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Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Open Now: 6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Open today: 6:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Great place for quick pics

This is always a fun place to take some pictures , no matter which season. It’s lit at night to... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Unique attraction

Unique sculpture park, surprisingly located right in the downtown area. Easily accessible by foot... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by 22 of the world's most celebrated artists. The 4.4 Acre park, located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, creates a pedestrian friendly...more
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1330 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316-3800
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is always a fun place to take some pictures , no matter which season. It’s lit at night to enjoy sculptures.

Thank kellllybird
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unique sculpture park, surprisingly located right in the downtown area. Easily accessible by foot or vehicle. And it's free!

Thank bgrhu
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have time, definitely visit. Amazing structures with great stories and some decent exercise getting around too. So many sculptures and fun pictures to take, give yourself plenty of time to see everything.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I walked here from my hotel just hoping to get some fresh air and enjoy the afternoon. I was very impressed when I first walked up and I really enjoyed my time looking at the sculptures.

Thank summerluvn
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most of these sculptures came from a private collection that was donated to the city. Some of them are a little strange. Beautiful park like setting.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Pretty cool not something you see everyday - this was a serendipitous visit and it was pretty cool to see - give it a look when your in town!

Thank Joseph P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are Des Moines residents and we love the sculpture park. My husband and I waked around the sculpture park after our first date, took some of our engagement pictures here, and walk our dogs here. It doesn’t matter how many times we go it’s...More

Thank brietzke
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

there was quite an array of art ... right in the middle of the city!! The descriptions were a nice bonus. Park was clean.

Thank AmyJune H
Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the finest exhibits of outdoor sculpture art anywhere in the nation. It's in the heart of downtown Des Moines and area undergoing a tremendous rent Renaissance. And on top of all of that it's completely free. If you're visiting Des Moines...More

Thank diehardcowboy
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Amazing moden sculptures ! Even saw a wedding happening beneath one. Varied mediums, themes & colors. Impressive use of city space. Peaceful & inviting.

Thank Iheartkitties
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Jack S
August 22, 2016|
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Response from MeganAtTheArtCenter | Property representative |
Great question! Since the Pappajohn Sculpture Park is technically a city park, dogs are more than welcome.
August 2, 2016|
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Response from MeganAtTheArtCenter | Property representative |
Great question! The area is well-lit at night including street lights as well as individual spotlights on a number of the sculptures in the park.
Lou F
April 8, 2016|
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Response from Jenny201110 | Reviewed this property |
There are parking meter parking around the park, free on weekend.