The Walker Art Center connects the ideas and artwork of today’s artists to contemporary classroom curricula through thematic school tours and hands-on art lab activities. Guided school tours for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 focus on the Walker’s collection, special exhibitions, museum architecture, or the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. Tours for all levels are tailored to the needs of individual groups and generally last 45 minutes to one hour.
An array of tour topics and themes are offered. Download the tour topics list for details.
Looking for ways to spark creativity? Try an artist-led, hands-on activity in the Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab. Students roll up their sleeves and experiment with media, techniques, and concepts of contemporary art in projects linked to their gallery experience.
Writing through Art tours use contemporary art as a catalyst for student writing, including descriptive writing, critical essays, stories and narratives, and poetry. Select one type of writing or schedule multiple visits to experience all four.
Scheduled Self-Guided Visits
Interested in visiting the Walker with a group, but prefer to explore the galleries, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, or the building on your own? Schedule a self-guided visit during regular museum hours and receive discounted gallery admission for groups of 10 or more. Self-guided visits are limited to 60 people in the galleries or 100 in the Garden. Capacity is subject to change at the discretion of the tour scheduler.
How to Schedule Your Group Tour or Self-Guided Visit
Group tours must be booked at least four weeks in advance. Self-guided group visits must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Scheduling is based on availability, so it is helpful to have several options for your preferred dates and times when making a reservation. Please read the guidelines before submitting a Tour Request Form.
Payment by check or credit card is accepted. No refunds will be given for fewer participants or cancellations. Please refer to the guidelines to calculate tour price.
Tour Guide Bus Fund
Schools may also be eligible for bus transportation support through the Walker’s Tour Guide Bus Fund. Download the application for details.
On Your Own (PDFs)
Self-guided tours of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden are available for all ages. Print copies of the tours prior to your visit.
- Grades K–3: Animals in Art
- Grades 4–6: Who? Where? What?
- Middle School: Scale: The Human Body in Space
- High School: Stretching the Definition of Sculpture
- College/Adult: Greatest Hits: Commissions in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
Tour Guidelines & Visitor Information (PDFs)
- Guided Tour Topics and Themes
- Tour Scheduling Information and Guidelines
- Guidelines for Visiting the Walker Art Center
- Guidelines for Visiting the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
- Directions and Parking for Tour Groups
Walker Tour Programs are sponsored by United Health Foundation.