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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.A visit to Walker Art Center represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Minneapolis trip maker to plot your vacation.
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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Slightly confusing when you walk in from the underground car park. We worked out the easiest way was to get the elevator to the top floor then walk down through the galleries, going outside on the...
Slightly confusing when you walk in from the underground car park. We worked out the easiest way was to get the elevator to the top floor then walk down through the galleries, going outside on the... more »
The Walker is a great museum of modern and contemporary art. They have a very good collection and great exhibits too. Lovely bright building makes for a very pleasant stay.
The Walker is a great museum of modern and contemporary art. They have a very good collection and great exhibits too. Lovely bright building makes for a very pleasant stay. more »
We visited the Walker to view their David Hockney exhibit and it was amazing! Hockney works in multiple mediums including lithograph prints, painting, fax machines in the 1980s and iPads most recently. We don’t go here to see video installations, and there is a lot of them about! I find them to be self-indulgent, boring, preachy, and unappealing. The sculpture garden is worth-while, art-wise! Dying this cold spring, it’s actually a plus that the trees haven’t bloomed yet, cuz you can see the artwork unobstructed by foliage. :-)
stellar curatorial team here. internationally renowned. minneapolis is truly lucky to have the walker as an option to view and immerse yourself in the arts. as members we try to visit at least a couple times a quarter. exhibits cycle out at a speed that gives you the opportunity to return and see things again, but not for too long where a return visit isn’t warranted.
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