Virtual Tours

Adult and College Virtual Tours are an immersive way to experience the Walters Art Museum and to engage with our collection, exhibitions, and installations from the comfort of your home, classroom, or wherever you may be.

Registration is required. Virtual tours are 60 minutes long and are offered at 11:30AM on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Tours take place on the museum’s Zoom account and are led by trained docent educators. We ask that your group have a minimum of 5 and maximum of 30 participants per tour.

Interested in touring on an evening or weekend? Please contact [email protected] with your request.

Discover our Virtual Tour Themes

Translations and Transitions: A Celebration of Mexican and Central American Independence
Virtually explore the exhibit commemorating the 200th anniversary of Mexican and Central American independence from Spain. Through the lens of cultural exchange between Indigenous and European peoples, learn more about the vibrant and sophisticated Indigenous societies that flourished over thousands of years in what is today Mexico and Central America.

The Art of Looking
How do we look at a work of art? Practice your skill at close looking to gain a deeper understanding of works from the Walter’s collection. What will you notice? And, what does it mean?

Chinese Porcelain
For a millennium, Chinese artists have achieved great heights in the making of ceramics, inventing new techniques and decorations. Explore the finest examples of Ming and Qing porcelains in the Walters collection, and the historical, cultural, and religious influences on design and manufacturing.

Highlights of the Walters Collection
In 1931, Henry Walters bequeathed to the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, “for the benefit of the public,” the collections built by him and his father. Discover highlights from this collection and more recent acquisitions to the Walters Art Museum.

Fantastical Creatures
From books, to films, to art, our culture is full of fantastical creatures. Participants will consider how contemporary fantastical creatures connect with objects from the Walters’ ancient collections from China, the Americas, the Mediterranean and Egypt.

Gems & Jewelry
Learn about highlights of the Walters collection of jewelry spanning from ancient Mesopotamia to Tsarist Russia, including the origins behind a selection of exquisite, bejeweled objects and hidden meanings.

Highlights of the Japanese Collection
From ceramics, to tapestries, to armor, the Japanese collection of the Walters Art Museum is a wealth of beauty and history. Explore highlights from this vast collection of over 4,000 objects, around the themes of plants, people and events, animals, and religion.

Home, Health, and Heart
Art is an expression of the human experience. Over time, many artists have depicted the experience of poor health, poverty, and lack of housing. These works teach us about the lives of those often removed from history, but also expose the biases of the artists and their cultural milieu. Take a closer look at art and objects from the Walters Art Museum in this genre, and then discuss how artists and the culture of their time shaped those portrayals.

Principles of Composition
When we look at a painting, we might be impressed with the technique that it displays, how it reflects reality, or the emotion that it projects. In order to influence the way we experience a painting, a good artist will have made use of the principles of composition. Discover some of the most common principles that artists use in the European tradition.

Teachers & Students
The notion of the great artist with a singular vision, working alone and inspired only by his own creativity, is a modern one. The reality was often different, and artists studied and worked in groups or schools with experts and teachers. Examine how instruction was given and received in Europe through several ages.

Symbolism in Renaissance & Baroque Art
Symbols are a form of communication that we encounter in our lives each day. Tour participants will explore how European artists in the Renaissance and Baroque periods used religious, allegorical, moral, and mythical symbols. Consider the symbolism in paintings, sculptures, and other art objects to understand and interpret deeper meaning.

Tours are FREE. Please consider supporting the mission of the Walters to connect the community with art, with a suggested donation of $7 per participant.

Please cancel your registration at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour by emailing [email protected].

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