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Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines

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The Des Moines Art Center is an art museum with an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture, modern art and mixed media. It was established in 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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  • This is like a museum with all the different forms of art from permanent galleries of well known artists , modern art, sculptures, and other unusual forms of art. We had lunch at a lovely café... 
    This is like a museum with all the different forms of art from permanent galleries of well known artists , modern art, sculptures, and other unusual forms of art. We had lunch at a lovely café...  more »
  • What a deal---free museum every day. Very good collection for a regional museum. Situated in a nice residential neighborhood. 
    What a deal---free museum every day. Very good collection for a regional museum. Situated in a nice residential neighborhood.  more »
  • Wow. I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I went to the Art Center on a regular basis. All through school I attended art classes at the school of the Art Center. I moved away many years... 
    Wow. I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. I went to the Art Center on a regular basis. All through school I attended art classes at the school of the Art Center. I moved away many years...  more »
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  • An incredible treasure in Des Moines that many people never appreciate! They have a core art collection that includes works by Monet, O'Keefe, Renoir, Picasso, etc. Many of these were purchased or donated to the museum in 1950's or 1960's. So there's quite a legacy of having some nice art in Des Moines. They also have new exhibits every couple of months. A great place to spend an hour or so, and it's free!
  • I am not typically an art museum person, but this one is great! The featured exhibit is festive and magical, and much of the art is interesting. The staff is friendly and happy to be there as well. I also found the building itself fascinating with its odd window/walls size/placement. It was a quirky and fun touch.
  • It was my first time visiting and I wasn't disappointed. I've seen artist here I haven't ran into yet so it was definitely interesting for me! Definitely a must stop if you enjoy art and are in Des Moines!
  • We’ve lived in Des Moines for going on three years now and I didn’t even realize this hidden gem existed. The center has an excellent selection and can easily be seen on 1-2 hours, but you could definitely spend longer there if you wanted. Unfortunately, the cafe is still closed because of the pandemic but I am excited to return in the future.
  • The art was enjoyable to look at but the architecture of the building was just incredible. Free museum and the immersion exhibit was beautiful and unique.

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