The Institutions


The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is dedicated to national leadership in bringing arts and people together to discover, enjoy, and understand the world's diverse artistic heritage.

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, originally the Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts, was established in 1883. The museum building, designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White, opened its doors in 1915. In 1974, the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange was commissioned to design needed additions to McKim, Mead and White's neoclassical structure. Now in the 1990s, with finds from the Institute's New Beginnings Campaign, the museum building is being renovated, the collections reinstalled, and state-of-the-art technology introduces to help visitors and members interpret the works of art.

The museum's collection includes outstanding works in seven curatorial areas: Africa, Oceania, and the Americas; Asian Art; Decorative Arts, Sculpture, and Architecture; Paintings; Photography; Prints and Drawings; and Textiles. With 85,000 objects spanning 4,000 years, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is the most comprehensive fine-arts museum in the Upper Midwest, and its collection ranks among the nation's best.


The Walker Art Center is one of the nation's primary resources for contemporary art. Focusing on the visual, performing, and media arts, the Walker takes a multidisciplinary approach to the creation, presentation, interpretation, collection, and preservation of the arts. It is known for its major exhibitions of 20th-century art, for its presentation of vanguard music, dance, theater, film, and video, and for its innovative education programs. Many of the performers are invited to participate in artist-in-residence activities and are frequently commissioned to create works that premiere in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, a project of the Walker and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, is adjacent to the museum. The Walker's permanent collection of more than 8,000 works represents important artistic currents of the 20th century, in a range of styles from figurative to abstract.

Visitor Information

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TDD: (612) 375-7585
Recorded Information: (612) 375-7577


The Walker is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the corner of Vineland Place and Lyndale Avenue South, next door to the Guthrie Theater.