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Three adults look at paintings in an exhibition of the work of David Hockney.

Get inspired. Get in free.
Gallery admission is free from 5 to 9 pm every Thursday night.

Free Thursday Nights are still free! Timed admission tickets are $0 and required for all visitors. Claim your ticket and entry time now.

You can also enjoy a variety of free programs online: exhibition tours, art-making workshops with local artists, and more. Check back regularly for updates.

Every Thursday night, enjoy free admission and programs.

Heads up, all visitors need a ticket—even for free admission.

Here are some tips on how to still have a unique, creative experience on your favorite night to visit the Walker, Free Thursday Nights:

Grab a notepad and pencil at the front desk to sketch pieces in the galleries. Here are a few ideas in case you’re feeling uninspired:

You can choose something to draw in the gallery—either sketch freehand or choose an artwork that intrigues you.

Sketch some angles of the building itself. There are some interesting lines in both the original Gallery Tower (with the bricks) and Theater Tower (the silver cube).

Try slow art: choose a few pieces that call to you and challenge yourself to spend a little extra time with them. Maybe even set a timer on your phone for 10 minutes—yes 10 minutes! It may seem like a lot, but it will give you a whole different perspective on the work. Write down your reflection in your notepad!

Draw a self-portrait inspired by the portrait wall in Five Ways In: Themes from the Collection.

Imagine a new sculpture for the Walker hillside! Would you place it near the Cardamom restaurant, or perhaps closer to James Turell’s Sky Pesher, 2005? What would you name your sculpture?

You can start in any gallery—some exhibitions will take up several gallery spaces and some just one. Ask a Gallery Assistant or grab a visitor guide to see what’s on and where.

The galleries at the Walker change pretty regularly. Exhibitions can be on view anywhere between three months and three years, depending on the show. We can have from one to five shows up at any given time.

If you saw a piece or an exhibition that you loved a few years ago, chances are the work might still be around, but the exhibition will have changed. Ever wonder where that Dolphin went (Dolphin Oracle II by Piotr Szyhalski)? Or that giant crashed car (Unpainted Sculpture by Charles Ray)? These are pieces in the Walker’s Permanent Collection that are presented for specific exhibitions designed by Walker curators, but not everything is on view at any given time. Learn more about our collections and our Visual Arts department.