 90-minute, hands-on experience that combines a story chosen for its theme, a short tour and an art activity.

FREE! Monument Lighting Family Festival
Date: Thursday, December 04, 2014
Time:  5–8:30 p.m.
Enjoy seasonal performances, music, refreshments, holiday films, winter-inspired art activities for children and the annual lighting of the Washington Monument.

Peabody on the Court Music Series
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time:  12–1 p.m.
Location: Sculpture Court
Attend the Peabody on the Court Music Series concert featuring vocal ensemble The New Consort. The free concerts are presented in partnership with the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University.

Jessye Norman: In Conversation with Tom Hall
Date: Friday, December 5, 2014
Time: 7–9 p.m.
Location: Graham Auditorium
Price: $25
Hear internationally renowned opera star, Jessye Norman discuss her new book Stand Up Straight and Sing! The Grammy Award-winning international opera star will offer perspectives on her life, from growing up in the South to performing on the world’s greatest stages in conversation with Tom Hall, music director of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. The program is in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Drop-in Art Activities: Medieval Times
Date: Saturday, December 6, 2014–Sunday, December 28, 2014
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Location: Studio A
Travel back in time and experience the lives of knights and kings. Children will touch chain mail, design a protective shield, arrange colors and shapes to shine in the sun, and design a board game in the Walters’ studio.

The Christmas Story in Art Walk-In Tour
Date: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Meet in the Centre Street Lobby.
Examine religious art that celebrates the story of Christmas. The tour will feature Renaissance and Baroque paintings depicting the birth of Christ. No reservations are required.

STEM to STEAM: The Science of Art Part 4
Date: Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Time: 4:30–7 p.m.
Location: Centre Street Lobby
Price: Members and students, $15; Non-members, $20
Join Walters conservators, scientists and educators to learn about the connections between science and Italian Renaissance art.

Learning by Watching: Andean Textiles and the Fabric of Culture
Date: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Time: 6–7 p.m.
Location: Graham Auditorium
Price: Members, FREE; Non-members, $10
Explore the production of ancient American textiles, examine their significance and discuss their impact on the broader material culture of the ancient Americas. Anne Tiballi, the Andrew W. Mellon Curricular Facilitator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, will present Learning by Watching: Andean Textiles and the Fabric of Culture.

Folger Consort Performs A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 2–4 p.m.
Location: Sculpture Court
Hear The Folger Consort present A Renaissance Christmas: Music of Flanders and Italy circa 1500. The 90-minute concert is inspired by the Walters’ Madonna and Child with Angels, currently on view in the Italian Galleries.

From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story Walk-In Tour
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Meet in the Centre Street Lobby
Learn about the lives of  the William T. Walters and his son, Henry, and their tastes, diverse art collections, and legacy to the City of Baltimore. No reservations are required.

Sensory Morning
Date: Sunday, December 14, 2014
Time: 9–11 a.m.
Location: Family Art Center
Participate in a morning of accessible museum programming designed specifically for children with Sensory Processing Disorders and enjoy the collections of the Walters Art Museum during quiet, less stimulating hours. Visitors can access multiple hands-on stations that include tactile activities, visual supports, and interpretive materials.

Art Cubs Pre-Toddler Program: Lords & Ladies
Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Centre Street Entrance
Price: Members, FREE; Non-members $5
Sing and sway in the museum galleries during a 60-minute program that strengthen toddlers’ rhythm and movement.

Make Night: Rye Whiskey Tasting
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
Time: 6–7:30 p.m.
Location: Studio B
Price: Members, $45; Non-members, $50
Join Doug Atwell and Rye Craft Cocktails for a special holiday edition of Make Night. The tasting, which is related to the installation From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story, will explore the background of rye whiskey and its contribution to Maryland’s history and economy. Visitors must be 21 or over to register.

Walk, Wonder, and Create Family Tours: Nobles & Kings (Morning Session)
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
Location: Family Art Center
Wander through the medieval galleries in search of merchants, knights and fantastical creatures. The program is for children ages 6–8.

Walk, Wonder, and Create Family Tours: Nobles & Kings (Afternoon Session)
Date: Saturday, December 20, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Family Art Center
Imagine yourself as noble men and women living in the Middle Ages and wander through the medieval galleries. The program is for children ages 6–8.

Gallery Drawing Family Workshop: Seeing Pattern
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time: 10:30 AM–12 p.m.
Location: Family Art Center
Price: Members, $20; Non-members, $30
Strengthen observational drawing skills and build your portfolio while exploring works of art in the Walters’ collection. The program is recommended for ages 9–13.

The Christmas Story in Art Walk-In Tour
Date: Sunday, December 21, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Centre Street Lobby
Enjoy a tour examining religious art that celebrates the story of Christmas. The tour will feature Renaissance and Baroque paintings depicting the birth of Christ. No reservations are required.

Highlights of the Walters Walk-In Tour
Date: Sunday, December 28, 2014
Time: 1–2 p.m.
Location: Centre Street Lobby
Explore painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts from antiquity to the 19th century. No reservations are required.

About the Walters Museum

The Walters Art Museum is located in downtown Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon Cultural District at North Charles and Centre Streets. At the time of his death in 1931, museum founder Henry Walters left his entire collection of art – including a legendary collection of illuminated medieval manuscripts that is a national treasure – to the city of Baltimore. Its permanent collection includes ancient art, medieval art and manuscripts, decorative objects, Asian art and Old Master and 19th century paintings. The Museum Store, located next to the Museum’s Café, offers distinctive gifts, jewelry and books based on the Museum’s collections. Wyndham Baltimore Peabody Court is the official hotel of the Walters Art Museum.

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