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Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines

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The Des Moines Art Center engages diverse local and international audiences with contemporary art through its museum and school, adding to the cultural record through collections and programs.

Closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve

FREE admission supported by Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. and Vision Iowa.
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  • 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 to...  more »
  • 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 bui...  more »
  • 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 t...  more »
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  • A small art exhibition center featuring mostly contemporary work. There is a permanent collection owned by the Art Center as well as changing exhibits. The exhibition spaces are well-designed with a modern aesthetic and plenty of natural lighting. The art might not appeal to everyone, but admission is free and it's worth at least taking a walk around.
  • This is a great spot in Des Moines. You never know what to expect. They get all types of exhibits in from paintings to sculpture. Some is off the wall and some is touching. A nice place to go see what others are dreaming up.
  • The architecture inside the building was very interesting some rooms have great outside views. My little one loved the echo of her voice! The art was great a nice variety and the show up right now is interesting. We went in a stroller so it takes a bit more navigation than just being able to walk straight in stairs everywhere. We didn't get to go upstairs or downstairs mainly because I couldn't find an elevator and work was being done. However the employees were super kind and friendly.
  • Excellent location for families. Free admission. Art from Picasso, Grant Wood, and multiple other great artists. The architecture that houses the art is just as impressive. Worth a stop to Des Moines Art Center if you are visiting Des Moines.
  • There are three main buildings and surrounding grounds. The buildings themselves appear to be engineered or built as artwork itself. You have to walk through them to consider the appreciation. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and eager to assist. The artworks within the facility are remarkably fascinating, you should really see it for yourself. I recommend you to go visit.

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