With a spoon and a cherry, some collaborative mini-golf, a series of New Wave film screenings, and much more, the Walker Art Center is Minnesota's premier contemporary arts venue. It's quite an accolade in a city that's replete with artist studios filled with escapees from Park Slope and those who've just escaped from Bemidji. This remarkable art entrepôt started life in 1879, when lumber baron Thomas Barlow mounted his 20 favorite paintings up on the walls of his own abode. Today, the Walker is spread out across a 17-acre campus that includes buildings by the renowned architect Edward Larrabee Barnes and a remarkable addition by Herzog & de Meuron that opened in 2005. The addition features a shimmering tower wrapped in aluminum mesh panels that gives it the appearance of the most exquisitely crumpled piece of paper you've ever seen. A casual visitor could enter here at 11am to look over the works of Edward Hopper and end up at a drum & bass dance party with DJs from West Africa in the later hours of the evening. Wandering outside, visitors shouldn't miss the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which contains the aforementioned "Spoonbridge and Cherry" by Claes Oldenburg, along with 40 other works from the Walker's collection. Looking to save a few dollars? The Target Corporation sponsors free Thursday nights from 5 to 9pm every week. In short, if you have a pulse, you'll probably enjoy the Walker.