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“Lots to see and if it's around lunch, eat!”

Des Moines Art Center
Ranked #6 of 72 things to do in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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.
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Museum is composed of three architecturally significant buildings (Saarinnen, Pie and Graves) with an art collection veering on near modern. Grounds have several wonderful art installations. Cafe is open for lunch M-F; very well-prepared lunch fare with soups, salds, sandwhiches.

Thank notbeenthere_11
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"nice gift shop"
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"small restaurant"
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

If you've never visited the Des Moines Art Center, you WILL be pleasantly surprised. Cutting edge acquisitions, international art, beautiful building. NIce restaurant too! And don't forget to visit the downtown sculpture park!

Thank Julia W
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

We really had a wonderful time and very well put together. The staff were really helpful and pretty close from the downtown area. Just a fun time by all.

Thank mlickne1
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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Every part of the museum is well done. There are new exhibits by current artists always being brought in. The community outreach events appeal to a large range of people. Some events are more adult friendly, and others are more child centric. The classes are well taught and the gift shop has a full range of prices.

Thank Michelle L
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have visited the Des Monies Art Center many times. The collection is great for lovers of Modern and Contemporary art.

The art collection is really enjoyable for children in that it is filled with unusual items that generates a giggle and might inspire a young person to become engaged in the world of art.

Architect fans will enjoy the works of Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. The Meier section of the buildings is worth the visit in itself. The Meier section feels like a mini version of the High Museum in Atlanta and lovers of the Getty LA will enjoy feeling the Meier's professional growth as a visitor.

The price is right. The museum is completely accessible for individuals.

Thank azkremer
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