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Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Open Now: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
Open today: 6:00 am - 12:00 am
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Interesting place

Pretty cool not something you see everyday - this was a serendipitous visit and it was pretty cool... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Joseph P
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Always a favorite

We are Des Moines residents and we love the sculpture park. My husband and I waked around the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Des Moines, Iowa
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Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by 22 of the world's most celebrated artists. The 4.4 Acre park, located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, creates a pedestrian friendly...more
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1330 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316-3800
+1 515-277-4405
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pretty cool not something you see everyday - this was a serendipitous visit and it was pretty cool to see - give it a look when your in town!

Thank Joseph P
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We are Des Moines residents and we love the sculpture park. My husband and I waked around the sculpture park after our first date, took some of our engagement pictures here, and walk our dogs here. It doesn’t matter how many times we go it’s...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

there was quite an array of art ... right in the middle of the city!! The descriptions were a nice bonus. Park was clean.

Thank AmyJune H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the finest exhibits of outdoor sculpture art anywhere in the nation. It's in the heart of downtown Des Moines and area undergoing a tremendous rent Renaissance. And on top of all of that it's completely free. If you're visiting Des Moines...More

Thank diehardcowboy
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Amazing moden sculptures ! Even saw a wedding happening beneath one. Varied mediums, themes & colors. Impressive use of city space. Peaceful & inviting.

Thank Iheartkitties
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We all know that Iowa is known for our boring entertainment and experiences. However, Pappajohn Sculpture Park makes everyone re-think about Iowa's creativity environment and progressive arts.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the moonrise east and moonrise west sculpture the best.. White ghost was next. September there was a world festival. Love city park with the water troughs. Kids love playing in them.

Thank Marie B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife & I visited Pappajohn Sculpture Park on a cloudy day in September. The Park is an extension of the equally visit-worthy Des Moines Arts Center, affording space for display of larger sculptural pieces of their collection in a very attractive outdoor green space....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just a lovely area in which to enjoy the outdoors near the public library, coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, offices and downtown Farmer’s Market & art fairs!

Thank Becci W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Give your negative politics a rest- if you have any about the owner of Papa John's and enjoy a great place for a walk. You can dine at several nearby restaurants or an ice cream store and then take 45 minutes out of an evening...More

Thank Cliff K
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Jack S
23 August 2016|
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Response from MeganAtTheArtCenter | Property representative |
Great question! Since the Pappajohn Sculpture Park is technically a city park, dogs are more than welcome.
2 August 2016|
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Response from MeganAtTheArtCenter | Property representative |
Great question! The area is well-lit at night including street lights as well as individual spotlights on a number of the sculptures in the park.
Lou F
9 April 2016|
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Response from Jenny201110 | Reviewed this property |
There are parking meter parking around the park, free on weekend.