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Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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The Walker Art Center is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. The Walker is one of the most-visited modern and contemporary art museums in the United States and, together with the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the Cowles Conservatory, it has an annual attendance of around 700,000 visitors. The museum's permanent collection includes over 13,000 modern and contemporary art pieces including books, costumes, drawings, media works, paintings, photography, prints, and sculpture.
The Walker Art Center began 1879 as an art gallery in the home of lumber baron Thomas Barlow Walker. Walker formally established his collection as the Walker Art Gallery in 1927. With the support of the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, the Walker Art Gallery became the Walker Art Center in January 1940. The Walker celebrated its 75th anniversary as a public art center in 2015.
The Walker's new building, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes and opened in May 1971, saw a major expansion in 2005. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron's addition included an additional gallery space, a theater, restaurant, shop, and special events space.
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  • Interesting collection of modern art. Outdoor sculpture garden is great and contains the iconic Spoon and Cherry sculpture. We come every December to watch The Arrow Awards honoring the best of... 
    Interesting collection of modern art. Outdoor sculpture garden is great and contains the iconic Spoon and Cherry sculpture. We come every December to watch The Arrow Awards honoring the best of...  more »
  • Our visit luckily coincided with a wonderful David Hockney exhibition which included items such as his ‘fax art’ which is never seen before. His iPad paintings are stunning. The gallery is well lit... 
    Our visit luckily coincided with a wonderful David Hockney exhibition which included items such as his ‘fax art’ which is never seen before. His iPad paintings are stunning. The gallery is well lit...  more »
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  • Great social distancing precautions taken here.
  • A nice, quiet place to wander around. The inside is fun to explore. It's almost set up like a maze so you just get lost in the experience. The sculpture garden outside is always great to walk around when the weather is nice as well.

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