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“the place where security looks at you more than you look at the art...”

Des Moines Art Center
Ranked #8 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 September 17, 2013

the art was for the most part not my style, meaning there are things like a pile of sunflower seeds on the ground or 2 metal rings glued to each other on a wall. & i understand that at all art museums, there is security wandering around to make sure no one does anything crazy but this place is probably the worst. most (not all) of the security people follow you & watch you like creepers. if you want better art in Des Moines & you don't want to be followed, go check out Pappajohn Sculpture Park located downtown...

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Reviewed September 12, 2013

A great mix of art from around the world and different periods. You can wander the exhibits at your own pace, and staff is on hand if you have any questions

Thank AdamB16
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

Ok, I was an art student and studied modern art, etc. so I know how to appreciate it and what to look for and all that. That said I thought this museum was full of stuff that just looked like trash, just a bunch of stuff not even worth more than a glance really. Like some other reviewers I thought the staff was extremely snobby and the even the guards were grumpy. It was boring and we walked through it in about 30 minutes.

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This city art museum, located in buildings designed by I.M. Pei, Eliel Saarinen and Richard Meier, has an interesting and eclectic collection of art as well as special exhibits. Through September 22, 2013 you can see, for example, an interesting body of work by Phyllida Barlow entitled "Scree." Outdoor sculptures connect the museum to the related Pappajohn Sculpture Park about 3 miles down the street. One big bonus is that admission is free! There is also a cafe with interesting and delicious soups, salads, desserts and drinks.

Thank Michele-Chris M
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

First of all I don't know [--] about art but the pieces here were a bit boring for me or I just didn't get it. A lot of stuff I felt like a 10 year could make/paint. That being said there is a lovely outdoor rose garden, fountain and restaurant, and some outdoor sculptures which I enjoyed.

Thank Vanessa P
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