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Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
515 277 4405
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Ranked #4 of 23 Attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of the 19th and 20th...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Whittemore, Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

The featured exhibit was about Andy Warhol and Halston. Very interesting exhibit. I liked the Andy Warhol artwork the best. The rest of the museum also had many powerful pieces.

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St. Paul, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The building and its annexes have very interesting architecture, I thought it was worth visiting for that reason alone. The permanent collection is somewhat diverse, not focused too much on a particular era although there is quite a bit of modern art. On our visit the special exhibition was a combination of Andy Warhol art and Halston fashion (the two... More 

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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I went for a visit, knowing only about the Warhol/Halston exhibit. That exhibit was exceptional, but the rest left me rather wanting more. The museum's architecture was interestingly atypical (though cold and drafty in one part). The artwork is definitely geared toward modern and postmodern artists, which is definitely not my preference. It was nice to see some local artists... More 

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Des Moines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Best Art Center I've ever been too. The admission price is always free due to donors. Best kept secret in town.

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Chesterfield, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Des Moines Art Center is a unique experience. It is an adventure in architecture with buildings designed by Eliel Saarinen, I M Pei and Richard Meier. It is also an adventure in art with Picasso, Warhol, Monet and others along with a large modern collection. Of course you can’t beat the free admission. Photography is allowed throughout the museum. The... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We went to the Art center expecting more of a muesum experience I suppose, it's definatly for trendy newage art.. The exhibit at that time was of an African Artist who mostly made things out of shiny rappers and bottle caps. It was not our type of art.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The Des Moines Art Center is right next to the Des Moines Rose Garden in a residential community. It is a short drive from downtown and well worth a visit. Art enthusiasts get ready for a grand time! When you approach the building from down town, take the first entrance on the left b/c the next entrance will take you... More 

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La Grange, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This museum is far from the downtown attractions and make the trip only if you are into modern art. It is a free museum. Modern art always leaves me confused so I didn't spend a lot of time here. Very few people for a Sunday afternoon ... I counted 18 in the entire place excluding staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It is fun to visit Des Moines as all top attractions are "free" (excluding seasonal fairground). I did not expect there will be a museum, in mostly rural and no tourist destination like Iowa, built by world class architects and filled with world class arts. Layout itself is amazing and I wish they described more specifically like "Des Moines (Modern... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Whenever I want to be surrounded by beautiful art and sculpture, I head over to my favorite place in Des Moines - the Art Center. I have been coming to the Art Center since I was a little girl and have always come away enriched by the experience. The Calder mobile and that giant blue plug, as well as the... More 

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