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Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Significant art and architecture

This is a must-see only about 2.5 miles west of the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden downtown. It’s also... read more

Reviewed 12 August 2017
West Lafayette
Quick trip

I don't consider myself to be "artsy" but I enjoyed this place. Both abstract and realism so... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Diane S
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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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4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Reviewed 12 August 2017

This is a must-see only about 2.5 miles west of the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden downtown. It’s also free with ample free parking. It may be unique among art museums in the way it has (successfully) combined architecture by three noted architects: Eliel Saarinen designed the...More

Thank Mack3065
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

I don't consider myself to be "artsy" but I enjoyed this place. Both abstract and realism so everyone should find something to appreciate. We only had an hour which was sufficient to see it without to much dawdling. I'd suggest a little more time if...More

Thank Diane S
Reviewed 20 July 2017

it's free admission, you can spend 1-2 hours there, it also has a decent restaurant. but the museum close quite early, at 4pm. As we arrived at there already 3:30pm, so I can just walk around in a hurry speed, there are also some sculpture...More

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Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

We were in town for our son's tournament and visited several attractions including the Art Center. We really enjoyed touring the center. We spoke with several of the "security" staff as we were making our way through the Center and they ended up being very...More

Thank DDowler
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Unique and delightful. Great staff, nice gift shop, a real chance to learn about the people coming to this part of the country.

Thank lovedeutschland
Reviewed 10 July 2017

The building was designed by three great architects which is reflected on the exterior as well as within the gallery spaces. The combination of art & architecture is fantastic. Add the outdoor sculptures and the nearby rose garden and that there is no admission, this...More

Thank busy_traveler
Reviewed 8 July 2017

The complex building is superb and the collection is too. You wouldn't expect so much masterpieces in such a "regional museum" and I don't understand why it isn't better known. Who says there is nothing to see in Iowa???

Thank Jurgen B
Reviewed 27 June 2017

The Des Moines Art Center surely must be on your list of attractions to visit in Des Moines. It's collection is very decent. Location is great, right in a beautiful park and in a nice neighborhood too. But the main feature is architecture. Three most...More

Thank vladimir70
Reviewed 20 May 2017

I have lived in Des Moines for over 20 years and this was my first visit. I did not make it through the entire center but it does have good art. The current exhibition is sketches and drawings. There are plaques on the wall to...More

Thank torpdo
Reviewed 8 May 2017

We have visited galleries in various cities in the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. The Des Moines Art Center is not large, but I was surprised to see work by Warhol, Courbet, Hopper, Moore, and Picasso in a relatively small museum in America's Heartland....More

Thank OldFinn0914
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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!