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Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines

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#1 of 6 in Museums in Des Moines
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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  • August 11, 2017
    This is a must-see only about 2.5 miles west of the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden downtown. It’s also free with ample free parking. It may be unique among art museums in the way it has (successfully) com...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    I don't consider myself to be "artsy" but I enjoyed this place. Both abstract and realism so everyone should find something to appreciate. We only had an hour which was sufficient to see it without to...  more »
  • July 19, 2017
    it's free admission, you can spend 1-2 hours there, it also has a decent restaurant. but the museum close quite early, at 4pm. As we arrived at there already 3:30pm, so I can just walk around in a hur...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    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.
  • June 9, 2017
    Great place! The staff was very helpful and the architecture of the building was amazing. They had a lot of great, thought provoking pieces, but some of them were not good. I highly recommend going there while the have their rupture exhibit open.
  • June 14, 2017
    One of my favorite places in Des Moines. It's free, and they have educational and family friendly programs. Friendly staff running them. My three year old and I went to their Blankets and Books program, and I thought it was very well done and thought through.
  • June 8, 2017
    Apart from the unique artwork, this art center building is full of great architecture, from the overall design to the giant skylights. There are also many friendly/interesting people that also work there. It's worth visiting!
  • June 22, 2017
    This place was the BEST place we had ever been. For it being free, you couldn't beat it. They should charge for people to come in, because they have a lot to offer. They even have a gift shop and a restaurant that you can eat at by the water. I highly recommend going if you're in des moines. We will be making the 5 hour trip to go back one day!

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