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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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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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

I have an avid art lover who truly enjoyed our time walking through the art center. The staff is very friendly & knowledgable. I've heard the food at the cafe is good but have yet to visit it- it's on my to-do list. Stop in & check it out.

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

We're so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to the Art Center! Lunch at Baru at the Art Center is a great compliment to your visit, and they're open Tuesday – Saturday until 2 pm. We hope to see you back again for more strolls & some lunch soon! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

What an awesome art museum. Art from Picasso, Warhol, Monet, and the list goes on. Definitely the Midwest's best kept secret. The architectute of the building is pretty phenomenal as well. Milton L Bunce Jr.- (Protection Services) was very helpful in describing the artwork and artist. The employees there really know what they are talking about here. I can't wait... 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 you enjoyed your visit to the Des Moines Art Center. Milton is a great asset to our security team and we're happy to hear he was so helpful during your visit. We hope to see you back again soon! More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

My now wife while visiting from Romania was astonished to see a metal sculpture from a famous Romanian who have lived in Paris. They have several other name brand artists. An exemplary modern wing, but I'm a fan of the classics. Gorgeous grounds including outdoor sculptures.

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

Thanks so much for the great review, Randy! We're so glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Art Center and took so many lovely photos of the grounds. Thanks for sharing them & we hope to see you again soon. More 

Overland Park, Kansas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Fabulous architecture, famous artists displayed, and friendly staff that love to share information with you. A great surprise in a well-established part of town.

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

Thanks for visiting! We're so glad you enjoyed your time at the Art Center. We hope to have you back again soon! More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I really enjoyed my time at the art museum. The artwork is spread out into three different buildings and you can follow the flow through the buildings very well. They had lots of unique pieces and a surprising number of pieces by well known artists. Great display for a smaller U.S. City!

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

Thanks for visiting, Cassie! We're glad to hear that the Art Center is one of your favorite museums and so happy you appreciated the collection. We hope to see you back in Des Moines soon! More 

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93 reviews 93 reviews
30 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Great modern art collection with regular special exhibits. Our grandson attends art classes for pre-schoolers. Easy parking.

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

Thanks so much for the kind words! We hope your grandson enjoys his art class & that we'll see you back at the Art Center soon! More 

Blue Grass, Iowa
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49 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
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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DesMoinesArtCenter, Social Media Manager at Des Moines Art Center, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting! We really appreciate your kind words about the Art Center and its collection, even if modern art isn't your cup of tea. We hope to see you back again soon! More 

Indianola, Iowa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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DesMoinesArtCenter, Social Media Manager at Des Moines Art Center, responded to this review

Oh gosh, you're making us blush! Thanks so much for your kind words about the Art Center. You touched on all of our favorite things about the Art Center, especially our free, member-supported admission. Thanks again & we hope to see you back again soon! More 

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

Thanks so much for your kind words, Kathie! Free, member-supported admission is one of our favorite things about the Art Center as well. Our permanent collection pieces on display change pretty frequently so we hope to see you back again soon! More 

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