The Art Center is a museum and school, with a world-class art collection housed in extraordinary architecture by three renowned architects.

The Des Moines Art Center has amassed an important collection of art from the 19th century to the present, with a major emphasis on contemporary art. Focused on quality and global in scope, it includes major works by Henry Ossawa Tanner, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Francis Bacon, among hundreds of others.


The Art Center is closed today.

Tuesday11am - 4pm
Wednesday11am - 4pm
Thursday11am - 7pm
Friday10am - 7pm
Saturday10am - 4pm
Sunday10am - 4pm

Directions & Parking

The Art Center is located at 4700 Grand Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa.

Free parking is available on site.

The Art Center is located less than one mile north on 45th Street from the Bill Riley bike trail. To plan your trip via public transportation, visit the DART trip planner.


Explore our current exhibitions and permanent collection during your visit — it’s all included!

See What’s On View Now

More Ways to Enhance Your Visit

Guided & Self Guided Tours

Get the most out of your visit with audio and interpreter-led tours.

See Tour Options

The Shop at the Art Center

Explore our extensive collection of books,  jewelry, and so much more.


Tangerine at the Art Center

Enjoy a meal at the museum restaurant, located off the the Bookey Family Courtyard.


Art in the Park

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

The 4.4 acre park, located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, creates a pedestrian-friendly entryway to downtown Des Moines. This accessible setting, coupled with the skilled landscape design and caliber of the art, makes it unlike any other sculpture park in the United States.

Plan Your Park Visit

Get the most out of your visit.