I have a question for any of you wanderers of the web who may happen by my little space — do you like museums? I realize that the automatic answer is usually a “yes” but with fingers crossed — we think we ought to like museums, just as we think we ought to like classical music, paintings and serious books. Meanwhile, of course, we all spend far more time with movies, pop music and those wonderful paperbacks that promise a rollicking good time, especially when consumed with a nice glass of something white & dry, or a morsel or two of something dark and gooey! The point I’m trying to make is that, while I (and perhaps some of you) may appreciate museums, along with other indicia of high culture, my enjoyment is a bit constrained and artificial; two hours max and I’m out of there! Well, if you, too, share this limitation (and even if you don’t), I’d really recommend a visit to the Walters. It’s a museum and it’s FUN! Don’t be fooled by that forbidding exterior — there are wonders within. Paintings! Mummies! Sculpture! Stuffed alligators! Shells! Bugs (stuffed ones)! Jewelry! Chinese vases! More stuffed things! And — the staff is really, really nice and — admission is free. It is, in short, a Baltimore treasure and not to be missed (especially the Chamber of Wonders). I won’t bore you with blathering about the collection — that’s what websites are for — but here’s a brief sample of what’s on view:
My one criticism of the Walters is its lack of a cafe (there is a very nice snack bar, when art becomes too much, but sometimes you just want more). But — Little Italy is reasonably close! And there’s nothing like ending a day of culture with a nice plate of pasta ……………………..