Walters Art Museum

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The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is one of the finest small privately-formed art collections open to the public in the United States. The Museum's collection was amassed substantially by two men, William Thompson Walters ( -1894), who began serious collecting when he moved to Paris at the outbreak of the Civil War and Henry Walters (1848-1931), who refined the collection, and rehoused it in a palazzo. The Walters Gallery opened to the public on Wednesdays in April and May, in 1875. The collection touches masterworks of ancient Egypt, Greek sculpture and Roman sarcophagi, medieval ivories, illuminated manuscripts, Renaissance bronzes; Old Master and 19th-century paintings; Chinese ceramics and bronzes; and even Art Deco jewelry.

In the fall of 2001, the Walters reopened its largest building after a dramatic three-year renovation. The renovation allows many objects to be on view for the first time, and presents the collection in a dramatic new light.

The Walters Art Museum is where the Archimedes Palimpsest may be seen.

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