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Des Moines Art Center

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Address: 4700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2099
Phone Number:
+1 515-277-4405
10:00 - 16:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Tue - Wed 11:00 - 16:00
Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

This internationally acclaimed museum houses impressive works by artists of...

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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Day trip from the Quad Cities

My wife and I took a day trip to see the Art Center because of a reciprocal pass we had from the Figge in Davenport, Iowa. We got there to find out that admission was free every... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I took a day trip to see the Art Center because of a reciprocal pass we had from the Figge in Davenport, Iowa. We got there to find out that admission was free every day because of generous sponsors. The buildings were built in three phases which is part of draw of the center. The way the... More 

Thank Geoff C
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

We live in Des Moines and try to make frequent trips to the DM Art Center. New exhibits and permanent ones always enlightening. Outside garden area is beautiful. Restaurant is great for a lunch with a friend. Gift shop has much variety. Always feel great after visiting.

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Shantou, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

You can see paintings by Bacon, Hopper, Wood, Picasso, Braque, Warhol and quite a few others. The venue is not excessively crowded. It has a nice collection of modern art. And it is free.

Thank skilleahy
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

The Des Moines Art Center is a gem many people forget about. We are so fortunate to have the high level of tremendous art right on Grand avenue. You must visit. Not open on Mondays - there is a restaurant too. Oh and it's free.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

We've made many enjoyable visits to this museum over the years. No admission or parking charges, and you can easily give a free will donation to help support. Check the website. This museum gets many excellent traveling exhibits. We've seen "American Gothic"and Jackson Pollock's "Mural" there, as well as other great exhibits.

Thank KevinPetty
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

What a gem. What a wonderful way to walk off a meal, or spend an afternoon! The museum is free. FREE! And so large that you can get overwhelmed if you want to see everything on one visit. There are several exhibits, and lots of stairs and hallways. And a restaurant. Not just a cafe, but fresh food served at... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Went to see Vivian Maier photo show. Small but well curated. Interesting permanent exhibit. Easy parking. GREAT restaurant as part of museum. Good food, sunny environment and very friendly staff. Free admission to museum.

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MeganAtTheArtCenter, Public Relations Manager at Des Moines Art Center, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words! We're glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit to the Art Center, and hope to see you back again soon. More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

I have traveled to many cities and visited many an art museum, and I can tell you the Des Moines Art Center surpasses most. The building, which is a work of art in itself, houses a permanent collection of pieces by an astonishingly diverse and renowned number of artists. Rotating exhibits are as unexpected as they are thought-provoking. I am... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Wonderful photography exhibit of Vivian Maier: Through a Critical Lens. Worth the trip to see. Was surprised at no admission fee. Also must check out the gift shop. Even if you just buy a Carmel. They are delicious .

Thank Jan F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Have good collection of arts and the building itself is very large and has multiple floors. Adjacent to museum there is a rose garden too and few trails.

Thank AlokJaiswal

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