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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.


Melissa Reyerson

Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018
I love coming to the Des Moines Art Center on a Saturday afternoon. This place continues to be free to the public and the art is housed in a beautiful building. They constantly have new art installations and a super fun gift shop. The rose garden and various sculptures sit right behind the Art Center and are also worth checking out.

Jeremy Sievers

Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018
An absolute jewel of Des Moines. I drop in every few months and check out their main gallery. Beside the changing main gallery, their collection is world class. It blows me away the quality of the work on display, we are pretty lucky to have such a good art museum in Des Moines. From their excellent student classes, gallery shop to their research areas and website, first class all the way. If you live in Des Moines and haven't been here, shame on you.

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.

pat fennelly

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Visited for the first time today. (I live out of town). Fantastic visit. Great lunch. Museum staff provided enlightening explanations about sculptures, paintings and the history of the museum. Very informative and enjoyable.

J Misel

Monday, June 18, 2018
Nice collection, friendly staff. My gf and I love visiting when new exhibits show up. Its free to go to on Thursdays and it makes it that much better. Many trails nearby and their rose garden is quite serene and great for pictures.

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