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Walker Art Center
Ranked #33 of 227 things to do in Minneapolis
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Owner description: Internationally recognized as a leading arts venue, the Walker Art Center presents contemporary visual arts and design exhibitions; dance, theater, and music performances; and film screenings. The Walker hosts lectures, classes, and events for visitors of all ages with many of today’s leading figures from the worlds of art and culture.
Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was strange: we visited the Walker Art Center on a Thursday afternoon and *after* we bought our tickets were told that the entire museum was shut down with the exception of the Edward Hopper exhibit! Then we were handed two tickets for free admission in August (but we are from out of town, so what good are those tickets to us?) At this point – and looking into our dismayed faces – we were offered a refund. We elected to stay for Hopper and to view the sculpture garden. Given what we saw, we’re happy that we did. But… really?

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Reviewed June 6, 2014

Contemporary art at its best is what you will find in the Walker. Some of the exhibits will leave you befuddled; others will entrance you. Bored you will not be. Once every year, the Walker features the British Arrow Awards films, a look at the best and most artistic of British advertisements. Make sure you get your ticket in advance, because it always sells out.

The museum is extremely friendly to disabled visitors. The outside sculpture museum, featuring a large spoon with a cherry on top, is also worth seeing.

Thank CMHfromOhio
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

Spending the afternoon on a MN summer day down at the Walker Art Center is a must at some point in your life. Walking through the dozens of galleries and being a part of the exhibits allows you to share in the vision of each artist. It is ever changing, so keep that in mind during your planned visit. For a decent admission price, you're able to enjoy everything they have to offer. There is also on property underground parking which makes it even that much more enjoyable.

Walking the grounds is the best part. Make sure you're there when everything is in full bloom. It's well worth the time in the summer to spend out taking in all of the sculptures and gardens. The food is a little over priced, however not so much for the area. Make a plan to enjoy lunch at one of the surroundings little cafes in the area.

Thank MerlynDalamar
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

My husband and I, who live in Seattle, just completed a visit to Minneapolis for the sole purpose of visiting several art museums. High on our list was the Walker Art Center, both for its permanent collection and for the current exhibition of Edward Hopper drawings and paintings. The website dazzled with descriptions of everything going on, which unfortunately led me to overlook the fact that no mention was made of the permanent collection.

Even after arriving at the museum late Saturday morning we were unaware of just how limited the offerings would be. No one at the admissions desk mentioned anything, and as we turned away we encountered a volunteer who shoved brochures at us, gestured wildly, and generally just made us want to escape. We quickly headed up the nearest staircase to the Hopper exhibit, which was fine, as Hopper exhibits usually are (my overall rating does not apply to this particular exhibit). We then decided to head to the museum shop and to The Gathering, a restaurant that we expected to be open for lunch but found had been closed for all but Thursday evenings. On our way back to the ground level cafe, we stopped briefly at the museum shop, which had to be the most poorly presented museum shop we have ever experienced: endless tables, jammed with "stuff." We exited quickly, and headed down for a quick lunch, only then discovering that all of the permanent collection galleries were closed for installation. At this point it was really too late for us to make it to another museum across town, even with an expensive cab ride, and have any time before the afternoon closing. No doubt local patrons are used to the Walker's ways, but the museum's unwillingness to make clear to prospective visitors that most of their galleries were closed was truly significant for us. If you have any plans to visit the Walker, I strongly suggest you call ahead and search for any news stories that might shed light on the status of the museum. The museum's website does not appear to be a reliable guide.

6  Thank Anne N
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Reviewed May 24, 2014

The Walker has exhibits that bring me to Minneapolis and I've enjoyed them and learned from them. But I feel like I'm in a private club when I'm in here: it's hard to find anything and the signage is poor. The docents and staff can't always even give directions.

1  Thank ColetteSouth
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