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Des Moines Art Center

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Address: 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
Phone Number: +1 515-277-4405
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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

This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of...

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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It's the place to be!

I'd last been there over 50 years ago, when it was first build and had mostly modern art. I remember thinking at the time, "Why can't American art museums have more pictures... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'd last been there over 50 years ago, when it was first build and had mostly modern art. I remember thinking at the time, "Why can't American art museums have more pictures?" Let's just say, what an improvement! The building is lovely, the docents are friendly and informative, and if you love art, you will feel right at home. I... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently had the opportunity to return to the town of my birth which was more years ago than I care to remember. I was astounded to see the transformation that has taken place in Des Moines. One of the finest examples would be the Des Moines Art Center. The galleries are superb and the works on display were equally... More 

Thank demarsh2016
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was planned when I was born. Three incredible architects are represented here over time : Meier, Pei & Saarinen The setting is rolling and in the woods. Of course, many artists are exhibited here during different periods of the year. I find these places to be very soothing, as I did at the Getty in Los Angeles. Go....you'll be... More 

Thank BarryANulph
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Coming from Chicago, and used to the the famous Art Institute I thought I would visit this "cute little museum" and see what they had. I was blown away! This is a top-notch art center with works that the greatest museums of the world would envy--Hopper, Rodin, O'Keefe (unfortunately on loan while I was there), etc. Great breadth, even though... More 

Thank Jeordano M
Lawrence, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently, I was back in Des Moines after my initial visit 25 years ago. Then, as now, the Des Moines Arts Center is a delight. What an impressive art collection, especially their wonderful installation pieces; that they allow so much room for large art pieces is really cool. And, if all the art and the beautiful setting weren't enough, it's... More 

Thank AirJanet
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first art show here in Des Moines and I enjoyed it. There was plenty of exhibits and food. My most favorite was a bullet artist who made art out of ammo. I also enjoyed the photographers being a little amateur myself. This is something I would go to eat year, and the city did a great job... More 

Thank Alanda L
Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with my family today. Very pleasant surprise on how it kept everyone's attention and had a little bit of everything for everyone. Some of the pieces are very thought provoking and some of the digital pieces really get you thinking about the artist and what their goals were. Look forward to visiting again in the future!

Thank James G
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

This museum is definitely for those who enjoy more contemporary art. I am more of an old-school art person, so there wasn't much for me there in the perm collection. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the current exhibit from Glenn Brown; it really got my friend and I talking, as some of the pieces were quite intriguing. The best... More 

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Lincoln, NE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We were pleasantly surprised by the Center. The buildings complement the art and create a nice traffic flow. The artwork was not extensive, but was of high quality and well presented. A great way to spend a couple of hours!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

I stopped in with my 10 year old daughter last week. We have both been to the art center many times over the years. I like that it's free and easy to stop in. My daughter has taken several kid's classes there as well, which are always great. Since I was in last, they have a work by Edward Hopper... More 


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