Founded in 1927, the Walker Art Center began as the first public art gallery in the Upper Midwest. A gift from Mrs. Gilbert Walker in 1940 changed the institutions scope. Allowing, for the first time, opportunity to acquire the works of leading contemporary artists the Walker Art Center now holds some of the most crucial examples of contemporary artistic development in the permanent collection. From the 1960s through today, the museum has mounted some of the nations most ambitious exhibitions. Furthermore, the Walker has become a model for multidisciplinary arts organizations the world over.
In 2005, the Walker Art Center moved into its new building. A wonderfully flowing space, its perhaps the best set of exhibition galleries I’ve ever seen. Don’t miss it should you find yourself in Minneapolis.