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Kick Off the New Year at a King Family Festival and Rye Tasting

Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., tour the collection, make a personal manuscript, sip Baltimore rye at the Walters in January.

Drop-in Art Activities: Exploration
Date: Saturdays and Sundays, January 3-25
Time:  10-3 p.m.
Explore different parts of the world by creating art inspired by the Walters’ collection and special exhibitions, each weekend in January.  

Art Kids Preschool Program Round Trip
Date:   January 3, 6, 7, 10
Time: 10:30-12 p.m.
Introduce children ages 3-5 years old to art through a story, tour and activity during a 90-minute workshop.

Lords, Ladies & Mummies: The Story of Highclere Castle, the Real Downton Abbey
Date: Saturday, January 3
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Hear architectural historian Curt DiCamillo discuss Highclere Castle, the setting for the PBS television series Downtown Abbey.

Walk –In Tour: Highlights of the Walters
Date:  Sunday, January 4
Time:  1-2 p.m.
Experience the Walters during a weekly walk-in tour and learn about paintings, sculptures and the decorative arts from antiquity to the 19th century.

Maryland Art Education Association Student Art Show
Date:  Monday, January 5–Monday, January 26
Time: 10-5 pm
Celebrate student art during a month-long student art exhibition inspired by the Walters’ collection.

Walk-In Tour: The Chamber of Arts and Wonders
Date: Sunday, January 11
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Learn about 17th century art during a guided tour through the Chambers of Art and Wonders Gallery.

Art Babies Program: Set Sail
Date: Tuesday, January 13
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Participate in an age appropriate 60-minute play session for children from birth to 12 months of age. Pre-registration is required.

Make Night: Manuscript Illumination
Date: Thursday, January 15
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
Discover the technique of hand painting books using paint and gold leaf. The event is inspired by the current manuscript exhibition, From Pen to Press: Experimentation and Innovation in the Age of Print.

Free MLK Jr. Family Festival
Date: Saturday, January 17
Time: 10-4 p.m.
Celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through art activities, theatrical and musical performances.

Walk, Wonder, and Create Family Tours: Take Flight
Date: Sunday, January 18
Time: 11-12 p.m. & 1-2 p.m.
Introduce toddlers to art through a 60-minute interactive tour and art activity. Pre-registration is required.

Walk-In Tour: From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story
Date: Sunday, January 18
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Learn about the legacy of the museum’s founders, William and Henry Walters.

Art Cubs-Pre Toddler Program: Set Sail
Date: Tuesday, January 20
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Sing and sway in museum galleries during a 60-minute program that strengthens rhythm and movement. Pre-registration is required. 

Arts Tots Program: From A to B
Date: Tuesday, January 20 and 27
Time: 10-11 a.m.
Introduce toddlers to art during a 60-minute workshop led by specially trained museum educators. Activities include age appropriate short stories, gallery play activities and an art activity.

Peabody Strings Orchestra
Date: Saturday, January 24
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Hear the sounds of the Performance Academy for Strings during an hour-long concert of classical music.

Walk-In Tour: Art of the Ancient World
Date:  Sunday, January 25
Time: 1-2 p.m.
Enjoy a one hour guided tour that highlights artwork related to Egypt, the Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome.

Howard County Public Schools Student Art Show
Date: Tuesday, January 27- Monday, February 23
Time: 10-5 p.m.
Celebrate student art with the Walters and Howard County Public Schools.

Rye Rocks at the Walters: A Drinks Party
Date: Saturday, January 31
Time: 7-10 p.m.
Sip rye, enjoy jazz music and learn about the history of rye and the distilleries in Baltimore with the Women’s Committee of the Walters. Guests will receive a complimentary tasting glass for three rye tastings. Hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine options will be available. The event is related to the installation From Rye to Raphael: The Walters Story.


Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursdays 10–9 p.m. Admission to the Walters’ collection is free.

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 Café Q, 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.