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Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Very Small Museum...

I found this to be a very small museum with a small collection of items. I was here for the Monet... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Indianapolis, Indiana
First Fridays at the Art Center

We attended First Fridays: Los Saltinos at the Des Moines Art Center this summer. The art center... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Des Moines, Iowa
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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 designed by a celebrated architect: Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier.
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  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Reviewed yesterday

I found this to be a very small museum with a small collection of items. I was here for the Monet, but it was on tour. It would be nice if there was an update on the museum's web site. There are some nice works...More

Thank Zebra_45678
Reviewed 3 days ago

We attended First Fridays: Los Saltinos at the Des Moines Art Center this summer. The art center offered live music in the courtyard before a tour of the art center. We enjoyed our experience and it was a beautiful summer night. We spent 2-3 hours...More

Thank leighann0576
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best small museums in the country. The Drawing in Space exhibit is great. Docents were wonderful at giving information about the installation. All 3 parts of the building are so different and so fascinating. The permanent collection displays are outstanding....More

Thank Cslaught
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Des Moines Art Center is an fine museum specializing in 20th and 21st Century American art. It has a curatorial/administrative staff who are committed to bringing engaging contemporary art to Des Moines. Great temporary exhibits!

Thank Randal C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed the Drawing in Space exhibit - tapes and plastics made for some interesting visuals. There were all types of art, so there was something for everyone. We also walked in the rose garden - someone was having their wedding photos done.

Thank Melinda D
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We have been checking out many things since moving to Des Moines. The Art Center was pleasant surprise (having been to many museums worldwide). Their collection is inspiring and fairly varied. There was a nice traveling exhibit during our visit as well. We will be...More

Thank TomHurley
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We really enjoy stopping here when we are visiting our son at college. The grounds are always beautiful. We love the rose garden and the sculptures on the grounds. The staff is helpful and engaging which we really appreciate as our kids always have lots...More

Thank Travelergirlfrom1972
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I'm a regular visitor and cannot say enough good things. An impressive collection housed in a gorgeous and interesting modern building. You can view the majority of the collection in a few hours. If weather allows, definitely spend some time on the grounds. Check ahead...More

Thank FlyoverFoodie
Reviewed 7 September 2017

This is an outstanding feature for the city of Des Moines. The architecture is beautiful with a variety of styles. It has the feel of a big city museum yet has an intimate layout of space and comfort. World known artist's works of various periods...More

Thank Mary Jo J
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

The buildings alone are worth the visit. Someone in Des Moines had vision. The featured exhibition, Ruptures, is deep. I have shared my experiences in that show w my friends. It is a mind twister that keeps me pondering. Their contemporary collection is filled with...More

Thank Mary F
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5 July 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
28 June 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!