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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.

The Art Center offers free admission every day, which is supported by Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc. and Art Center members.

The museum and its offices are closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Eve.
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  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 ve...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • The Des Moines Art Center is a great place to spend an afternoon—and it's free! Even if you’ve already seen the permanent collection, they frequently switch out their featured display, so there’s something new to see. They also have impressive architecture, a place to eat and a beautiful little rose garden nearby. Definitely recommend if you’re looking to kill an hour or two—or if you want a new photo for the gram!
  • Unfriendly to families. Every time I've been here with my children, I have been spoken down to. I carry my toddler to keep her from touching anything, but I was told I have to also carry my backpack purse in both arms directly in front of my body (not on my side or back). I feel like the guards hover and automatically assume we are going to damage the art. I can't chalk it up to one or two unfriendly employees because it is a consistent pattern I've noticed over the 4 years I have been coming here. It seems to be part of the museum culture that is unwelcoming to children. If you don't have children, it's a nice free place to spend an hour. The tape exhibit from 2017-2018 was a highlight. They have a lot of modern work that makes you scratch your head and wonder what qualifies it as "art," but they have some nice classic pieces. The park surrounding the museum is beautiful.
  • Experiencing the Des Moines Art Center is as much spiritual as a great inspiration for any latent artistry you may have waiting to emerge. Always a go to for visiting family and friends. We - weather permitting - love to end our time sitting back in the breeze, next to the movement of the water and light in the courtyard. Worth your time.
  • 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.
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