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Des Moines Art Center

4700 Grand Avenue

Mission Statement:

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


Mary Foster

Thursday, June 14, 2018
My family will travel out of our way to see a well regarded art museum. For example, there isn't a lot to see in Bilbao, but the Guggenheim is certainly worth looking at, both for its architecture and its collection. The Des Moines museum is smaller but ticks those boxes as well. In addition, it also places local and lesser known artists within the context of the art historical canon, and its examples of more prominent artists are often of the highest quality. For its scale, it ranks right up there with the Guggenheim and the Tate Modern.

Brianna Gonzalez

Sunday, April 1, 2018
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!

Jennifer Benson

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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.

Jade Fang

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Great value. Love the beautiful restaurant by the water. Really interesting pieces when we were there.

Debra Hartman

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018
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.

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