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Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Hidden Gem- must visit in Des Moines

I'm a regular visitor and cannot say enough good things. An impressive collection housed in a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Des Moines, Iowa
Beautiful architecture, gardens and art ~

This is an outstanding feature for the city of Des Moines. The architecture is beautiful with a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm a regular visitor and cannot say enough good things. An impressive collection housed in a gorgeous and interesting modern building. You can view the majority of the collection in a few hours. If weather allows, definitely spend some time on the grounds. Check ahead...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an outstanding feature for the city of Des Moines. The architecture is beautiful with a variety of styles. It has the feel of a big city museum yet has an intimate layout of space and comfort. World known artist's works of various periods...More

Thank Mary Jo J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The buildings alone are worth the visit. Someone in Des Moines had vision. The featured exhibition, Ruptures, is deep. I have shared my experiences in that show w my friends. It is a mind twister that keeps me pondering. Their contemporary collection is filled with...More

Thank Mary F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank god this was free. This is my personal opinion so if you're into art then maybe you'd enjoy it but i found i managed to walk through the entire place in 15 minutes. Not my type of art i guess

Thank Jacquie P
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is a must-see only about 2.5 miles west of the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden downtown. It’s also free with ample free parking. It may be unique among art museums in the way it has (successfully) combined architecture by three noted architects: Eliel Saarinen designed the...More

Thank Mack3065
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

I don't consider myself to be "artsy" but I enjoyed this place. Both abstract and realism so everyone should find something to appreciate. We only had an hour which was sufficient to see it without to much dawdling. I'd suggest a little more time if...More

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 20 July 2017

it's free admission, you can spend 1-2 hours there, it also has a decent restaurant. but the museum close quite early, at 4pm. As we arrived at there already 3:30pm, so I can just walk around in a hurry speed, there are also some sculpture...More

1  Thank ELKW
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We were in town for our son's tournament and visited several attractions including the Art Center. We really enjoyed touring the center. We spoke with several of the "security" staff as we were making our way through the Center and they ended up being very...More

Thank DDowler
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Unique and delightful. Great staff, nice gift shop, a real chance to learn about the people coming to this part of the country.

Thank lovedeutschland
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The building was designed by three great architects which is reflected on the exterior as well as within the gallery spaces. The combination of art & architecture is fantastic. Add the outdoor sculptures and the nearby rose garden and that there is no admission, this...More

Thank busy_traveler
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5 July 2017|
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Response from Wanderlust777 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the collection includes pieces by internationally known artists; it is definitely not just a forum for local artists. It's true that the collection is not on the same scale as big city art museums, like Chicago's and... More
John L
28 June 2015|
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Response from MeganAtTheArtCenter | Property representative |
Nope! The Des Moines Art Center is always free to visit as is the Pappajohn Sculpture Park downtown. We hope to see you soon!