The Walters Art Museum

Special and Social Events

Throughout the year, the Walters Art Museum hosts a variety of special and social events for visitors, members, and donors. From mingling in the galleries to dining and dancing under the Washington Monument, guests always have a memorable experience at the Walters.

Watch a Conservator at Work

Watch a Conservator at Work

Friday, January 29, 2016–Thursday, October 13, 2016
12:30 PM–04:00 PM

Take advantage of the opportunity to talk with our conservators during our viewing times. We hope you enjoy this "behind the scenes" look at conservation work in the museum. Watch a conservator at work in the galleries. Inquire at the Information Desk about times and locations.

Thursday Nights at the Walters

Thursday Nights at the Walters

Thursday, July 21, 2016–Monday, December 18, 2017
05:00 PM–09:00 PM

Open until 9 p.m. each Thursday, the Walters welcomes you to discover the collection, take in a gallery talk, make art, and spend time with friends.

The Second Annual Baltimore Taxidermy Open

The Second Annual Baltimore Taxidermy Open

Thursday, October 06, 2016
05:00 PM–09:00 PM

Back for a second year, this program highlights the examples of taxidermy that are found in the Museum’s collection as well as the vibrant practice of contemporary alternative taxidermists. The event includes a talk with Walters curator Joaneath Spicer, a taxidermy presentation by Divya Anantharaman, a book signing with Robert Marbury, and the 2nd Annual Baltimore Taxidermy Open competition with Bazaar Baltimore.

The Walters Gala 2016: A Feast for the Senses

The Walters Gala 2016: A Feast for the Senses

Saturday, October 15, 2016
06:00 PM–12:00 AM

Enjoy cocktails on the sculpture court, dinner in the galleries, and dancing into the night at this not-to-be-missed black-tie gala supporting the Walters.

The Walters Party 2016: A Medieval Revelry

The Walters Party 2016: A Medieval Revelry

Saturday, October 15, 2016
09:00 PM–12:00 AM

Don’t miss one of Baltimore’s most anticipated events, the Walters Party, Saturday, October 15. Limited tickets available! Enjoy festive cocktails and an open bar, a DJ and dancing, and delectable desserts on the Sculpture Court. This year’s Party, A Medieval Revelry, is inspired by stunning new exhibition A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe, which opens to the public on October 16. Hosted by the Walters Enthusiasts, a young members group that supports the museum.

Symposium on the Senses

Symposium on the Senses

Sunday, October 16, 2016
01:30 PM–03:30 PM

The special exhibition A Feast for the Senses highlights the differences in how we understand and even use our five senses today compared to the medieval era. Curators and professors will examine this concept through a series of short presentations. The program includes refreshments and a reception, and exhibition curator Martina Bagnoli will sign copies of catalogue following the talks.

Día de los Muertos Community Altar

Día de los Muertos Community Altar

Wednesday, October 19, 2016–Sunday, October 30, 2016
10:00 AM–05:00 PM

The museum’s community ofrenda, or altar, will be on display for the two weeks leading up to our Día de los Muertos celebration on October 30 from noon to 3 p.m.. Artist Edgar Reyes has created this year’s altar and is inviting all members of the public to bring items to place on the altar in honor of loved ones who have passed away.

A Medieval Life Family Festival

A Medieval Life Family Festival

Saturday, October 22, 2016
11:00 AM–04:00 PM

Visitors of all ages will be immersed in the medieval culture through hands-on art-making, cultural performances, storytelling, artist demonstrations, gallery scavenger hunts, and special appearances by our adored mascot, Waltee.

Día de los Muertos Community Celebration

Día de los Muertos Community Celebration

Sunday, October 30, 2016
12:00 PM–03:00 PM

Join us for our community celebration of Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. The museum will be observing this cultural and religious holiday with traditional folk dance performances by Bailes de Mi Tierra, art-making activities, and a community altar created by local artist Edgar Reyes.

Game Night at the Walters

Game Night at the Walters

Thursday, November 03, 2016
06:30 PM–09:00 PM

Many contemporary tabletop games have relationships or even origins in the medieval period. Jason Corace, Sam Sheffield, and the MICA Game Design department will explain this evolution in gaming using examples from the special exhibition A Feast for the Senses. Spend the evening trying your hand at dozens of games from the past and present.

Boshell Lecture: How To Win An Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

Boshell Lecture: How To Win An Election: An Ancient Guide for Modern Politicians

Sunday, November 06, 2016
02:00 PM–03:30 PM

When Quintus Cicero began writing advice on running a political campaign in 64 B.C. he probably didn’t realize his words would still be so valuable today. Just in time for election day, author and professor Philip Freeman will discuss the tactics of both ancient Roman and modern American politicians. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing.

Monument Lighting Celebration

Monument Lighting Celebration

Thursday, December 01, 2016
05:00 PM–07:30 PM

Celebrate the holiday season and the annual lighting of the Washington Monument during this free, family-friendly event. Enjoy seasonal performances, music, refreshments, and winter-inspired art activities. Later, watch as the Washington Monument is set aglow, followed by a spectacular fireworks display and laser show.

Sillage

Sillage

Sunday, December 04, 2016
10:00 AM–05:00 PM

Have you ever thought about how to describe the smell of your neighborhood? Sillage is a collaborative art project between Charm City residents and artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter that asks you to do just that. Visit the Museum on December 4 with friends and family, and you can experience your neighborhood scent! Throughout the day a collective scent of Baltimore will fill the museum.

A la Table with Monet and Manet: A French Wine Tasting Dinner

A la Table with Monet and Manet: A French Wine Tasting Dinner

Saturday, January 21, 2017
07:00 PM–10:00 PM

Celebrate French food, wine, and art through dinner in the 19th century gallery in this winter iteration of Artful Dining. Presented in partnership with Jerry Pellegrino, Chef/ Co-Owner of Schola.