A gem in the heart of the Midwest, the Des Moines Art Center offers something for everyone.

The name is no mistake. This is not only a museum space; an Art Center is for art-making and art appreciation. This has been foundational to the organization since the beginning. Through its collections, exhibitions, and educational programming, the Des Moines Art Center provides opportunities for transformational art experiences.

Fans of architecture will appreciate the museum structure. There are three interconnected buildings by Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier.

Located just a few miles down Grand Avenue in downtown Des Moines, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by more than two dozen of the world’s most celebrated artists. Explore the park and take in artworks in conversation with the environment.

The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a short five-minute drive from the museum.

The sculpture park is a great place to explore, enjoy the outdoors, and take photos! It features one of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculptures, a giant spider by Louise Bourgeois, and Jaume Plensa’s Nomade.

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