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Des Moines Art Center

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Address: 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone Number: +1 515-277-4405
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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
Description: This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists...
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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An amazing place

The Des Moines Art Center is an amazing place that will educate and enchant anyone who visits. The collection and shows are first rate in every way. The gift shop is the perfect... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Des Moines Art Center is an amazing place that will educate and enchant anyone who visits. The collection and shows are first rate in every way. The gift shop is the perfect place to shop for friends. The restaurant is first rate and a favorite meeting place for locals. It is beautiful inside and out. Do go!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Enjoyable and approachable modern art collection. Beautiful architecture and wonderful grounds make this museum a great way to spend a few hours. Free docent tours on the weekend is a great plus.

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Boone
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30 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Much appreciated our return to the Des Moines Art Center. New exhibits as well as familiar ones. Older children searched for creative techniques, younger ones objects and possible background stories. Nice restaurant. Great outdoor sculptures. A treasure for the city. Look forward to another visit.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Wow is all I can say. This is a gem hidden in the heart of Des Moines. From the location in a park setting, to the building's architecture to the exhibitions this is one amazing place!

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Waukee, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

very nice place for a wedding... the rose garden.... beautiful... must see.. i believe there is a restaurant too.

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West Haven, Connecticut
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146 reviews 146 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

...but it was beautifully done! Not even everything was blooming, but it was great! Laid out nicely, pretty blooms, excellent space! Definitely stop by in summer!

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

My family and I all love the Des Moines Art Center!!!! The architecture itself and the grounds are stunning. the collection is as well. To top it all off, it's free, and not far off the dsm bikepaths. great for a rainy day, or combine it with a picknick ..

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MeganAtTheArtCenter, Social Media Manager at Des Moines Art Center, responded to this review

We're thrilled to hear that you and your family love the Art Center! Especially with summer weather just around the corner, there's no better time for a picnic in Greenwood Park. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The new exhibit is really cool! Using yarn, string, cloth, rope, etc., the results are amazing. They will give you a skein of yarn to take home and knit or crochet a square to be added to a final project. You request it at the info desk. The only drawback is the organization -- you can miss parts if you... More 

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MeganAtTheArtCenter, Social Media Manager at Des Moines Art Center, responded to this review

We're so excited to hear you enjoyed the Fiber exhibition, Naomi! It's the perfect time to explore every corner of the Art Center since the works are spread throughout. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

The art center and grounds are terrific, with Andrew Goldsworthy sculpture in the back, and a building put together by 3 different but fabulous architects. A very good collection for a small museum. If you become a member, you get to join in on all sorts of fun: openings, classes, lectures, film series, etc. But even without that you can... More 

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MeganAtTheArtCenter, Social Media Manager at Des Moines Art Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the lovely review! You touched on all our favorite parts of the Art Center—the architecture, our collection, the restaurant, our museum shop, and all of the exciting benefits of being an Art Center member. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I think the Des Moines Art Center is a real gem. It is focused on modern art, I would say from the impressionists and later. Even the buildings are art -- the original building as well as 2 additions were designed by famous architects. The galleries are very nice and the Art Center isalways revolving the displays as they own... More 

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MeganAtTheArtCenter, Social Media Manager at Des Moines Art Center, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words! We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit and couldn't agree more—the Art Center's buildings are the perfect works of art to compliment the collection. We hope to see you again soon! More 

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Additional Information about Des Moines Art Center

Address: Address: 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone Number: +1 515-277-4405
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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