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Walker Art Center, Minneapolis

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#5 of 13 in Museums in Minneapolis
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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  • Gorgeous art experience! The Cuban exhibit was really interesting. I was not expecting the art center to have so many different pieces.  more »
  • Adios Utopia is a must see, a wonderful exhibit of Cuban art post revolution. Worth a visit. I was not thrilled with much of the rest of the center but many visitor certainly would enjoy it.  more »
  • A great centre with brilliant art and really good exhibits mainly modern . Excellent gallery of the events people etc of 1968 an extraordinary year in USA . Lovely cafe and great shop !  more »
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  • The art on display was great! and the look of the building is really interesting and fun to walk around in. However, if you're going as a teen (In jeans and a plain shirt mind you) be aware of the fact that you will be stopped on multiple occasions. One piece of art I saw appeared to have water inside but it was so still that it seemed it may just have been a clear top piece. I didn't want to touch the piece so I blew at it very lightly (Stupid? yes, but at least I didn't touch it) it did move slightly but we ended up both having to move on as one of the employees told us to knock it off. On another occasion I was stopped and asked if I could change how I was wearing my small bag so it didn't look like a backpack (as the rules dont allow backpacks) this however was no big deal and was easily changed. The third and last occasion was inside a gallery that was dedicated to the kind of sarcastic witty art I love. One piece had words so small I came within a foot of the piece. An employee made their way over and told me to stay one foot from the piece, I wasn't leaning in so I believe they meant I should not point at it too closely either. After my first mistake I made ever effort to not do anything inappropriate but whether it was our age or just that particular set of staff we were always watched, and at points followed, through the gallery. The staff did approach us quietly though which I appreciate. All the same it's hard to enjoy art under stress.
  • home of the famous spoon and cherry! a great outdoor gallery with lots of large and creative pieces on display. walkable from the convention center, near a cute morning park, the outside is open and free, easy to walk and quickly see everything at any time. I went around 9am on a Monday; there were only 2-3 other visitors. things were being renovated I think, but still viewable and still lovely
  • So it's my first time ever going to walker and I park in the parking ramp. Stupidly I have no idea where to enter the art center, so I walk down the entrance of the parking ramp looking like a complete idiot. Anyway I make it inside and immediately find the bathroom, nice looking bathroom in this joint. Once I'm out of the bathroom I waltz right into the exhibits. This place is cool, I love the art and the interactive exhibits. Overall this place is sweet. I get through every single room all the way to the top floor where I'm hanging out coloring a picture if a lizard, ring ring, my friend calls. She planned to meet me here and she just arrived, so we meet up by the tunnel that gets smaller the farther you go in. She's got this simple "WALKER" pin on and I'm like "hey that's cool where'd you get that?" She replies, "You get it when you pay, so then they know that you paid when you are walking through the exhibits." I bust out laughing because this entire time I've been walking around without realizing you even have to pay and none of the employees even noticed. After walking around the outside sculptures we found an ice cream truck, so I would definitely recommend this place to anyone look for a good time.
  • It's modern art. The best collection in MN but still hit or miss. If you go, go when an exhibit that you are interested in is showing or you may be bored to tears. The expansion is nice - it is silly that is doesn't connect to the existing exhibit space above the first floor. They should have kept the old Guthrie as a performance space and built their parking garage around/behind/underneath it. The best parts of Walker are the sculpture garden (newly remodeled) and the gift shop.
  • Love this place! Beautiful art all around with great gifts from many different artists. So colorful and bright. The sculpture garden is a great place to walk and see amazing art. Family friendly or a good spot for a date.
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