Glass shatters at Walters Art Museum closing ticket office

Egyptian parchment exhibit free Friday afternoon because of mishap

  • A banner fell at the Walters museum Friday, shattering a window.
A banner fell at the Walters museum Friday, shattering a window. (Christopher T. Assaf )
December 06, 2013|By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

A museum banner above the Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon fell Friday afternoon, shattering a giant window, drawing emergency crews and closing the museum's ticket office for the day.

The sign is located on the Centre Street side of the museum, said Mona M. Rock, museum spokeswoman. No one was hurt and only one pane was shattered — though it was a large one, she said.

"We're just grateful no one was injured and we'll be fine," she said.

Because the ticket office is closed, Rock said, the exhibit "The Book of the Faiyum," will be free to patrons on Friday.

The book is an ancient papyrus book depicting Egypt's Faiyum oasis, a center of prosperity and ritual during the Greco-Roman period, according to the museum's website. The manuscript is displayed alongside Egyptian statues, jewelry and ritual objects in the exhibit.

Located at N Charles and Centre streets, the Walters Art Museum takes up about an entire city block and holds a permanent collection of historic art, manuscripts and decorative objects. General admission to the museum is free except in the case of special exhibitions.

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