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

Target Free Thursdays Nights are the perfect opportunity to experience the Walker in a new way. Every Thursday, dive headfirst into contemporary art through an array of free programs: exhibition-related events in the galleries, art-making designed by local artists, lectures, film screenings, performances, and more!

What is Target Free Thursday Night?

Every Thursday night, enjoy free admission and programs, funded by our generous sponsor Target. The local company—headquartered just a stone’s throw away in downtown Minneapolis—is dedicated to supporting arts and cultural experiences for all audiences.

Who do I go with?

You can visit the Walker with a date, with a friend, or with 20 of your friends! This night is open to everyone and is always free. The more the merrier. Just no pets allowed, unfortunately. Or live plants. Leave your plants at home.

What do I do when I show up?

There’s always something new and exciting. Check in the Main Lobby to see what’s happening that night; the programs for the evening are also listed on the marquee above the lobby desk. You can check out our website or magazine for updated schedules too. Behind the Main Lobby are lockers for you to check your backpacks, which aren’t allowed in the galleries.

Art’s not really my thing. What do I do?

Give art a try! You might find something you like. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter: “Last Thursday when I was at the Walker Art Center, I…”
Or try out these other options:

  • Grab a drink or a bite in Esker Grove before you pop into the galleries. Make a reservation ahead of time, or simply find a seat at the bar. Dinner menu starts at 5 pm.
  • Stroll through not one, but two Walker Shops full of books, jewelry, well-designed home goods, and more. Buy a gift for someone (or yourself).
  • Meander through the  recently reopened, 19-acre Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and Wurtele Upper Garden.

Which gallery do I start with?

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.

Unlike a traditional encyclopedic museum, the galleries at contemporary art museums like the Walker change pretty regularly. Exhibitions at the Walker 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. You do the math.

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.

What if I only like films?

Lucky for you, there are over 1,000 films in the Walker’s Ruben/Bentson Moving Image Collection, and they are available for you to view any time in the Bentson Mediatheque, located just behind the Main Lobby desk. On Thursdays we have special programs designed just for you in addition to the film playlists curated by Ruth Hodgins, curator and archivist in the Moving Image department.

Moving Image also programs a lot of free films in the Walker Cinema. Check out calendar for upcoming free screenings. Almost any film screened on a Thursday is free.