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Des Moines Art Center

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Architecture is the best part

Not as great as bigger city's art collections, but the architecture is well worth the trip. If you... read more

Reviewed 9 January 2018
camille g
Des Moines, Iowa
Must go if u in Des moines

I liked it! The location is close to downtown with a free parking. Besides I ahd a lot of fun to... read more

Reviewed 8 January 2018
Desert G
Chicago, Illinois
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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...more
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4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Reviewed 9 January 2018

Not as great as bigger city's art collections, but the architecture is well worth the trip. If you look close enough you can see that the architect designed his initials INTO the building. Its free too. Some modern art is not for everyone but some...More

Thank camille g
Reviewed 8 January 2018

I liked it! The location is close to downtown with a free parking. Besides I ahd a lot of fun to visit the foil installations ! It was so fun to see Hopper and Picasso a Head of woman. besides the building itself its a...More

Thank Desert G
Reviewed 4 January 2018

This was our first trip to the Des Moines Art Center - but won't be the last! Their permanent collection is fabulous. The show we went for was terrific (drawings, etc). But what REALLY stood out was the staff! Every guard we encountered was extremely...More

Thank jimmylongoria
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the art and the specifically created exhibits and the movie. A great way to spend 2 or 3 hours.

Thank Marcus N
Reviewed 6 December 2017

We just toured that Art Center in November. There is an interesting display of plastic wrap that is a hanging tunnel for people to go through. Our young grandson was impressed with the displays. There are many other pieces of art that are changed from...More

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 2 December 2017

I love the Art Center! We are so lucky to have such a vibrant and diverse collection in Des Moines. The exhibitions are always so unique and a joy to view. The area outside of the Art Center is perfect for a stroll through the...More

1  Thank Erica C
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

Great place to take the family! Free admission. Some permanent works of art as well as touring art is at this facility. Clean. Plenty of parking. Friendly staff. Family friendly. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids. Even great to go alone and check out...More

1  Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 22 November 2017

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

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Reviewed 19 November 2017

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

1  Thank leighann0576
Reviewed 16 November 2017

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

1  Thank Cslaught
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Lauren H
23 May 2018|
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Response from MeganAtTheArtCenter | Property representative |
Great question! Docent-led tours of the Art Center are free and can be scheduled with three or more weeks advance notice. We also offer weekly drop-in tours of the museum on Saturdays at 1 pm. The Art Center has free... More
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!