Walker Art Center's mini-golf moves from the garden to the sky


We have no idea what these people are doing, but there will be mini-golf up on the terraces this spring.

The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and the giant hill outside the Walker Art Center are usually bustling in the summertime with Rock the Garden, the Internet Cat Film Fest, artsy mini-golf, and other outside activities including jam sessions, yoga workshops, happy hours, and film screenings.

Well, a lot of that won't be happening this summer, as the Sculpture Garden is getting a massive overhaul as we speak. The Internet Cat Film Fest has returned to the internet, the Walker's grassy hill is getting spruced up, and Rock the Garden will be traveling to Boom Island this season (the lineup announcement comes next week on April 5).

So you would think that would mean that mini-golf is out this year also. Well, think again. Despite not having a lawn, the Walker's ever-popular event will also be returning for summer 2016. This year, however, the course will be moving to the sky.

No, really! This year's mini-golf is moving to the rooftop terraces of the museum. During the spring and summer months, folks will be able to play a nine-hole course while taking in gorgeous views of downtown and Loring Park (and the lovely Lyndale and Hennepin construction!).

As past golfers may remember, each hole typically pays tribute either to the museum's permanent collection or to the Twin Cities in some way. Returning holes this year include Aaron Dysart's Rock! Garden., where players must bop balls off of colorful rocks that make music; Let's Be Frank, a giant hot dog with mustard; and the Warhol-inspired Thrillo-Brillo.

Mini-golf starts up May 26 and runs through September 4. Tickets for nine holes are priced at $9 to $12, and include museum admission. 

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