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February 2024

Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

Admission: $10 adults/$6 teens and students

Gallery and architecture tours are free with gallery admission. Garden tours are free. Visit the lobby desks or call the box office at 612.375.7600 for details and tour topics.

Sculpture Garden: Admission free. Open daily, 6 am–12 midnight.

Parking: Pay parking is available in the City of Minneapolis garage on the Walker site, accessible from an entrance on Vineland Place at Bryant Avenue. Additional parking is available in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden pay lot and on the street (hourly and metered).


Formally established in 1927, the Walker Art Center began as the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. The museum’s focus on modern art began in the 1940s, when a gift from Mrs. Gilbert Walker made possible the acquisition of works by important artists of the day, including sculptures by Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, and others. During the 1960s, the Walker organized increasingly ambitious exhibitions that circulated to museums in the United States and abroad. The permanent collection expanded to reflect crucial examples of contemporary artistic developments; concurrently, performing arts, film, and education programs grew proportionately and gained their own national prominence throughout the next three decades. Today, the Walker is recognized internationally as a singular model of a multidisciplinary arts organization and as a national leader for its innovative approaches to audience engagement.

Adjacent to the Walker is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the nation’s largest urban sculpture parks. When the Garden opened in 1988, it was immediately heralded by the New York Times as “the finest new outdoor space in the country for displaying sculpture.” The Garden’s centerpiece and most popular work is Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985-1988), which has become a beloved symbol of the Twin Cities. The Garden has demonstrated extraordinary appeal in the community, and is a vital force for bringing new visitors inside the Walker and building new audiences for contemporary art. More than 15,000 people attended the Walker’s Rock the Garden concert and 15th-Anniversary celebration in June 2003.