World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, Des Moines: Hours, Address, World Food Prize Hall of Laureates Reviews: 4.5/5

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates
4.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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The Norman E. Borlaug Hall of Laureates - home of The World Food Prize - is a public museum, educational facility and a place of inspiration for all. This magnificently restored Beaux Arts space celebrates the spirit of giving, emphasizing the importance of global food security.
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Cslaught
Farmington, MN69 contributions
Feb 2020
If you are near or in Des Moines, don't miss this wonderful place. It's a combination of museum, active educational center, community, state and national gathering place to honor the World Food Prize Laureates and the creators of all that honors agriculture! The interior of the old Des Moines Public Library has been transformed and remodeled into a beautiful building that makes us all proud. The docents we had on the main floor and upper floor were so informed and eager to tell the story. Don't miss taking time for this wonderful place.
Written February 24, 2020
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ERK
Des Moines, Iowa, United States16 contributions
Nov 2019
These guys are focused on feeding the world! The agricultural processes that we rely on here in Iowa are not sustainable for keeping the world fed. These guys are way out there on determining how to accomplish this. Their mission is going to become more and more important as a result of global warming. Worth the vist.
Written February 23, 2020
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jameslouie
Decorah, IA342 contributions
Dec 2019
I was very impressed with the WORLD FOOD PRIZE HALL of LAUREATES. This is now located in the old Des Moines Public Library.
I was here on a Tuesday and took a tour. Our guide, Ms. Grabow was friendly and very informative.
PLEASE take your time and find out about IOWAN, NORMAN BORLAUG who won the Nobel Peace prize.
The restoration of this remarkable landmark was done with care and attention to detail.
IOWA has been a WORLD wide leader in agriculture and the leaders from around the world that have visited IOWA is outstanding.
Written December 19, 2019
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KCZAQT
Iowa City, IA40 contributions
Jul 2019
This building is beautiful, even to the untrained architectural eye. My favorite place were the gardens outside- beautifully landscaped with lots of plant variety. And the gardens are a great place to practice photography

It is a quick visit unless you're here for an event as there isn't a lot of information around and not much to do.
Written September 4, 2019
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PieterImhof1
Hoevelaken, The Netherlands194 contributions
Jul 2019 • Business
We were here for a reception in the hall and one of the spacious rooms. Atmosphere is ok, but there was not that much to see/do
Written July 15, 2019
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moudan
Columbia, MD111 contributions
Apr 2019 • Business
This was once the Des Moines Public Library but has been renovated into a shrine for the late Norman Borlaug and other agricultural scientists whose work have literally saved billions from starvation. The decor is simply unbelievable, with gorgeous woodwork, stained glass windows and murals painted by WPA artists. But the message of global aid and engagement is the most important facet of the building. Recommended for all ages, from grade school student to retirees. Nothing like it anywhere else in the world.
Written May 26, 2019
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kay13_226
Columbus, GA22 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
I went to this building as a child to go to the library and absolutely loved it! I'm glad that the building has been restored and kept in the same condition.
Written March 28, 2019
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maryIowa
Des Moines, IA68 contributions
Apr 2018
I remember going to this building when it was the library. It was beautiful then and still is with the remodel!! We were given a tour and it sure brought back memories. It is a real gem that we should all be very proud of!!!
Written December 13, 2018
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travelingfool49
State College, PA171 contributions
Oct 2018 • Business
The docents are wonderful and can tell the story behind both the World Food Prize and all the details of the building. If you are interested in agriculture and food security, this is a stop that can’t be missed!
Written October 23, 2018
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Mary K
38 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
We have seen the sign for World Food Prize but had no idea what it was about. The Hall of Laureates is about the recipients of the World Food Prize and ideas about agriculture and how it effects us all. You can take guided tours on Tuesdays or self guided on Saturday mornings. The paintings in the Iowa Gallery were interesting. Definitely ask a docent to tell you the stories about them. Also, ask about the view from the ladies bathroom. The 40 Chances exhibit was eye opening and takes you beyond basic perceptions of other cultures with pictures. The crop sculptures in the rotunda were unique. I was so taken with the ceiling that I didn’t see them at first. I'm really glad we went.
Written October 20, 2018
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World Food Prize Hall of Laureates is open:
  • Tue - Tue 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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