Lunar New Year


January 13, 2020

WHAT: Cultures throughout Asia celebrate the start of the lunar calendar with fanfare and festivity. Join the Walters Art Museum on Sunday, January 26 as we honor those traditions and celebrate the Year of the Rat during our 11th-annual Lunar New Year Celebration, one of the region’s largest Lunar New Year events. This event is free and open to the public.

Visitors will enjoy art making, a zodiac scavenger hunt through the Arts of Asia collection, and exciting performances by the Baltimore Chinese School and the Johns Hopkins University Yong Han Lion Dance Troupe on the Sculpture Court. Then, join other guests in making paper flowers to contribute to a giant floral rat sculpture and take a picture with friends in our photo booth.

Nearly 3,000 community members participated in last year’s Lunar New Year Celebration at the Walters. As a cultural and educational anchor institution in the Mount Vernon Cultural District, blocks away from the city’s Chinatown, the Walters continually seeks to represent its surrounding community in its collections, gallery displays, and programming.

Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Sunday, January 26, 2020
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

COST: Free

Coverage Opportunities: Members of the media are encouraged to cover the event as it unfolds.

Image: Photo by Jill Fannon

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.

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.