Franz West

Holiday viewing at the Walters, BMA

Holiday viewing at the Walters, BMA

Art museums always come in handy during the holidays, when so many people are looking for enjoyable ways to while away the hours with friends and family — or to escape from friends and family.

This weekend, consider checking out the Baltimore Museum of Art and Walters Art Museum. Both esteemed venues have much to offer first-time and veteran visitors alike.

The big draw at the BMA this season is the newly restored Contemporary Wing, which provides more than...