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Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
+1 515-277-4405
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Thoroughly Enjoyable, Thoroughly Free

My wife & I have visited Des Moines three times in the last several years, staying in a B&B right... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
JMCSTL
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Great Space, Great art

This museum has wings done by great 20th century architects that you wouldn't expect to find in Des... read more

Reviewed 12 March 2018
Thomas K
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Forest Park, 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 designed by a celebrated architect: Eliel Saarinen, I.M. Pei and Richard Meier.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife & I have visited Des Moines three times in the last several years, staying in a B&B right across the street from the Art Center. But this is the first time we had an opportunity to visit the facility, and we're both glad...More

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Reviewed 12 March 2018

This museum has wings done by great 20th century architects that you wouldn't expect to find in Des Moines. The art is pretty good too. A great way to spend 1/2 a day.

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Reviewed 7 March 2018 via mobile

It's an art museum with extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, modern art. I appreciate the enthusiasm and good services of the staffs there!

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Reviewed 5 February 2018

The Des Moines Art Center is beautifully sited on a hill in Greenwood Park with rolling hills and huge oak trees. The modern building was designed by well-renowned architect Eliel Saarinen in the 40s with an addition by I. M.Pei in the 60s with the...More

Thank PAT S
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Reviewed 15 January 2018 via mobile

They had an amazing display when I went Drawing in Space.It was a lovely way to spend a cold winter afternoon.I also had lunch at the restaurant inside Chef's Palette.It was delicious.The staff was very courteous.Who can complain about seeing beatiful things for free.

Thank bombcheles
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Reviewed 8 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
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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
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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

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Reviewed 15 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
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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
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MitsoukoRussie
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
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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!
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