Did you know that William T. Walters bought most of his art with money he made from a whiskey business? Or that William’s wife, Sadie, became the toast of high society by introducing the waffle iron? Visit the Walters Art Museum and try out the new Mobile Guide to discover the stories behind the collection. Through photographs, letters and historic material from the museum’s archives, get to know members of the Walters family—father William, wife Ellen, son Henry and their daughter Jennie. Read stories created around the themes of family, food, travel and collecting, while looking at important works of art in the galleries. The stories are modern-day reinterpretations, based on the lives of the Walters family, drawn from the museum’s archival records. Over time, the Mobile Guide will grow as new objects and stories are added.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Bring your own device and use the Wi-Fi to go to mobile.thewalters.org.
- Look for red labels near select works of art in the galleries.
- Enter the keywords you find to discover stories about the Walters family.
- Collect all the keywords and discover more about the collection!
The Mobile Guide is generously supported by PNC Bank.
The project is a collaborative effort of a team of Walters’ educators, curators, conservators, marketing and communications staff and the web development firm Friends of The Web, a software development company based in Baltimore.