Lumber baron Thomas Barlow Walker’s art collection was the foundation for what would become the renowned Walker Art Center. This complex features the trifecta of visual art, performing arts and cinema. The gallery space is dedicated to permanent and temporary contemporary art exhibits, and several theater spaces host an active schedule of dance, music and theater performances and film screenings. The Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
, a popular public gathering space, is just across the street; among its more than 40 installations is the eye-catching and often-photographed “Spoonbridge and Cherry” (a red cherry atop a white spoon) by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.