Gift loved ones with 365 days of aesthetic enrichment with today’s Groupon. For $87, you’ll get a one-year contemporaries level membership (good for two adults and children under 18 in the same residence) to Walker Art Center (a $175 value). With adult admission regularly priced at $10, you only have to visit a few times to make the deal worthwhile. You’ll also get special discounts on dining, shopping, performances, and events, not to mention special discounts on feeling like a cultured member of society.
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. Today, the 17-acre campus boasts a nationally heralded sculpture garden, Herzog & de Meuron-designed expansion, a restaurant by Wolfgang Puck, a 385-seat theater, a 300-seat cinema, and enough art to simultaneously go on three museum dates at the same place without anyone running into each other.
Contemporaries level members can admire the iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry or schmooze, socialize, and sip with other members at special member events. As a member, you’ll also receive subscriptions to Walker and Dwell magazines as well as 10% off at 20.21, an artsy eatery serving Asian-influenced California cuisine. Check their site for a complete list of perks.
- The Walker Art Center's new home is a masterly example of how exhausted motifs can acquire new meaning when reworked in a fresh setting. – Nicolai Ouroussoff, New York Times
- The Walker gives Minneapolis some serious art cred. – Val B., Yelp
- This is really a great place to spend some quality and unrushed time. Most everything at Walker is an artistic statement both in terms of content and space. – Eric B., Yelp
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.