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Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
515 277 4405
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Ranked #3 of 41 attractions in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Iowa City, Iowa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

This museum is not to be missed! What a wonderful collection, including some great contemporary pieces, and the past well represented. Picasso, Henry Moore, Julian Schnebel, Calder, Rothko, Bacon, Grant Wood, the list goes on. Well curated, wonderful presentation, very knowledgeable staff. And make sure you have lunch in the excellent restaurant!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Every trip is made so much better when art is part of the trip. We visited this center and two galleries nearby. We brought home something that will help us never forget the time we had.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Made a special trip to Des Moines to see an exhibit by El Anatsui. We saw a few works by him a couple of years ago and decided that if there was an exhibit of his works within 500 miles we would visit it. It was a great exhibit in an excellent venue. We were impressed with the size and... More

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Urbandale, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Enjoyed a lovely afternoon studying the works of El Anatsui from Africa. Had amazing conversation with Milton Burno on the 3rd floor. Viewed his artwork too, that he began at the age of 60 years young. Very knowledgeable man about the art pieces. Relaxed in the restaurant for a tasty lunch. Catlin was our waitress and she has a delightful... More

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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18 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

We drove from Chicago to Des Moines just for this museum and it was 100% worth it. It's a really wonderful space -- designed by 3 different architects. The building itself is art! All the staff is very knowledgable, friendly, and accessible. Definitely worth a trip!

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fort dodge
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

First thing, we were not greeted at the door, nor were we explained the rules and the rules are NOT clearly posted. The rules are on a small plastic display on the front desk. I had to look for them after going through the center. The guards, I mean staff, think they are with the secret service with their radios... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

An intimate art center with done wonderful art. Some renovation going on when I visited. I have been to several art centers throughout the US and if I didn't live here I probably wouldn't make a special trip.

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Boone, Iowa
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9 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I love everything about the art center. I love the landscaping making it a lovely park in the summer, I love the exhibits, I love the free movies. The people who work there, work awfully hard to make it a wonderful experience for you. Took pottery classes here as s child, lots of fun!

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Unfortunately, this fine museum is located outside of Des Moines, but has a very interesting collection housed in a beautiful setting and building. Budget a half day and have lunch at their very nice restaurant.

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Sunnyvale, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Not your largest art museum but nicely done. Went with our grand daughter who has gone a few times before so it seems they are pretty active rotating in different works for viewing. As many of the previous reviews noted the security is very visible and can come across as not very friendly. One exception was "Milton" who was friendly... More

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