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Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
515 277 4405
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Ranked #5 of 23 Attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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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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Bridgeport, Connecticut
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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91 reviews 91 reviews
16 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
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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125 attraction reviews
249 helpful votes 249 helpful votes
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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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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95 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Virginia Beach, Virginia
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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38 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
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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