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Walker Art Center

725 Vineland Place
Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, 55403

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The Walker Art Center is a multidisciplinary contemporary art center in the Lowry Hill neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Walker is one of the most-visited modern art museums, it has an annual attendance of around 700,000 visitors.
The Walker Art Center began 1879 as a personal art gallery in the home of lumber baron Thomas Barlow Walker. Walker formally established his collection as the Walker Art Gallery in 1927. With the support of the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration, the Walker Art Gallery became the Walker Art Center in January 1940.

The Walker's building, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes and opened in May 1971, saw a major expansion in 2005. Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron's addition included an additional gallery space, a theater, restaurant, shop, and special events space.

As of 2011, total attendance was at about 590,000 visitors, out of which 22% were Teen and Youth Visitors.

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