BEST MUSEUM Minneapolis 2005 - Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Thanks to a recent 260,000-square-foot expansion (designed by award-winning Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron), Minneapolis can proudly claim it has a museum equal to Paris's famed Pompidou Center. It's true--there's a world-class art museum right in the center of America! Even the New York Times claimed the Walker was one of the best contemporary art exhibition facilities in the world, and this was before the $92-million expansion. Now, the cube includes a 385-seat theater, a garden lounge, and a café that offers a 180-degree view of the Sculpture Garden and the city, which guests can enjoy while dining on artfully presented entrées by celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. (The Pompidou Center has, what, some cruddy sandwiches?) Of course the Walker is offering even more of the classes, festivals, films, and lectures that have made it such an important and famous piece of Minnesota culture. But nothing can overshadow the Walker's exhibits and collections, which currently include Quartet, featuring installations by Jasper Johns and Robert Motherwell, among others, and Elemental, which includes pieces by Minimalist artists Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, and more.