Sensory Friendly Sunday June 2023
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Sensory Friendly Sunday June 2023

Two people sit in a sculpture consisting of chairs facing eahc other with glass in between.
Sensory Friendly Sunday, 2021. Photo: Carina Lofgren for Walker Art Center.

Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly event designed for kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences, autism spectrum disorder, or developmental disabilities. The galleries will be closed to the general public, allowing visitors to enjoy the museum in a calm environment with accommodations such as quiet spaces, fidgets, and sunglasses available. Experience a selection of current exhibitions, make art, or watch a short film. All friends and family members are welcome.

In June, explore the exhibitions Pacita Abad, Kahlil Robert Irving: Archaeology of the Present, and Among Friends: The Generosity of Judy and Ken Dayton.

This June through September (weather permitting), play a free round of mini golf on the Walker’s rooftop between 8 and 11 am. The one-of-a-kind course features 10 distinctive, artist-designed holes and an unrivaled view of the Minneapolis skyline.

This program was created in consultation with the Autism Society of Minnesota (AuSM) and the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy Program.

While walk-ins are welcome, we encourage you to reserve your space ahead of time. Sensory Friendly Sunday is typically less busy 8–9:30 am and busier from 9:30–11 am.

Art-making Activity, 8–11 am
The artist Pacita Abad loved to scuba dive, and she created artworks inspired by her underwater adventures. Visit the Art Lab to try out watercolor-resist techniques to make your own underwater scene inspired by works on view in the exhibition Pacita Abad.

Gallery Activity, 8–11 am
Pick up a seek-and-find activity sheet in Gallery 1, then explore some amazing details and fascinating materials used by artist Pactia Abad.

Short Film, 8–11 am
Stop by the Bentson Mediatheque to watch a short film. In Wâhkôhtowin (All My Relations) by Barry Bilinsky, a creation story passed down through generations highlights the connections between all relatives, both human and nonhuman, and the importance of sharing stories. The film is 6 minutes and will loop between 8–11 am. Capacity is limited to 10 people at a time. This is a relaxed screening with sound reduced, appropriate for all ages. Visitors are free to come and go, move, and otherwise make themselves comfortable in the space.

Masks are required at Sensory Friendly Sunday for visitors over age 2.

Skyline Mini Golf is partially accessible. All holes are playable from the perimeter, if guests are unable to step onto the holes.

The short film will be captioned.

To prepare for your visit, check out this Social Narrative.

For more information about accessibility or to request additional accommodations, call 612-375-7564 or email

For more information about accessibility at the Walker, visit our Access page.

Family Programs are supported by the Manitou Fund, thanks to Rosemary and Kevin McNeely.