The Sculpture Garden opened in 1988, and now features works by Claes Oldenburg, Siah Armajani, Jonathan Silver, and Richard Stankiewicz. It is part of the Walker Art Center, one of the city’s preeminent museums (see the listing immediately below). The garden is just as lauded, and is one of the country’s largest urban sculpture parks. When it opened, the New York Times called it “the finest new outdoor space in the country for displaying sculpture.”
Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s Spoonbridge and Cherry is one of the garden’s most recognizable, iconic works. Other sculptures in its collection include Barry Flanagan’s Hare on Bell on Portland Stone Piers, Brower Hatcher’s Prophecy of the Ancients, and Sol LeWitt’s X with Columns.
The garden also hosts a number of programs, partially funded by Target, which is headquartered in Minneapolis. Its free Thursday nights are sponsored by the retailer, and it also holds regular art exhibitions, master classes with filmmakers, and regular performing arts performances.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Buses 4, 6, and 12 from the Lyndale Ave. and Vineland Pl. stop are steps from the garden; bus 951 from the Dunwoody Blvd. stop is also steps from the garden; bus 25 from the Oak Grove St. and 15th St. stop is a 4-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Daily 6:00 a.m.–Midnight
- Admission: Free
- Tour: Free tours are offered May–August. For a schedule, visit the Walker lobby desk. Private group tours and tours for visitors with disabilities can be scheduled online or by calling the museum
- Donations: Donations of any amount are greatly appreciated.