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1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55403
612.375.7600
Admission: $18.00
Adults $18; Seniors $16; Students $12; EBT: $2; Children, Members, Military: Free
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Hours of Operation:
Mon. Closed
Tue. Closed
Wed. 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Thu. 10:00 AM – 09:00 PM
Fri. 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Sat. 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Sun. 10:00 AM – 05:00 PM

Internationally famous, Walker Art Center is the Twin Cities’ art museum visitors from out of the country make a point to visit. But, it is also a great place to visit as a family.  With special activities geared toward kids and Free First Saturdays, it is a great way to introduce children to contemporary art. Located across from Loring Park where Lyndale and Hennepin merge, it can be difficult to get to at times and difficult to find free parking (although the lot is not outrageously priced).

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Our favorite family programming includes Free First Saturdays and Sensory Friendly Sundays. In the summer, play a family round of mini golf on the roof.

Visiting the Walker

Visitors can order tickets online or purchase them at the museum. Free First Saturdays and Thursday evenings are still free, but tickets are required.

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Free First Saturdays at the Walker

The Walker offers free admission on the first Saturday of every month. From 10am to 4pm on these days, they also offer a variety of family-friendly activities – both indoors and out in the sculpture garden. While these can be busy days, these are good days to visit if you have an interest in a current exhibit. Chances are there will be more hands-on learning to go with the exhibit on these days.

People viewing art in a Walker Art Center Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sensory Friendly Sundays at the Walker

Sensory Friendly Sunday is usually the second Sunday of each month and is a free event designed for kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities. This drop-in event is free but pre-registration is encouraged because the museum is otherwise closed to the general public. Families can enjoy the museum in a calm environment with accommodations such as quiet spaces, noise-canceling headphones, and sunglasses available. Special art-making activities and films will be offered as well as the Walker’s current exhibits.

Find more venues with sensory-friendly events.

Three children at a listening station at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Stopping at a listening station during a visit.

Mini Golf at the Walker

Most summers, museum patrons can play a round of mini golf on a course designed by artists. Anne and Joy had a chance to try it out when it was still played in the garden.  Now the course is on the roof of the museum, offering the same great game, but with a skyline view.

In 2023, a round of mini golf is $12 for adults and $10 for children 7-18.  Kids 6 and under can play for free with their families.  If you are looking for an excuse to purchase a membership, you can get a free round of golf (and discounted rounds after that) with the purchase of an annual membership.

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Walker on the Green.

Photos of Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden

Image credit: Ace of Lemons.

Membership

If the free-day crowds bother you, remember kids are always free and a Dual membership is only $6/month or $80/year – making the Walker one of the best membership deals in the Twin Cities.


The Walker – Is this Art?

Originally published by Gianna Kordatzky February 19, 2015
“Is this art?  Or is it going to be something later?”  I called to the man across the room.

“No, that’s art,” came his reply.

“Oh, okay.”  Pause.  “Thanks.”

Apparently, I have a lot to learn about art.

My kids and I had decided that we wanted to discover the Walker Art Center on the First Free Saturday in April.

Let me tell you about the Walker Art Center.  First of all, it’s pretty famous! Even if you aren’t from Minnesota or the Twin Cities,  you have probably seen this:

This sculpture is in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden which is free and open to the public.  However, the Walker Art Center is not.  Every Thursday evening from 5-9pm it is free to the public and every first Saturday of the month it is free from 10am-5pm and they have special activities for the family until 3. This month eight activities were scheduled including a performance of Big Little Brother with Kevin Kling and Chris Monroe.

Here is a sampling of some of the art making activities we participated in to give you an idea of what a visit with kids might be like for you:

Felt Garden was fun for the kids to join artists from the Textile Center in making wool felted garden objects.  Lots of people made leaves and flowers and butterflies.  My children?  Watermelon, two carrots, and a banana.  Then, the Textile Center artists sewed each object onto a piece of fabric that was going to go on tour and ultimately end up on display in their gallery.  How COOL is that?  We can participate wholeheartedly and not take a single thing home!  Instead, we can go see my children’s artwork on actual display!  Now, this is a mama’s dream come true.Walker Art Center

Fill the Gap was the opportunity for the kids to sculpt with modeling clay.  And their models?  Teeth and smiles.  They could use just the clay or they could make a mixed media project with paper AND clay.  Everyone got into this activity even though mostly the teeth didn’t really look like teeth at all.  And once they got home?  They were pretty much obliterated!

Lifelike Scavenger Hunt was interesting.  We had to tour around two galleries looking for 12 different objects.  It was super fun!Walker Art Center

We took a quick peek at the Poison and Candy display in another gallery.  We were supposed to wear 3D glasses to make the candy-like pictures do something.  But they did nothing for me.  As we wound our way deeper into this collection, I started to notice a sinister vibe to his work.  Suddenly, I turned around to see Wordgirl in another part of a gallery looking very intently at a picture.  Just as I turned around, I heard a gasp, “She’s NAKED!”  Princess Pea had noticed what Wordgirl was looking at before I did.  Well, it was about time we were done.  We were just going to take a quick peek anyway!

The highlight of visiting the Walker Art Center came not because of what the Walker had to offer, but instead of what it couldn’t offer.  And that was a working elevator.  So instead, we had to use the freight elevator!  Let me tell you, we rode that thing up and down multiple times!  It was FANTASTIC!  We felt like we were in NYC.  This was by far our favorite thing to do!

 Some tips I would recommend
  • Go right away in the morning. I was told multiple times that at noon, it becomes insane!
  • Plan to do 3 or 4 of the offered activities, not all of them.
  • Once the kids get tired, stop. They offer it every month so you can see more next time.
  • Park in the underground ramp. It’s $4 and to me that was like $1 a child!  Totally worth it especially since it was raining.
  • Pray that the regular elevator doesn’t work so that you can experience the joy of the freight elevator. I absolutely know that my children will be sad next month when they have to take the regular elevator!

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