The Des Moines Art Center commits to exhibiting and exploring thought-provoking modern and contemporary art. We connect people and art by offering opportunities for feeling, imagining, dreaming, and creating. We promote curiosity and embrace critical and empathetic thinking with a spirit of openness. We strive to be a welcoming and equitable cultural resource. This effort to ensure access to art for everyone has been a core tenet of the museum since its founding. Admission is always free.


Through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, the Des Moines Art Center provides opportunities for transformational art experiences.


Every voice belongs in contemporary art. The Des Moines Art Center commits to valuing and representing the unique experiences and perspectives of every visitor and staff member. Working toward equity and inclusivity within the museum, school, and community strengthens our ability to create better, together.

Art Center docent leading a tour of students

Staff and Board of Trustees

The staff and trustees of the Art Center are members of the communities we serve. Meet the teams who carry out the mission and vision of the Des Moines Art Center.


Artwork and Collections

View the best of the Des Moines Art Center at home with our collections website. Discover the magnificent collections as well information about the works, artists, and more.


Annual Reports

Explore a year-in-review of the Art Center’s annual exhibitions, programs, and classes. Review the Art Center “by the numbers” and discover ways to get involved.

Explore Annual Reports


The NEWS is published three times a year, highlighting upcoming exhibitions, programs, and classes. Discover new artworks added to the collection, upcoming events, and more.



Along with its noteworthy art collections, the Des Moines Art Center boasts an outstanding campus that consists of critically acclaimed architecture.

Learn more about the architecture

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