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Des Moines Art Center

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Address: 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
Phone Number: 515 277 4405
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11:00 am - 9:00 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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If you like feeling uncomfortable and unwanted

Tried a couple times in the past. Was forced to be there again recently. A bunch of rude, pretentious, liberal "elitist" (elitist only in their own minds) glaring at you with... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Tried a couple times in the past. Was forced to be there again recently. A bunch of rude, pretentious, liberal "elitist" (elitist only in their own minds) glaring at you with sour-puss faces and following you around like little KGB agents. No greeting, no offering you small talk or information about any art piece, no good bye or thank you... More 

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

My companions greatly enjoyed their visit to this museum. I prefer landscapes, portraits and artwork that I don't have to figure out what the artist is trying to portray... so this was not my kind of art museum.

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Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I love everything about the Des Moines Art Center. First of all, the building is a work of art itself, designed by three world-renowned architects. Read more about that here: http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/about/architecture.aspx It is set in Greenwood Park, which is another noteworthy destination. The art works are very impressive for a city the size of Des Moines, and include paintings by... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

I enjoy how the Des Moines Art Center makes art available to ALL comers with its free entry policy. The have wonderful exhibition openings that allow you to share the local enthusiasm for the arts. I like some of the art works lounging in the storage areas, but am never disappointed with what I find to ponder currently on the... More 

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Whittemore, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

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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