The Walters Art Museum - priceless art for free
Get lost in the beautiful paintings by Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Jean-Leon Gerome or the intricate beauty of the jeweled imperial Faberge Easter eggs made for Tsars Alexander III and Nicholas II of Russia. Of the 50 eggs made for Alexander III and Nicholas the II only 42 have survived. See two of them at the Walters.
A trip to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is an excellent way to entertain your family, visitors or yourself, for an afternoon or the entire summer. The museum has free lectures, free audio tours and of course admission is free. The place is huge with a variety of exhibits and styles from all cultures and across thousands of years.
One of the most intriguing rooms in the museum was the Chamber of Wonders that depicted natural wonders like huge beetles, wild animal bones, a giant alligator hanging over the doorway and paintings everywhere. The room is based upon the collector's cabinet, a special room of Albert and Isabella, rulers of the Netherlands, who had a room full of rare and wonderful objects. In the room is a painting of Albert and Isabella, and others in their collector's cabinet. The layout of the rooms in the 17th century painting resemble the room in the museum.
There are a number of current exhibits that run through the 13th of June. Check out the rest of the story and some of the interesting history at the examiner story.