Discover one of the most unique venues in the Twin Cities. The Walker is more than just a beautiful event space; it offers entertainment options you won’t find anywhere else. Hosting your event at the Walker allows you to add a private gallery tour for your guests, a mini-golf outing for an afternoon away from the office, or a cocktail reception and private screening of the British Arrows Awards to spice up your annual holiday party.
Located high above the bustle of Hennepin Avenue, this event space offers breathtaking views of downtown Minneapolis while providing flexibility for hosting events of nearly any size.
The Skyline Room is a perfect fit for wedding receptions of all styles. Its built-in A/V capabilities are ideal for meetings.
Garden Terrace Room
The Garden Terrace Room features 180-degree views of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the city with floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor terrace spaces.
Pair the Garden Terrace Room and terraces to create a unique indoor/outdoor wedding or corporate event venue.
The Cityview Room offers you and your guests fine private dining in your own restaurant. Bar seating, floor-to-ceiling windows with Minneapolis skyline views, and outdoor dining on the terrace provide the perfect atmosphere to host a cocktail party or dinner for any occasion.
The Walker’s iconic architecture provides an exceptional backdrop for a wide variety of special events. The light-filled lounges throughout the building feature floor-to-ceiling windows, open spaces, and a modern aesthetic. The adjacent galleries are available for private rental.
The Walker is one of the few venues in the city with private terrace spaces. Combine the indoors and outdoors when you rent either the Garden Terrace Room or the Walker Café & Bar.
Unparalleled views of the downtown skyline and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden set the stage for the terraces as the perfect location for events.
Crosby Conference Room & Art Lab
The Crosby Conference Room features high ceilings, views of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, and a flexible meeting space.
This versatile room includes a modular conference table that can be easily reconfigured for smaller groups, a built-in projector and screen, and lighting that can be set for daytime use or for an intimate social gathering.
Private exhibition access gives your guests an experience only the Walker Art Center can offer as one of the five most-visited modern/contemporary art museums in the United States.
Galleries can be rented in conjunction with other event spaces to entertain your guests with food, drink, and the latest Walker exhibitions.
Walker Cinema & McGuire Theater
The Walker Cinema seats 340 and offers a state of the art space for business presentations, film screenings, lectures, and other events.
The McGuire Theater seats 385 with main floor and balcony seating, and offers an expansive stage and advanced technical capabilities for all types of performances and presentations.
Do you have a caterer?
Yes. Culinaire is the exclusive caterer for the Walker Art Center. No outside caterers are allowed.
Food must be served in conjunction with alcohol service. Bar service will end one-half hour before the end of the event. We reserve the right to discontinue the service of alcoholic beverages at any time during a function.
What is included in the room rental fee?
Rental fees include: tables, chairs, standard-length linens, basic room setup and takedown, and standard Walker security during the event.
Rental fees are based on a minimum four-hour rental period, plus 2 hours for event setup and takedown. Event arrival and departure times, as stated in the event contract, are fixed and not subject to negotiation on the day of the event.
Can I schedule a tour of your event spaces?
Yes! We are available to give tours Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm (by appointment only). Please contact us to schedule an appointment
Do you require a contract and deposit to book an event space?
Yes, a nonrefundable deposit and signed contract with Culinaire are required to reserve the space and date/time. The deposit is 50 percent of the rental fee and 30 percent of the estimated food and beverage expenditure. The remainder of the facility rental balance is due in full 45 days prior to the event date, as well as an additional 30% of estimated food and beverage expenditures. Full pre-payment of estimated food and beverage costs is due 21 days prior to the event and cannot be below the contracted minimum expenditure. Final guarantee is due 5 days prior and can only be an addition to the contracted minimum, not a reduction.
Do you have a food and beverage minimum? How does it work?
Yes, there are food and beverage minimums (exclusive of tax and service), which may vary based on the event space and day/time of your event. If the actual food and beverage revenue falls below the minimum, a charge of 100 percent of the difference will apply. If the actual food and beverage revenue meets or exceeds that standard, there is no additional charge.
Will you have staff on-site during the event?
Of course—we pride ourselves on our high level of service. A Culinaire banquet manager and captain will be on-site for the duration of your event.
What are the parking options?
Parking is available in the underground parking ramp connected to the Walker. Parking validations may be prepaid and are available through your Culinaire planner. There is additional limited street parking available.
Do you have in-house audio visual equipment and technicians?
Most of our rental spaces are equipped with audiovisual capabilities, to be operated by Walker technical staff. Your Culinaire staff member will coordinate the planning and pricing of any special audiovisual, sound, or lighting needs with the help of the Walker’s in-house event production or approved vendors.
Are the galleries available for private rental?
Galleries can be rented in combination with the rental of other event space(s) for use as a gallery only. To protect the art, food or beverages are not allowed in the exhibition galleries. Private rental is available when the Walker is closed to the public. Galleries are not available during regular business hours, Tuesday through Sunday (11 am–5 pm), or Thursday evenings.
Privately guided tours, led by a trained Walker Art Center docent, are available for an additional cost. Your Culinaire staff member will help coordinate your tour.