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.
Minneapolis and St. Paul
Minneapolis and St. Paul› Attraction
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Our Rating Neighborhood Lowry Hill East Hours Fri–Sat 11am–6pm, Sat 11am–5pm, Thurs 11am–9pm Transportation Metro Transit: Bus #4, 6, 12, and 25 Phone 612/375-7600 Prices Admission $15 adults, $10 students, $13 seniors (62 and up), free under 18, free Thurs 5–9pm Web site Walker Art Center
Map1750 Hennepin Ave. Minneapolis and St. Paul
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.