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Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Address: 1400 Grand Ave, Between 13th St and 15th Street on Grand, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone Number: 515.237.1431
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Ranked #4 of 30 Attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 am

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Omaha, Nebraska
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Gorgegous open area in downtown Des Moines with amazing sculptures and rolling landscape. Found it while walking from our hotel to the local brewery and was very happy to enjoy the art!!

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My wife and I stopped at a Subway that sits across the street only to discover that we were right next to this sculpture park. We took a quick stroll through here after we finished eating and discovered a lot of modern but very interesting sculptures. If you're into photography at all you'll want to spend some time here. The... More 

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Sheldon, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

A very nice venue for seeing art. An outdoor exhibition that allows you to walk around and become intimate with the pieces.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I loved the sculpture park, it made for some wonderful photos and memories! I took many pictures paying close attnetion the the city scapes behind the photos - very fun!

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Urbandale, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Its fun to walk around the block and trails looking at the pieces. It is well lighted for night viewing which lends another experience.

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Wichita, Kansas
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25 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The sculpture park in downtown Des Moines is a nice surprise and asset to the area. The chic urban park provides a nice diversion from the typical downtown buildings. The green space and sculptures break up the monotony of buildings constructed up to the right of way and provide an attractive area. The park is a nice gift to the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Well worth a visit, be sure to pick up a 'map' of each sculpture which will guide you through the artist, where he/she is from and the name of the sculpture. The box for the maps is located on the Northeast corner of the park. If there are none located there, the Des Moines Art Center also have these maps... More 

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Avon, Indiana
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

We weren't expecting much as we decided to swing by here since we were driving through. There is this prism thing in the middle that was cool. Also on the far corner of the park is an old car shop full of old American antiques that still ride.

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Des Moines
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The debris looks like it belongs in a scrap iron yard. i can't believe that someone would pay for that junk. There's a sucker born every moment I guess.

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minnesota
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

The sculpture garden is filled with many modern art sculptures that you would not expect to see together in an open area in downtown Des Moines. We are talking about art work made by artists like de Kooning. Nicely maintained and clean- a nice place for a stroll and to get outside

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