One of the few institutions in the world devoted primarily to contemporary sculpture, the Nasher Sculpture Center (NSC) opened in 2003 as the new home of the formidable Raymond and Patsy NasherCollection. The Center’s permanent holdings include over three hundred works of sculpture, as well as a number of twentieth century paintings and drawings, which are featured in rotating exhibitions throughout NSC’s 55,000 square foot facility and adjoining sculpture garden. Notable artists represented in the collection include Alexander Calder, Auguste Rodin, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Richard Serra, and Willem DeKooning. Often works in other media are displayed to give contrast and context to featured pieces. Exhibitions at NSC draw from and expand upon the Nasher Collection, also tapping numerous public and private collections from across the world to provide a more complete appreciation of featured themes and artists. The Nasher’s mission is to provide a venue for the study and appreciation of modern sculpture, promoting its creation and conservation, and examining the forces that have shaped contemporary sculpture since the late nineteenth century.
Nasher Sculpture Center Information
- Public Transportation: Good (within walking distance of Pearl St. and St. Paul rail stations, McKinney Ave. trolley stop, and East Transfer Center)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Closed Mondays
- Admission: Adults $10, Seniors (65 +)/Military $7, Students $5, free for Members/Children 12 & under
- Tours: Regular docent tours offered Saturdays at noon; Self-guided tours of up to 60 people must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance; Docent guided tours available for up to 20 guests, with additional docents per 20 visitors, and must be scheduled at least three weeks in advance. School tours (docent- or self-guided) are also available, with a maximum group size of 60
- Membership: Individual membership is $75, including free admission for one year for two adults, plus children 12 and under. Additional benefits include free parking, priority admission, exhibition previews and more.