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General Visitor Policies

  • Please do not touch the art. Works of art are fragile and easily damaged.
  • Pencils and sketchbooks are OK but not pens and other art supplies.
  • Coats, backpacks, and umbrellas must be stored. These items can be placed in the lockers or in the coatroom when you enter the Walker.
  • Photography is permitted in the galleries, but please turn off all flash.
  • Please follow basic rules of good behavior.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the galleries.
  • Pets or smoking are not permitted.

Tour Group Guidelines

  • All tour groups must check in at a reception desk.  All tours start promptly at the scheduled time. In case of delay, please call 612.375.7609 (on weekends call 612.375.7600).
  • One adult must accompany every 10 students. This applies to both Guided and Self-Guided Visits.
  • Chaperones are requested to keep students together and under supervision at all times.
  • Chaperones should make sure students are quiet and respectful, with no running or shouting.
  • There is no place for groups to eat bag lunches inside the Walker.

Personal photography is permitted throughout the Walker outdoor campus and Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Photography Guidelines

Personal Use Photography in Gallery & Public Spaces

Still photography for personal, non-commercial use is permitted in the galleries and public spaces like lounges and the Garden Café. Restrictions may apply to specific pieces or exhibitions. If you are uncertain if photography is permitted, please ask a Visitor Services Associate or Gallery Assistant before taking any photos. Please observe the following rules:

  • Flash photography is prohibited in all galleries.
  • Stabilization devices such as tripods and monopods are prohibited. Camera bags and other equipment may be restricted at the Walker’s discretion.
  • Photography must not be disruptive to other visitors or block walkways.
  • All photography must take place during the Walker’s normal business hours. The Walker reserves the right to restrict photography at any time.

Please consider the following locations where photography is least disruptive to Walker guests: Fitterman Garden Gallery, Galligan Porch, Theater Tower Stairwell.

Professional Photographers & Amateur Photography Shoots

Formal portraits and commissioned photography require a photography permit from the Walker. Please observe the following rules:

  • $50 photography permit fee. These permits are good for one hour and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. No advanced reservations. Photography permits can be picked up at the Bazinet Garden Lobby desk.
  • Permits will be issued during the Walker’s regular business hours Tuesday–Friday only. No photography permits will be issued on Saturdays or Sundays.
  • Only two photography permits will be issued at a time.
  • Permits allow for the limited use of public spaces only.
  • Stabilization devices, lighting equipment, wardrobe changes, props, and make-up stations are prohibited.
  • Photography must not be disruptive to other visitors or block walkways.

Groups larger than five people must request permission through the Walker’s Facility Rental department in advance. Additional fees may apply.

The Walker reserves the right to prohibit photography in any area at any time. Failure to adhere to guidelines or staff direction may result in being asked to cease activities and leave the premises.

Professional photography in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden requires a permit from the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board.

Mature Content

Mature content notices are posted with some exhibitions. Several works in other galleries may also have challenging subject matter. Please ask staff member for details or guidance.