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“First Fridays at the Art Center”

Des Moines Art Center
Ranked #7 of 54 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 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 for this event, and we would recommend to others to visit during First Fridays next summer!

1  Thank leighann0576
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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. We had lunch at the center and it was delicious. What a great place to spend as many hours as you have to enjoy it!

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Reviewed 11 November 2017

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!

1  Thank Randal C
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Reviewed 5 November 2017

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.

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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 back.

Thank TomHurley
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