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About our School Programs

Walker School Programs feature interactive, learner-centered, and inquiry-based explorations of the galleries and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden that are designed to educate and excite your students about the art of today.

All K–12 guided visits are led by our professional museum educators and can be tailored to focus on specific themes and exhibitions.

Other tour options include customized programs for Special Education classrooms (including Citywide Autism Program and inclusive classrooms); bilingual tours in Spanish and Hmong; and tours that cater to classrooms with wide-ranging literacy and English language learner needs.

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Group Visit Options

Limit Time
Guided Tours 60 Students 1 hr. (45 min. for K-2 groups)
Guided Tours + Art Lab 75 Students 2 hr. (1.5 hr. for K-2 groups)

Schedule a Tour

Guided Tours Guided Tours + Art Lab
Title 1 Schools Free $45 per group of 15 students or fewer
Public Schools $45 per group of 15 or fewer students $120 per group of 15 or fewer students
All Other Schools $75 per group of 15 or fewer students $150 per group of 15 or fewer students
To qualify for group pricing, groups must schedule their visit at least 3 weeks in advance for guided tours and at least 1 week in advance for self-guided group visits. Self-guided are also available for 6–12th grade groups and are free when booked at least one week in advance of visit date!

Head straight to our online request form to book your visit or email our Education Assistant with further questions.

Before you visit
  • Watch our brief welcome video (Above) with students to introduce them to the visiting rules.
  • Download our tour chaperone guide to share with your staff and volunteers.
  • Access our social narrative description for field trips so your class knows what to expect.
  • Encourage high school students to check-out the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden stories.
  • Download our bus parking map to share with your bus driver. Parking for buses must be arranged with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Parking for buses is currently available in the lot near the Parade Ice Arena until construction of the Parade parking lot is completed.
After your visit
  • Watch some artist talks online with your class.
  • Send us some feedback!
Grades K–2

STEAM | Sculptures and Scale

In this lesson, students will examine artworks and consider the differences in scale between familiar objects and the works of art that represent them. They will use photos, drawings, and their own bodies to understand why and how artists use scale in their work.

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English Language Arts | What’s the Story

In this lesson, students will work together to identify the setting, characters, and key events in select works of art and through this process will learn the fundamentals of art interpretation. They will then use their imaginations to develop original stories inspired by an artwork.

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Contemporary Art | Art Investigators

This lesson is designed to help teachers and students alike learn how to look at, talk about, and enjoy contemporary art. Students will practice important critical-thinking skills as they investigate an artwork ,making observations to support their interpretations of the artwork.

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Orientation to the Walker

Use this guide and the corresponding PowerPoint presentation to get your students ready for a field trip to the Walker Art Center. This field trip will be the first visit to an art museum for many students, and we want them to feel prepared and excited!

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*each lesson fulfills Minnesota academic standards for creative arts, ELA, science and social

Grades 3–5

STEAM | Sculptures and Scale

In this lesson, students will examine artworks and consider the differences in scale between familiar objects and the works of art that represent them. They will use photos, drawings, and their own bodies to understand why and how artists use scale in their work.

Download plan | Download presentation

English Language Arts | What’s the Story

In this lesson, students will work collaboratively to “read” works of art by identifying the settings, characters, and key events that they depict. Through this process, students will consider visual art as a form of narrative while learning the fundamentals of art interpretation.

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Social Studies | Public Park, Public Art

In this lesson, students will learn about public art and the decisions that artists and museums must make when creating and presenting artworks that are accessible to the general public. Students will become familiar with the layout of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and will be introduced to several sculptures in the Garden.

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Contemporary Art | Art Investigators

This lesson is designed to help teachers and students alike learn how to look at, talk about, and enjoy contemporary art. Students will practice important critical-thinking skills as they investigate an artwork, making observations to support their interpretations.

Download plan | Download presentation

Orientation to the Walker

Use this guide and the corresponding PowerPoint presentation to get your students ready for a field trip to the Walker Art Center. This field trip will be the first visit to an art museum for many students, and we want them to feel prepared and excited!

Download guide | Download presentation

*each lesson fulfills Minnesota academic standards for creative arts, ELA, science and social studies

Grades 6–8

STEAM | Experimental Drawing

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English Language Arts | Art Criticism 101

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Social Studies | Art and Social Justice

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Contemporary Art | Understanding contemporary art

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Orientation to the Walker

Use this guide and the corresponding PowerPoint presentation to get your students ready for a field trip to the Walker Art Center. This field trip will be the first visit to an art museum for many students, and we want them to feel prepared and excited!

Download guide | Download presentation

*each lesson fulfills Minnesota academic standards for creative arts, ELA, science and social studies

Grades 9–12

English Language Arts | Art Criticism

Coming Soon.

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Social Studies | Art and Social Justice

Coming Soon.

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Contemporary Art | Understanding contemporary art

Coming Soon.

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Orientation to the Walker

Use this guide and the corresponding PowerPoint presentation to get your students ready for a field trip to the Walker Art Center. This field trip will be the first visit to an art museum for many students, and we want them to feel prepared and excited!

Download guide | Download presentation
Walker Tour Programs are sponsored by This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Walker School Programs are supported by the Nordstrom Foundation.

Exhibition guides

Exhibition guides are available for select exhibitions. Each guide provides an exhibition overview, discussion questions, and a list of resources for further research.

Theaster Gates: Assembly Hall: Exhibition Guide for High School Teachers