Walker Art Center
Noted in the ‘Big Five’ of Contemporary Art museum in the United States, the Walker Art Center is a key player in the contemporary scene across the country. Over the years, the center has been transformed from a small private collection, to a huge institution, and now perhaps the ultimate Minneapolis destination. In 1999, the Pritzker Prize–winning Swiss architectural firm of Herzog & de Meuron completed a fantastic and elaborate extension on the original building that saw the addition of a provocative, geometric cubic tower that places visitors in movement parallel to the urban flow, as well as providing a distant respite from it.
Perhaps the most memorable part of the Walker Art Center, as well as the most unique, is the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. A Minneapolis staple since 1988, its one of the biggest urban sculpture parks in the country, and features site specific work by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, as well as pieces from Frank Gehry and Siah Armajani, and the Arlene Grossman Memorial Arbor and Flower Garden.
Beautifully presented, locally sourced, and globally inspired modern American cuisine are in huge abundance at Gather By D’Amico. Their happy hour cocktails, at great prices, are a real crowd pleaser, so come for the Pear Tree Martini, but stay for the Shrimp Fettucini.
The Walker Shop is a great destination for unique and colourful gifts and quirky homeware, and you can really see the Walker’s dedication to fantastic design and modern living in their huge selection of handpicked, well made items. Artisan jewelry, books on multidisciplinary contemporary art, design, and culture, creative toys, and exclusive Walker products are also all on offer, and better still, all proceeds go back into the Walker’s programmes, so you can feel a little bit better about how much you’ll really want to spend here.