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Walker Art Center

Map & Directions 1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403


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Opened in 1927 as the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest, the Walker Art Center has since become one of the top contemporary art museums in the nation. Holding court in the Lowry Hill neighborhood, it’s impossible to drive by without catching a glimpse of the Spoonbridge and Cherry in the Sculpture Garden -- one of the most iconic landmarks in all of Minnesota. The museum runs several exhibitions at a time, with dozens featured every year, in addition to the lectures, classes and workshops, tours, and screenings at the Walker Cinema that are also frequently featured. Not to be confined by its own walls, however, the Walker hosts many events outside of the venue itself, like the annual Rock the Garden music fest on the museum lawn or the summer movie series held across the street in Loring Park. Even the Sculpture Garden hosts its own selection of events and activities, such as an artist-designed mini golf course that was introduced in 2013. Once you’ve gotten your fix of the latest collections, head upstairs to Gather by D’Amico for lunch. The first Saturday of each month is free, often featuring a rotating schedule of special events and activities, and space rental for private parties or other events is also available. Whether you are into paintings, digital work, film, dance, or art of the extremely conceptual variety, the Walker has it all.

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  • RedOne
    RedOne wrote a review for Walker Art Center
    on 11/24/13

    Easiely in the top five of places to go in Minneapolis, and there are many places I heart. The Center has a sculpture garden that includes the bridge over Hwy 94. The perfect place for a picnic or relaxation. The museum is delightful in its vast array of modern art pieces, be sure the check out the Rothko!
    There is an eatery on site as well as an eclectic shop.

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  • Paulino B. on 01/02/10

    Don't miss the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Free on Thursdays and first Saturday of the month.

  • Chris M. on 03/13/09

    Go to Walker Art Center on a Thursday night for free events.

  • Metromix on 05/17/11

    Home to 1 of our picks 4 best bathrooms in the Twin Cities! The Walker wanted 2 extend its Euro-vide 2 its toilets. Hello, enclosed stalls!

  • Justin H. on 07/07/09

    Make sure you check out James Turrell's Sky Pesher at dawn or dusk. It's behind the building.

  • AIA National on 03/11/11

    Architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron designed an addition to the center. The original building was designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, who received AIA National's Gold Medal in 2007.

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