• Des Moines
  • Art Center
  • 4700 Grand Ave
  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • 515.277.4405
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  • John & Mary Pappajohn
  • Sculpture Park
  • 13th and Grand Ave
  • Downtown
  • Des Moines, Iowa
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Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the
not-for-profit Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection with a major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists of the 19th and 20th century, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, and Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X.
The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings; each designed by a world-renowned architect – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier.

FREE admission
supported by Principal Financial Group and Art Center members.





Museum Guidelines
To ensure your safety and the preservation of artwork for generations to come, the Art Center asks that visitors observe the following guidelines:

  • Please do not touch the works of art.
  • Personal (non-flash) photography with hand-held device or small camera is allowed in permanent galleries; however there can be no professional photography nor equipment or lighting. Photography is not allowed in temporary or traveling exhibitions. For complete photography guidelines, click here.
  • No food, chewing-gum, or beverages are allowed in the galleries.
  • Backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas need to be left in the coatroom or at the Information Desk.
  • Please keep cell phone use to a minimum.
  • Pencils may be used in the galleries; no pens, markers, or crayons are allowed.

Click here for Art Center's Visitor Guide [3.74MB PDF]

To schedule a tour, click HERE.