Walker Art Center#4 in Best Things To Do in Minneapolis - St. Paul
Even if you're not incredibly passionate about art, a spin through the Walker Art Center is worth a few hours. It's famous for its collection of modern and contemporary art comprising paintings, sculpture and photographs from both American and European artists. One of the Walker's biggest draws is the adjacent Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the largest urban sculpture garden in the country and home to the renowned Spoonbridge and Cherry (the piece has become somewhat of an iconic symbol for Minneapolis). For a spectacular view of the city, take a stroll across the nearby Irene Hixon Whitney Footbridge.
Recent travelers offer mixed reviews for the modern art showcased here, but reviewers are quick to recommend the garden. Visitors caution that young kids may not enjoy the museum, but do suggest a trip to the Walker for the garden alone.
Located in downtown Minneapolis, the Walker Art Center is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday) and until 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Admission for adults is $15; students pay $10; children younger than 18 can enjoy the art for free. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden is open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight and is free of charge. There is paid underground parking available on-site for $4 a day. You'll also find limited, free street parking on surrounding streets. The museum hosts several special events, including the annual Rock the Garden summer music festival, which takes place every June in the open green space next to the Walker Art Center. A list of special events can be found at the museum's website.
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#1 Minneapolis Institute of Art
Sheltering more than 83,000 works of art that span more than 5,000 years, the Minneapolis Institute of Art is the place to go if you're an art aficionado. Whether you're interested in Ancient Egyptian artifacts or European masterpieces by artists such as Titian and Monet, this museum has what you need to get your fix. Recent visitors attest the museum is well-suited for all ages, thanks to the kids scavenger hunt offerered by the museum. "We took three young children to visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art and had a wonderful time. This is a very family-friendly art museum," said one TripAdvisor reviewer. Along with the impressive collection of art, travelers are also complimentary of the museum's other offerings, including the Agra Culture Coffee Shop and Cafe.
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