The Walker Arts Center is one of the most prestigious contemporary art museums in the United States. It has a long histroy stretching back to 1879 and was opened to the public in 1927. Today it has a large permanent exhibition along with other exhibits that regularly change trhough the course of the year. Live performances, films, lectures and educational programs are all on offer too.
Things to Do
- Admission is free on the first Saturday of every month as part of the Center's "Free First Saturday" series. In fact this is a great time to bring the whole family as the Center often provides family events on these days from 10 am until 3 pm.
- Activities like hands-on art making, gallery adventures as well as live performances and films can all be enjoyed. The theme and the set of activities changes every month to keep things fresh
- The Center provides many programs aimed directly at teenagers. The aim of these programs is to give teenagers the opportunity to explore and interact with contemporary art, to develop their creative faculties while also allowing their creativity to grow and hopefully flourish. They do this by putting the majority of power in the hands of teens themselves and other young artists who make up WACTAC, the center's Teen Arts Council which meets after school hours to develop programs, trips, exhibitions etc. that will appeal to people of their own age.
Walker Art Center Insider Tips
- Admission is free every Thursday night from 5 to 9 pm.
- Teens get in for free to the Walker Galleries when the museum is open.
- The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is right beside the Walker Arts Center and can be enjoyed for free. It is a lovely open air green space where you can enjoy some fine sculptures from the Center's collection including the Garden's most famous work, the Spoonbridge and Cherry.