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–Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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.

Watch a Conservator at Work: Southeast Asian Art

Watch a Conservator at Work: Southeast Asian Art

Wednesday, May 25, 2016–Thursday, September 01, 2016
01:30 PM–04:00 PM

The Walters recently received a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to perform the cleaning and treatment of several objects from the Doris Duke Collection of Southeast Asian Art. This collection, comprised of a variety of beautiful and unique pieces, has been in storage for some time, and many pieces require treatment. Visitors can interact with conservators as they work on this collection in the Special Exhibition Gallery.

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.

Better Than the Original: A Conversation about Reuse in Art and Culture

Better Than the Original: A Conversation about Reuse in Art and Culture

Thursday, September 08, 2016
07:00 PM–08:30 PM

Join curator Lynley Herbert, fashion writer and stylist Zoey Washington, and furniture designer Will Holman for a conversation about the resourcefulness of artists and craftspeople, past and present.

Make Night: Wooden Hula Hoops

Make Night: Wooden Hula Hoops

Thursday, September 15, 2016
06:30 PM–08:30 PM

Hula hoops are fun and functional and a great excuse to feel like a kid again! Build, sand, and paint your own hula hoop using wood from deconstructed Baltimore homes with the Station North Tool Library and Surface Project and learn firsthand how materials can be reused in creative ways.

Sacred and Stolen with Gary Vikan

Sacred and Stolen with Gary Vikan

Thursday, September 22, 2016
06:30 PM–08:00 PM

In a story that spans Nazi plunder, neuroaesthetics, Elvis, and forged art, former Walters’ Director Gary Vikan will describe the challenges of running an art museum as he reads from his memoir Sacred and Stolen: Confessions of a Museum Director.  The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. 

Fall for Art

Fall for Art

Sunday, September 25, 2016
04:00 PM–08:00 PM

A new event in the Artful Dining series sponsored by the Women’s Committee of the Walters Art Museum. Support established and emerging artists, and enjoy picnic fare with local craft beer and wine in a beautiful, rustic, country setting. Food will be provided by 8 Ball Meatball and libations are courtesy of Union Craft Brewing. 

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.

Community Celebration: Día de los Muertos

Community Celebration: Día de los Muertos

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

Celebrate Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, through traditional performances and art-making activities. Contribute to our community altar created in collaboration with 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.