The Walker Art Center offers free admission this summer

Under construction: The Barnes building

Under construction: The Barnes building

This summer, motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians traveling along the Hennepin/Lyndale downtown bottleneck may have noticed that the Walker Art Center has been under some serious construction. The brick facade of the Barnes building is being replaced. Though folks can still enjoy the spectacle of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, the museum's giant grassy hill and patio areas have been rendered mostly unusable (barring mini-golf, of course!) during this time for regular seasonal programming like Open Lawn.

Today, it was announced that while the Barnes building will be closing its galleries this month, the museum will also be offering free admission every day through the summer.

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[jump] Free admission starts today, and runs through September 21. This does not include the Artist-Designed Mini Golf, ticketed film screenings, or other performing arts events that charge cover fees, obviously.

However, visitors will be able to check out some of the museum's permanent collection for free, as well as visiting shows such as "Painter Painter," an exhibition featuring 15 emerging painters from the U.S. and Europe; "The Autoconstrucción Suites," highlighting challenging and playful work by Mexican artist Abraham Cruzvillegas; and Fritz Haeg's "At Home in the City," which celebrates domestic arts such as gardening and weaving.

The Barnes building will reopen fully, and admission will start up again, with the highly anticipated grand opening of "Claes Oldenburg: The Sixties." For more info on all of the goings-on at the Walker Art Center, visit its website at