COVID-19

Updated: status of art center closure

The Des Moines Art Center remains temporarily closed as we continue to monitor the changing landscape surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top priority remains keeping the health and wellness of our visitors, members, students, and staff at the forefront of our decision making, and we are exploring all options to ensure that safety. We are excited to reopen your museum to the community and while we do not yet have a set date to reopen, we encourage you to stay tuned to the Art Center website, desmoinesartcenter.org, and social media channels for further updates on our opening date and opportunities to engage with the Art Center virtually.

Updated: Wednesday, May 20, 2020


Updated: Art Center remains temporarily closed

The Des Moines Art Center remains temporarily closed as we continue to monitor the changing landscape surrounding COVID-19. Our top priority remains keeping the health and wellness of our visitors, members, students, and staff at the forefront of our decision making; as always, we will continually reevaluate our position as recommendations from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health dictate. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for further updates and opportunities to engage with the Art Center online.

Updated: Tuesday, May 19, 2020


Updated: Art Center Extends Closure until may 26

In keeping the health and wellness of our visitors, members, students and staff at the forefront of our decision making, the Art Center has extended the closure of the museum and school until Tuesday, May 26, 2020. As always, we will continually reevaluate our position as recommendations from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health dictate. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for further updates and opportunities to engage with the Art Center online.

Updated: Monday, April 27, 2020


UPDATE: ART CENTER EXTENDS CLOSURE UNTIL May 1

In accordance with the Governor Kim Reynolds' April 6 proclamation calling for the closure of additional Iowa businesses, including museums, the Art Center has extended the closure of the museum and school until May 1, 2020. As always, we will continually reevaluate our position as recommendations from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health dictate. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for further updates and opportunities to engage with the Art Center online, including new virtual tours which can be found here.

Updated: Monday, April 6, 2020


Update: Art Center extends closure until April 28

In light of recent updates to recommendations surrounding COVID-19, the Art Center has made the decision to extend the current closure of the museum and school until April 28. As always, we will continually reevaluate our position as recommendations from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health dictate. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for further updates and opportunities to engage with the Art Center online, including new virtual tours which can be found here.

Updated: Monday, March 30, 2020


Update: Art Center closed to the public until april 6

In order to do our part to keep our visitors, members, students, and staff safe from the spread of COVID-19, the Art Center will be closed to the public until Monday, April 6. As always, we will continually reevaluate our position as recommendations from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health dictate. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for further updates and opportunities to engage with the Art Center online.

Updated: Monday, March 16, 2020


update: spring break camps are CANCELED

With the quickly changing status in Iowa surrounding COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel Art Center spring break camps. We have made this decision out of an abundance of precaution with the hope that discontinuing a large gathering of students will help keep our members and community safe. 

Parents of registered campers have been notified via email and will receive additional communication in the next day or so with next steps. In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding, and continue to stay safe. 

Updated: Sunday, March 15, 2020


Update: Suspended Programming March 21 – April 5

In continued precaution surrounding COVID-19, the Art Center is suspending all public programming from March 21 – April 5. This will include all lectures, tours, studio activities, films, etc. The galleries will remain open during regular hours: 11 am – 4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 11 am – 9 pm Thursday; 10 am – 4 pm Saturday; and Noon – 4 pm Sunday. Stay tuned to the Art Center website and our social media channels for additional updates.

Updated: Friday, March 13, 2020


UPDATE: ENTIRELY KIDS DAY: ART + EXPERIMENTATION CANCELED

In an abundance of precaution, we are canceling Entirely Kids Day on March 14 with the hopes that discontinuing a large gathering will allow us to keep our doors open to the public and always free for all. At this time, the Art Center is open during regular business hours: 11 am – 4 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 11 am – 9 pm Thursday; 10 am – 4 pm Saturday; and Noon – 4 pm Sunday. We hope to reschedule this event in the future; stay tuned to the Art Center website and social media for updates. 

Updated: Friday, March 13, 2020


A message to our visitors regarding COVID-19

At the Des Moines Art Center, we strive to be a welcoming and equitable cultural resource. A large part of this mission involves doing everything we can to make sure our visitors feel comfortable and safe in the museum and school. We are actively monitoring updates from the CDC and Iowa Department of Public Health regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are proactively taking steps to ensure the safety of our visitors, students, volunteers, and staff.

The museum and school remain open to the public, and we are taking extra precautions to ensure we are able to keep our doors open for all:

  • We are encouraging all staff to follow CDC guidelines on protecting themselves and others from respiratory diseases, including handwashing, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home when not feeling well.
  • Our facilities team has added extra steps to their daily cleaning routine, including using sanitizer in common areas and on doorknobs, benches, chairs, etc.
  • We are increasing the number of hand sanitizing stations throughout the buildings.

We encourage visitors to follow recommendations from the CDC to protect themselves and their community, including:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

With health events of this nature, reports can change daily, if not hourly. Given how quickly the global situation is evolving, we are monitoring new developments and continue to reevaluate daily. Visitors are encouraged to stay tuned to our website and our social media channels for the most up-to-date information regarding our response to COVID-19. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to ensure our visitors, students, volunteers, and staff stay safe and healthy.

Updated: Thursday, March 12, 2020

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