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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 44 Attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Owner description: This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keefe and... more » 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. « less
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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you're a fan of mostly modern and contemporary art, the Des Moines Art Center may be just for you. It's a large enough museum for most people to get their fix of fine art for a couple of hours. Some paintings by some very well-known artists (Bellows, Singer Sargent, O' Keefe, Johns, Dubuffet, and Matisse) are definitely there along... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I was quite surprised by the extensive collection at this museum. It is a relatively small museum, but there is really more to meet the eye than expected. There are permanent collections as well as special exhibits. The lady at the reception desk made me feel right at home and thanked me when I put a small donation in the... More

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South Hadley
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Before I had to leave Des Moines after a week of training, I had the chance to visit this very nice museum. There's world-class art inside but it is of a manageable scale and can be viewed in an afternoon. I loved the setting and lay-out of the museum itself which provides a lovely environment for the art and adds... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Not only is this building filled with an amazing selection of art, but the grounds are as well. Multiple outside pieces to enjoy as well as the rose garden. I have been coming here since I was just a small child because there is always old favorite and something new. They are open on weekends til the afternoon as well... More

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Winter Haven, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

They have a regular exhibit which are always good to see. I went there by myself and had time to appreciate the art in display. The receptionist was helpful in providing information. Don't miss this center when you are in Des Moines.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We took our kids here last year (teenage boys) and we all agreed it is a fantastic place to visit. We are not huge art fans, but this place is truly amazing and it's just the right size for someone who may be overwhelmed by larger venues. There is a sculpture section that's especially fun to see. There is also... More

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