The incredible collection is made up of over 35,000 objects, the majority of which were collected by two local businessmen, William and Henry Walters. Some of the highlights we discovered on our trip include suits of medieval armor and swords, sculptures, tapestries, and more.
The minnies also loved the mummies of an elderly woman and a young girl. The canoptic jars fascinate them and we spent quite a lot of time exploring the art of ancient Greece, Rome, and Egypt. They even spelled their names in a cartouche, a hieroglyphic nameplate.
Art is everywhere at the Walters Art Museum. From the gorgeous architecture of the building, to the medieval staircase, it's truly a unique building. These gorgeous jars caught my eye even though they were shelved above an exit.
This map is probably one of my favorite spots at the museum. Made up of incredibly small mosaic tiles, it occupies an entire wall!
We also visited the special exhibition with objects from Latin America. Natalia loved this llama effigy from Peru.
Art Carts throughout the museum offer more fun for families! The docents explain different items to children and allow them to "play" with certain objects like musical instruments. There are also costumes for children to model and books to read. The minnies signed out an art kit from the cart that included a sketch pad, colored pencils, erasers, and more. As we explored the museum, they took notes and sketched some of their favorite pieces.
Here's some of their handiwork!
The family guides helped us tour the museum. Each folder contains a map and cards with information about specific pieces. The guides are geared toward children and help them to make connections to their prior knowledge. We had some interesting conversations with the prompts and questions in the family guides.
If you're in Baltimore, be sure to visit this incredible gem in Charm City!
Walters Art Museum Hours
Wednesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free General Admission
Located in Mount Vernon, about a mile north of the Inner Harbor. There's plenty of parking in the museum lot beside the museum or on the street.