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Although not as famous as the Baltimore Museum of Art, this free Mount Vernon museum covers art across a 5,000-year time span. Since it opened in 1909, the museum has expanded into a total of three distinctive buildings. Featuring Renaissance paintings, Asian art, Byzantine and Ethiopian art, and an extensive Egyptian collection, among other works, the exhibitions offer a diverse selection of art styles. The Walters is also known for its medieval galleries, which include artifacts like suits of armor from the Middle Ages. The Walters Art Museum also offers a variety of family-focused programs, as well as free drop-in art activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends, which allows little ones to participate in arts and crafts projects. Recent visitors praise the museum's comprehensive collection and stunning interior design. "The range of the collection is utterly amazing — pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th century Europe to Greek and Roman treasures to Old Masters paintings," raves one TripAdvisor reviewer.
Free tours are offered on Sundays for those who want a more in-depth look at the galleries. While the museum itself is free to the public, keep in mind special events and lectures require a $10 admission fee for non-members. For further details on current exhibitions, consult The Walters Art Museum's official website. The museum welcomes visitors Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; on Thursdays, visiting hours are extended to 9 p.m.
The easiest way to reach the museum if you're using public transportation, is taking the purple route from the Inner Harbor to stop No. 307 on the Charm City Circulator, a free bus that offers frequent shuttle service around popular Baltimore locations. You can also take Nos. 23, 11, 31, 61 or 64 MTA bus lines or the Light Rail to the Centre Street stop, which is situated within walking distance of the museum's main entrance near the intersection of Cathedral and Centre streets. The museum also has an on-site parking lot and limited street parking surrounding the property is available as well.
Note: The museum is currently undergoing a $5.5 million renovation; maintenance work is expected to be complete in 2016; however — all of its galleries with the exception of the Hackerman House — will remain open while repairs take place.
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