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Membership with free admission and discounts on programs and merchandise; attend a screening of the 2012 British Arrows Awards

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Promotional value expires Feb 27, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Must activate by expiration date. Valid only for option purchased. New members only. Walker Shop Gift Card is not valid during Member Double Discount Days (November 30-December 2). If redeemed after British Arrows Awards are sold out, may use film vouchers for any available Walker film before June 30, 2013. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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All members receive unlimited gallery admission and benefits such as 10% off at the museum shop, up to half off film screenings and performances, and access to members-only events and programs. Friend-level members receive unlimited free access to more than 450 museums.

At the gift shop, members browse through contemporary housewares such as concrete coasters ($12), copies of the Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia ($32.95), and Cubebot building toys ($8). Screenings of the 72-minute 2012 British Arrows Awards celebrate the best in British television, film, and web advertising, and the museum restaurant hosts a pop-up English pub during each event. Screenings are scheduled from November 30 through December 30. The Walker Art Center cinema recently includes upgrades like a new high-definition digital projectors; a new Kinoton dual projector for 16- and 35-millimeter film; a redesign of the Cinema’s acoustics; new seats; and other connectivity and equipment improvements.

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.

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LReneeAA 4 days ago
We took the family ( girls 7&8), was very disappointed not what I thought it would be. It was a lot of art that you wouldn't classify as art in a normal setting. Lots of pointless short videos of art that again were pointless. So disappointed. I was hoping for something more.
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kalimotxo2016 November 16, 2016
Walker Art Center is a must see in Minneapolis. Pardon our appearance is the key when you visit right now, so call ahead for the latest construction up dates. Staff is friendly and informed so getting the right information for your visit will not be a problem! Visit their website for all t... Read More
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WORLDTOURBUS November 12, 2016
Right across the street from the famed Sculpture Garden this place never ceases to amaze, the exhibits are lovely and laid out pretty well. Nothing but good things to say about this place, after touring the Garden come here and then go to one of the eclectic neighborhood restaurants. Thu... Read More
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