United States

1750 Hennepin Ave

MN 55403
Phone: 612.375.7600
Fax: 612.253.3589
Website: http://www.walkerart.org/

Walker Art Centre

One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center is known for commissioning and presenting innovative contemporary art; fostering the cross-pollination of the visual, performing, and media arts; and engaging diverse audiences in the excitement of the creative process. The museum has evolved from a small-scale, primarily regional institution into a major local, national, and international artistic resource. Founded in 1879 by lumberman Thomas Barlow Walker, the Walker was established at its current location in 1927. Edward Larrabee Barnes’ award-winning building opened in 1981 and was expanded in 1984. A 17-acre urban campus, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects Herzog & de Meuron, opened in April 2005.

The design for the new Walker engages the surrounding neighborhood with a new four-acre park (to be completed in the project’s second phase) as well as vistas onto the downtown Minneapolis skyline. The expanded facility, double in size, features new galleries; education areas; a new 385-seat theater; street-level and roof-top terraces; plazas, gardens, and lounges; and increased services and amenities for visitors. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a project of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, is adjacent to the museum. More than 6 million people have toured the 11-acre site, which is filled with some 40 imaginative works of contemporary art.

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Permanent Collection

The Walker Art Center's collection has increased dramatically since its current building opened in 1971, and has grown 40 percent (to more than 9,600 objects) in the last decade alone. The expanded Walker will increase total exhibition space from 30,000 to 40,000 square feet, creating 11 exhibition galleries and doubling the space allocated to the collection.

With the opening of the expanded Walker, the entire building will showcase the permanent collection. Featured will be a series of exhibitions rather than a single linear, chronological presentation. These installations will provide a thorough examination of the Walker's holdings as well as highlight those artists and artistic movements that have been the focus of the Walker's collecting practice.

Curators: Deputy Director and Chief Curator Richard Flood; Senior Curator Philippe Vergne; Curator for the Permanent Collection Joan Rothfuss; Curators Siri Engberg and Douglas Fogle; and Assistant Curator for the Permanent Collection Elizabeth Carpenter.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden:

Since its opening in 1988, the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden has become one of the Twin Cities’ most popular and acclaimed attractions. One of the largest urban sculpture parks in the United States, it features four 100-fort-square plazas containing works by leading American and international artists; the Cowles Conservatory, which houses seasonal plantings and a glass-and-wood sculpture, Standing Glass Fish, by California architect Frank Gehry; the 29-foot-high fountain-sculpture Spoonbridge and Cherry, designed for the Garden by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen; the Irene Hixon Whitney Bridge, a 375-foot-long footbridg...+ [ Read all ]



The new Walker features 11 exhibition galleries for displaying special exhibitions and a renowned permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, videos, prints, drawings, photographs, artists’ books, and installation works. On view is work by artists the Walker has collected in depth; artist-designed installations; an exhibition unfolding a history of modernism and its alternatives; and a showcase of minimalist works. A commissioned Skyspace work by James Turrell, located in the new four-acre park, was unveiled in spring 2005.

Performing Arts:

The Walker’s Performing Arts program, one of the largest and most dynamic in the country, is committed to nurturing and celebrating the most important artistic visions in contemporary dance, music, theater, and performance art through presentations, residencies, and commissions. With nearly 100 commissions in the past decade alone, the breadth, scope, and influence of the Walker’s performing arts programming is comparable with few other organization in the country. The Walker provides artists with extensive resources and support, creates bold educational contexts for audiences to discover and enjoy new works, and, for more than 30 years, has provided the national and local performing arts communities a gauge of important new developments in performance. The Walker has presented performing arts on a regular basis since the 1940s, formally establishing the department in 1970.

In 2004 the Walker received a $10 million gift from William W. and Nadine M. McGuire, one of the largest ever committed to the commissioning, development, and presentation of new works in the performing arts. The gift encompasses thr...+ [ Read all ]


Gallery Admission:

$8 adults; $6 seniors (65+); $5 student/teen (with ID)

Free to Walker members and children under 12.
Free with a ticket to a same-day Walker event; $4 (half-price adult admission) with a ticket stub valid up to seven days after event date.
Free to all every Thursday evening (5–9 pm) for Target Free Thursday Nights and the first Saturday of each month for Free First Saturday.

Event Tickets:

Tickets to all Walker events may be purchased in advance (subject to availability). A $3 processing fee is added to phone, mail, and online orders. Tickets online: walkerart.org/tickets/.

Group Rates:

Discounted tickets to Walker Art Center events are available for groups of 10 or more. We offer events perfect for office outings, business entertainment, families, and school field trips. Tickets also include free gallery admission on the day of the event.

For more information on group rates, please contact the Group Sales Specialist at 612.375.7569 or groups@walkerart.org.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden:

Admission free. Open daily, 6 am-midnight.
Cowles Conservatory: Admission free. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-8 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; closed Monday.

Opening hours


Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
Thursday and Friday, 11 am–9 pm
Closed Monday

Box Office :

Tuesday–Wednesday, 11 am–5 pm
Thursday–Saturday, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, 11 am–5 pm
Closed Monday
contact 612.375.7600 or walkerart.org/tickets/

Walker Shop :

Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–9 pm
Sunday, 11 am–6 pm
Closed Monday
contact 612.375.7633 or shop.walkerart.org

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden:

Admission free. Open daily, 6 am-12 midnight.
Cowles Conservatory: Admission free. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 am-8 pm; Sunday, 10 am-5 pm; closed Monday.

Getting there


Walker Art Center, 1750 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403


The Walker is located in Minneapolis at 1750 Hennepin Avenue, where Lyndale and Hennepin avenues merge.

If heading east on I-94, take 231A and go south on Hennepin/Lyndale. If heading west on I-94, take Exit 231B and go north on Lyndale/Hennepin. If heading east on I-394, take Exit 8A and go south on Lyndale/Hennepin.


The Walker is served by Metro Transit bus lines 4, 6, 12, and 25 and is accessible from downtown Minneapolis via the River City Trolley Service.



Gallery Group Tours:

Available for visitors with physical or developmental disabilities and for people with visual or hearing impairment. Call 612.375.7609 at least four weeks in advance.

Hearing Augmentation Devices:

Available for events in the Cinema, Lecture Room, and the William and Nadine McGuire Theater. Headsets can be borrowed from the lobby desks free of charge.

Signed Interpretation:

Available for any Walker event. Call the box office to request a signer at least two weeks in advance.

Wheelchair Seating/Other Accommodations:

Call the box office in advance.

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis is the exclusive hotel sponsor of the Walker:

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
1313 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403-2697
Telephone: 1.612.332.6000
Reservation line: 1.866.866.8086

Nestled in downtown Minneapolis on the tree-lined sidewalks of Nicollet Mall, Millennium Hotel Minneapolis offers convenient access to commercial districts, dining, vibrant nightlife and cultural activities. The Walker Art Center is within walking distance of the Millennium Hotel. Excellent shopping and dining are also within blocks of the hotel.

Mention that you are a Walker Art Center member when reserving a room at the Millennium Hotel Minneapolis—for yourself, your friends, or your family— and save on your stay.

Seasonal discounted rates:
November 1, 2006 – April 30, 2007: $102.00 per night
May 1, 2007 – October 31, 2007: $122.00 per night
* Tax is not included in these discounted rates.

For hotel information and online booking: www.millenniumhotels.com/minneapolis
For online booking, enter promotional code: WALK
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Educational Programs:

Each year, thousands of people of all ages participate in classes, lectures, tours, and workshops designed to bring them closer to the art and artists of our time. On the first Saturday of each month, the Walker presents a fun-filled day of free films, performances, and art activities for younger visitors and families, while Target Free Thursday Nights offer a weekly destination for adults seeking a relaxed environment in which to experience the richness of the Walker’s multidisciplinary programming. A model Teen Programs department provides opportunities and resources for this age group to safely ask complex questions, voice their own ideas and opinions, and explore their critical and creative potential. Workshops with artists and free memberships for low-income visitors establish ongoing partnerships with the Twin Cities community.


Join the Walker or renew your membership today!

Purchase a membership online
call 612.375.7655 and charge your membership to VISA, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover

Stop by the Walker box office or Walker Shop and become a member.

Member Premiums for March 2007:

Choose one of the following premiums when you join as a new member, while supplies last:

Walker Identity Pattern Metal Notebook

Copy of the book Art Spaces: Walker Art Center

One B.T. McElrath’s exclusive Walker Salty Dog Chocolate Bar (It is delicious!)

Two Gallery Admission Passes to use for additional guests or to give as a gift

Renew your Walker Art Center Membership today and receive a voucher for additional discounts in Gallery 8 Cafe



The Walker Art Center is unique because of its multidisciplinary programming. The Walker presents a wide array of visual art exhibitions; dance, music, and theater performances; and film screenings and dialogues with filmmakers, as well as educational activities such as lectures and hands-on art-making classes for children, teens, and adults.

Newsweek magazine called the Walker Art Center “possibly America’s best contemporary-art museum,

Venue hire

Extraordinary events. Unforgettable experiences.

The Walker Art Center's indoor and outdoor facilities offer unique settings for artful dinners, refined receptions, unforgettable weddings, and state-of-the-art meetings and events. The iconic new building, designed by the prize-winning Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron, features flexible spaces for nearly any size gathering. Its shimmering facade and spectacular skyline views, as well as convenient underground parking, seamlessly integrate form and function.

The Walker's art-filled site is perfectly complemented by its exclusive caterer--internationally acclaimed chef Wolfgang Puck. Known as a consummate host, Puck and his personable staff serve up a blend of innovative cuisine and impeccable service to make your gathering a masterpiece. And with nearly limitless menu options, your meal will be as unique as the occasion. From start to finish, your event will be thoughtfully planned and exquisitely executed. Expect nothing less than perfection.