The Art Center offers guided tours of the museum and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The tours are as interactive as the group will allow, and address the permanent collections as well as any special exhibitions.

Self-guided tours are welcome during public hours at both locations and must be reserved ahead of time.

We offer special guided tours for non- or low-sighted individuals at both locations. Depending on studio availability, a tour and art project can be scheduled.

  • Docent tour


    The Des Moines Art Center offers guided, docent-led tours and self-guided tours through the museum as well as the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park; however tours have suspended out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19. 

  • Audio tour


    Learn about artwork in the Des Moines Art Center's permanent collection through audio commentary from Director Jeff Fleming and former Director James T. Demetrion.

  • Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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    While at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, use your cell phone to learn more about the works of art as you explore, or listen online from the comfort of your own home.

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