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Pappajohn Sculpture Park

1400 Grand Ave, Between 13th St and 15th Street on Grand, Des Moines, IA 50309
515.237.1431
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Ranked #4 of 44 Attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
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Wisconsin
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102 reviews 102 reviews
36 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This is a lively spot on a summer Saturday night. So glad I had my camera to get some shots of the lighted sculpture against the indigo sky.

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La Grange, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Close to downtown attraction, a nice walk from river. The grounds were immaculate, and the brochures here gave assistance to learn about the park and each piece of work by dialing a number on your phone. I was the only one here, but that was because it was 9 a.m. after breakfast. It is a small park with about 25... More

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xxx
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351 reviews 351 reviews
100 attraction reviews
816 helpful votes 816 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It is fun to visit Des Moines as all top attractions are "free" (excluding seasonal fairground). You will have a lot of photo opportunities with strange looking but interesting sculpture spreading all across the park. Take time to sit down, enjoy artwork around the world and check "cool" neighborhood in Des Moines.

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Boone
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

How accessible and impressive we found this sculpture park to be. Download the guide from the Des Moines Art Center web site, to know more about the sculptors, and to enable you to make the experience fun for any young people you might have in your party. Fabulous experience. If you go near noon, take a lunch and enjoy the... More

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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36 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I'm glad we stopped here, it was really funky. The grass was a bit wet and smelled strange in area's, but other than that it was worth the visit. They have some really interesting pieces of art.

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Ames, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Fun, interesting place with a lot of sculptures. Great place for creative photo session. It is suitable for all ages. Definitely recommended for an evening walk.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Nice variety of sculptures - interesting for all ages and great for pictures. I have been here many times. Great during the day or at night. Stay for 20 minutes or several hours.

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marrsamuse
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Beautiful green space, with sculptures by various artists. The Pappajohns have good taste, and if you don't like one work, you're going to enjoy the next 10. Everyone gets a photo with the letter man (not the exact title, but you'll know what I mean). Kids through adults love visiting this park, and it's right near the Des Moines Public... More

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Yeppoon, Australia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

A nice relaxing place to walk around and absorb the quirky and abstract artwork that surrounds the park. A great place to snap one of a kind photos, definitely worth a stop.

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Dallas, Texas
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94 reviews 94 reviews
34 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I enjoyed my walk around this downtown garden. Very interesting sculptures. Nice place to stop and have a sack lunch in the middle of the city.

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