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Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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One of the most celebrated art museums in the country, the Walker Art Center is known for its innovative presentations and acclaimed collections of contemporary art across the spectrum of the visual, performing, and media arts. Walker programs examine the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities. Located in the WeDo MPLS Cultural District, its campus includes the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
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  • We went to the Walker over the weekend and they had one exhibit out of seven open..., there was no mention of this prior to purchasing our admission. The one exhibit, paired with a couple small galler...  more »
  • During a weekend is it to Minneapolis, we decided to spend a Saturday afternoon here. Glad they were not charging admission this day. Although there were lots of people, we expect most were there to a...  more »
  • The building is beautiful and offers a great picturesque view of the Minneapolis skyline - great for pictures. Also it is by a great green space and the Sculpture Garden which deserves a walk through....  more »
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  • I love the sculpture garden here, it's beautiful. It's free to walk through and is a good activity if you have some extra time. The museum portion is also nice. There are a few things that fit the typical "bad modern art" but for the most part it is very nice and well worth your time. For parking, try to find street parking in the area and simply take a short walk to the museum or sculpture garden. You'll save a few dollars!
  • I've seen some pretty cool exhibits here! The store is overpriced in my opinion. I do love the sculpture garden. I haven't checked it out since it's been remodeled but of course it still has the classic cherry spoon! Great place to picnic or take photography. It's in a great area to hang out or tour. Lots of nearby restaurants and shops.
  • Beautiful Modern art museum with rotating galleries. There's also an outstanding outdoor sculpture garden which has a few environmentally conscious features. The iconic spoon cherry sculpture over a pool of water collects rain water to be used for watering the native Minnesota prairie plants.
  • The building is beautiful, however with the changes of staff over the last few years, the exhibits seem to lack the talent I had grown to expect from the Walker. It seems that the museum is more focused on drawing a very different crowd. For instance the current exhibit is mostly video of performance art of very slow movement. While cool, one galley instead of six could have been devoted to it. The renovations of the sculpture garden are ok, but the lack of trees now has drastically reduced my family's enjoyment of it. I'm sad to see it go this way.
  • Loved the (free) sculpture garden. The art wasn't 100% my taste- very contemporary (not a bad thing if it's your cup of tea). Great space though. Inexpensive parking (5.00)

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