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Internationally renowned arts center invites members to browse expansive galleries & sculpture garden & indulge in special perks

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Promotional value expires Mar 7, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Must activate membership by 3/7/12, membership expires 1 year from activation date. If activated after British Arrows Awards on 12/30/11, may use toward any film before 6/30/12. New members only, or those whose membership ended more than 1 year ago. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Art represents the triumph over chaos, just as pulled-pork donuts represent the triumph over dignity. Expand your tastes with today’s Groupon for memberships to the Walker Art Center. Choose between the following options:

The Friend-level membership includes an entire household: two adults and any children under 18 residing at the same address.

Considered on par with art-museum majors such as the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim, and Hirshhorn, the Walker Art Center began as the upper Midwest’s first public art gallery in 1927. Members enjoy nearly unfettered access to the 17-acre campus, which boasts a nationally heralded sculpture garden, home to the famed giant spoon and cherry. Guests can also explore a restaurant by D’Amico, a 385-seat theater, a 350-seat cinema, and a Herzog & de Meuron–designed expansion, housing enough visual, film, and performance art to simultaneously go on three museum dates at the same place without anyone running into each other.

Friend-level membership perks include all the benefits of a basic Walker membership, including free gallery admission every day, one-year subscriptions to Dwell and Walker magazines, discounts on gift-shop gear, dining, special-event tickets, and partnering cultural institutions. In addition, the Friend membership comes with access to more than 450 museums in North America and around the world to keep members as culturally enriched as an art-history major breakfasting on yogurt.

Groupon-holders can snag a membership for themselves or gift one to a friend just in time to catch a screening of the 2011 British Arrow Awards, the museum’s most popular special event after tucking the portraits into bed. Formerly known as the British Television Advertising Awards, the program delights audiences by screening more than 150 innovative adverts from the UK, from comedic romps to emotional sagas. Screenings run several times a day from Friday, December 2, through Saturday, December 31, but shows often sell out, so please call in advance to safeguard seats.

Walker Art Center

In 1879, a lumber baron named Thomas Barlow Walker built an extra room onto his house. He mounted his 20 favorite paintings on the room's walls and opened it to the public. This private collection transformed into a public gallery with the founding of Walker Art Center in 1927. Over the following decades, the center's staff amassed a collection focused on modern art, gathering works from Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, and Alberto Giacometti. Today, this permanent collection has expanded to encompass more than 11,000 modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures, and photographs, more than 800 film pieces, and more than 1,200 artists' books.

In the whimsical multistory geometric helix of the Barnes building, seven cube-shaped galleries radiate from a central core on terrazzo floors and under lofted ceilings. Docents lead group tours through the galleries to see rotating exhibitions or play hide-and-seek with Jackson Pollock.

Designed as a contemporary twist on old European opera houses, the center's McGuire Theater draws visitors into its intimate space for live dance, theater, and music performances as well as performance art. Museum exhibits and events also spill outside to a central square and the four quadrants, bordered by granite and evergreen hedges, of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Customer Reviews

The first time I visited the Walker, I saw a Hopper painting and fell in love with every part of the experience. The space is great, the customer service is wonderful and the art is life changing.
Julie H. · 17 hours ago
Awesome customer service. Helped me not only get my tickets,but gave directions for handicapped parking and dining afterward. Very pleasant.
Chaiya I. · December 8, 2016
Using this Groupon to belong to The Walker Art Center is a wonderful experience and an amazing opportunity to try out a membership. There are free programs for every age. we especially enjoy the Toddler Tuesdays-- it's an amazing way to introduce art and culture to young children along with being in a structured setting at times. My granddaughter always looked forward to attending and misses it and the relationships she made now she's in kindergarten-one of her favorite places to go-we now attend on breaks
Mary H. · December 12, 2013
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