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Des Moines Art Center

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Address: 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
Phone Number: +1 515-277-4405
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11:00 - 21:00
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Wed 11:00 - 16:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of...

This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe and Henri Matisse. The center, which also offers art classes, consists of three buildings, each designed by a celebrated architect: Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier.

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The Diamond of Des Moines

I have traveled to many cities and visited many an art museum, and I can tell you the Des Moines Art Center surpasses most. The building, which is a work of art in itself, houses... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Ginnie P
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have traveled to many cities and visited many an art museum, and I can tell you the Des Moines Art Center surpasses most. The building, which is a work of art in itself, houses a permanent collection of pieces by an astonishingly diverse and renowned number of artists. Rotating exhibits are as unexpected as they are thought-provoking. I am... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful photography exhibit of Vivian Maier: Through a Critical Lens. Worth the trip to see. Was surprised at no admission fee. Also must check out the gift shop. Even if you just buy a Carmel. They are delicious .

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Thank Jan F
Hyderabad, India
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Have good collection of arts and the building itself is very large and has multiple floors. Adjacent to museum there is a rose garden too and few trails.

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Thank AlokJaiswal
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Focus's heavily on Modern and Contemporary art. Would not make a trip just to see it, but if you are in the area it's a great place to visit.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Such a beautiful building and each piece is set like a jewel. You are. Mainly going to see 20th Century works and not in depth on any movement, but very fine pieces representing movements throughout. Some of the best sculpture is still at the Art Center but a sampling of the large works is downtown at the sculpture park. A... More 

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Milwaukee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

I am so impressed by the collection of the Des Moines Art Center. It combines the opportunity to see great art in a lovely setting with interesting programs

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Thank U4738TAcolins
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Nice photographie of Viviane Maier. The permanent exposition, a micelanous of américain painting. A quiet restaurant with good simple food

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Krakow, Poland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Definitely it was some shock to see Radin sculpture there and some painting of Matis. Warhol was more predictable as each US museum should have a piece of good US art. It is fee admission so you not risk anything just you expose yourself on good art.

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MeganAtTheArtCenter, Public Relations Manager at Des Moines Art Center, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We're glad to hear that the Art Center was an entirely unexpected surprise during your time in Des Moines. We couldn't agree more—our free admission program is a fantastic reason to visit again and again! More 

Wirtz, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

Traveling through Des Moines Iowa, we took in this art museum. Most of the museum was not type of art that I prefer. My preference is for realism, but I did manage to find some that was interesting. I did find the gallery of Virginia Maier photos to be fascinating. How she managed to make ordinary everyday life scenes turn... More 

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Tazewell, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

The perfect sized art gallery with amazing treasures by some of the most famous artists known, you never know what will surprise you! Just right, not overwhelming with knowledgeable and helpful docents

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