The Walker Art Center welcomes visitors of all abilities to engage with the visual, performing, and media arts of our time in an inclusive, welcoming environment.
Sensory Friendly Sunday
Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event for kids, teens, and adults with sensory processing differences or autism spectrum disorder and their families. Join us 8–11 am for this monthly program before the museum opens to the general public. Make art together, explore the galleries, watch a short film, or just hang out in a different setting. All family members are welcome, from sibs to primary care-givers to grandparents.
Sensory Friendly Sunday strives to be a calm and no-judgment environment. Visitors can choose from social stories, maps, quiet spaces, headphones, and more.
Created in consultation with the Autism Society of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota’s Occupational Therapy department.
This activity is made possible by the voters Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board Art, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Contemporary Journeys is the Walker’s program for people with early- to mid-stage dementia and their care partners, family members, and friends. Participants will enjoy guided tours and hands-on art-making activities designed to encourage creative exploration and social connection within a safe and supportive environment.
Contemporary Journeys visits are led by specially-trained staff and volunteers. Our friendly staff can also help you plan and prepare for your visit, to ensure all participants feel welcome and comfortable.
To learn more or enquire about booking a group tour, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-253-6709.
Register now for our November 2018 drop-in tour for individuals with memory loss and their care partners.
Tours for Neurodiverse Visitors
The Walker offers customized tour options for individuals of all ages with autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. Led and designed by trained educators, these tours serve day center facilities, group homes, and other organizations.
School Programs additionally provides specific offerings for Special Education classrooms, including Citywide Autism Program and inclusive classrooms. View tour options.
All tours for individuals with ASD or developmental disabilities are free.
Verbal Description and Touch Tours
Verbal Description and Touch Tours give visitors who are blind or have low vision an opportunity to experience the Walker’s rotating exhibitions and permanent collection. Trained educators provide dynamic descriptions of artworks, in addition to incorporating a range of sensory tools—ranging from touch objects to sound clips—to enhance each visitor’s tour experience.
You can book a Verbal Description tour of an exhibition on view in the Walker or in warmer months, schedule a Touch Tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, featuring a tactile and verbal exploration of newly commissioned sculptures and the redesigned space.
All Verbal Description and Touch Tours are free. Please provide at least three weeks’ advance notice.
The Walker would like to thank BLIND, Inc., a local nonprofit that provides adjustment-to-blindness training, for reviewing our Verbal Description and Touch Tour programs.
- This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.