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Des Moines Art Center

Closed Now: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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We were never to Des Moines before and we are real art lovers. We thought Des Moines was going to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Pam B
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Free and manageable

It's a great place to go on a regular basis as the exhibits are constantly changing. Great for a... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
Todd D
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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...more
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4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My wife and I enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere to view the collections. This is a great resource that is otherwise funded and provided free to all residents. There are several interesting pieces and a few outstanding works. We especially enjoyed the Mississippi river piece. We...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were never to Des Moines before and we are real art lovers. We thought Des Moines was going to be way rural feeling and wow, were we surprised!! This art center was excellent. Many well known artist and very contemporary. I love contemporary!! The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pam B
Reviewed November 3, 2018

It's a great place to go on a regular basis as the exhibits are constantly changing. Great for a rainy day, or as in our case, a hot day. Not at all crowded, so you could take your time. Not huge, so you can get...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Todd D
Reviewed October 5, 2018

It has a nice variety of art genres for a local art museum. It is free with free parking. You can't beat that.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Enjoy visiting the always changing electic artsy collections. A very nice facility!! We have also attended a few weddings on the gorgeous grounds! A great place to spend an afternoon!!

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Deb S
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Go for a wonderful art museum experience. The collection is surprisingly impressive. The buildings are art treasures as well. Give yourself time to soak it all in.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank alzwinick
Reviewed August 28, 2018

This is not a huge museum, nor is it comprehensive. However, it is possible to get a reasonable look at their exhibits in 60-90", which worked for us. It is not overwhelming, but neither is it a disappointment. A number of major artist's works are...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our recent visit. They had pretty extensive exhibit of contemporary art plus very focused collection of most 20th century American art. The collection isn't deep but they have 1 or 2 paintings from several different notable artists. Entry is free but leave a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Int_Bus_Travel
Reviewed August 20, 2018

Free admission. Leave a donation! Make sure to tour the entire building, as the back section is the best by I.M. Pei - also the water element is a nice touch. There is a restaurant area outside to take a break, (although it is not...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

There's not a bad seat in the house here. Every seat has a clear view of the stage and the sound is excellent anywhere in the room. I hate going to stadium shows because you're often so far from the stage that you can hardly...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Lauren H
May 22, 2018|
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Response from MeganAtTheArtCenter | Property representative |
Great question! Docent-led tours of the Art Center are free and can be scheduled with three or more weeks advance notice. We also offer weekly drop-in tours of the museum on Saturdays at 1 pm. The Art Center has free... More
July 4, 2017|
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Response from Wanderlust777 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, the collection includes pieces by internationally known artists; it is definitely not just a forum for local artists. It's true that the collection is not on the same scale as big city art museums, like Chicago's and... More
John L
June 28, 2015|
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Response from MeganAtTheArtCenter | Property representative |
Nope! The Des Moines Art Center is always free to visit as is the Pappajohn Sculpture Park downtown. We hope to see you soon!
Travel Forum Posts
Madison, WI
Does anyone remember Jo Hipler, the artist from Big Pine? (0 Replies)
She had a studio at her home on Big Pine Key and Tomahawk WI. She had displays at Key West Art Center and East Martello Gallery.
October 18, 2009|
Boston, Massachusetts
One day in Denver, no car, what should I see? (1 Replies)
Thanks in advance for any information. I will have one day in Denver and am looking for advice on what to do with myself. I will be staying near the DPAC (Denver Performing Art Center) and I will not have a car. Thanks again.
June 24, 2016|
Response fromShellKing|
If it were me: The Colorado History Museum, Rockies baseball game, REI flagship store and kayak watching at the nearby river. All would be walking distance or free 16th street Mall Shuttle.
new york
Garden Pier (2 Replies)
Does anyone know if the Garden Pier has reopened yet? With all this so-called new DO AC advertising and political bull, it seems a disgrace if the Museum and Art Center are not open for prime summer season. Or, is this part of the plan?
July 08, 2012|
Response fromACBailey|
The renovation was scheduled for completion before Memorial Day weekend. Like most other AC projects it is behind schedule. The chain link fence is blocking the entrance and there is very little construction activity going on. Last week I noticed a few workmen working on the exterior stucco walls. Maybe it will be finished for NEXT summer.