The Walker Art Center welcomes visitors of all abilities to engage with the visual, performing, and media arts of our time.
American Sign Language Interpretation
The Walker is happy to provide American Sign Language Interpretation with at least two week’s advance notice. Please e-mail email@example.com or call 612-375-7564.
The Walker is accessible to visitors who use wheelchairs or prefer to avoid stairs. All entrances and public areas are accessible.
Visitors with disabilities may use mobility devices, including manual and electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters, and manually powered mobility aids in all areas. Visitors may borrow manual wheelchairs from the Visitors Service desk located in the Main Lobby at a first-come, first-served basis.
When navigating the Gallery Tower, please note the main elevator provides access to Galleries 1, 3, 4, 6, and 7. For visitors who use wheelchairs or prefer to avoid stairs, Galleries 2 and 5 can be reached via the accessible elevators, whose entrances are located on floors 3 and 6, respectively. The accessible elevator has space for the visitor in a wheelchair, in addition to 1 person standing or 1 service animal.
Services such as Metro Mobility should be instructed to drop off and pick up passengers at 725 Vineland Place, the entrance to the Main Lobby.
Bags larger than 11 by 17 inches and all backpacks are not allowed in the galleries and can be checked in lockers. Visitors are welcome to bring such a bag into the galleries if they require it for a medical need. Check in with the visitor services staff at the lobby desk, and a tag will be issued to display on your bag while you visit the museum.
Assisted Listening Systems
Visitors Service Desk in the Main Lobby is equipped with an induction hearing loop that directly transmits sound to hearing aids or cochlear implants with a T-coil copper wire. Please turn your device to “T.”
Assistive Listening Devices are available at the box office for all events in the Walker Cinema, the Bentson Mediatheque, and the McGuire Theater.
Accessible parking is available at Vineland Place Parking Ramp with a direct connection to the Walker Art Center. Note that the Parking Ramp entrance is 8 feet 2 inches high. For vehicles larger than this height, we recommend the surface lot, which is adjacent to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.
You can find two all-gender restrooms (single-stall, locked bathrooms) in the corridor between the parking garage and the Bazinet Lobby. Men’s and women’s restrooms, as well as a family restroom, are located on the lower level, next to the Art Lab.
Service animals are welcome at the Walker.
The Walker is happy to provide Open Captioning with at least two week’s advance notice. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-375-7564.
Verbal Description Services
The Walker is happy to provide Verbal Description services with at least two week’s advance notice. Please e-mail email@example.com or call 612-375-7564.
The Walker is happy to provide Braille materials with at least two week’s advance notice. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612-375-7564.
Large Print Materials
The Walker is happy to provide Large Print materials with at least two week’s advance notice. Please e-mail email@example.com or call 612-375-7564.
Verbal Description and Touch Tours
Beginning in June 2017, visitors will be able to book a Touch Tour of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, featuring a tactile and verbal exploration of newly commissioned sculptures and the redesigned space.
Verbal Description and Touch Tours provide an opportunity for visitors who are blind or have low vision 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 the visitors’ tour experience.
All Verbal Description and Touch Tours are FREE. Please provide at least 3 weeks’ advanced 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.
Tours for Individuals with ASD and Developmental Disabilities
The Walker offers customized tour options for individuals of all ages with ASD’s and developmental disabilities. Led and designed by trained educators, these tours serve day center facilities, group homes, and other organizations.
We additionally provide 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.
The Walker’s art-viewing and art-making program for groups of individuals with early- to middle-stage Alzheimer’s and other dementias, their care partners, friends, and family. Participants connect to art and each other through conversational tours that tap multiple senses and art labs that introduce myriad ways of seeing the world. Contemporary art becomes the catalyst for community building, self-expression, and appreciating the present.
The program was created in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota, the Goodman Group, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Please note that tours and art labs can accommodate up to 5 visitors with Alzheimer’s/dementia. Group sizes should not exceed 10 people (up to 5 visitors with Alzheimer’s/dementia plus care partners, family, and friends).