Accessible Guided Tours

We offer guided tactile tours for non- or low-sighted individuals at both the museum and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Email to schedule an accessible guided tour. Please allow two weeks’ notice to schedule a tour.

Three visually impaired people touching a sculpture while wearing nitrile gloves
Two people speaking through sign language to each other

ASL Interpretation

Contact us to schedule a sign language interpreter for an Art Center lecture or program by emailing to . Please allow two weeks’ notice to schedule an interpreter.


Most public areas in the museum are wheelchair accessible, as well as the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The wheelchair accessible ramp entrance to the museum is located to the left of the front entrance at the Herbert Galleries Education Wing.

Wheelchairs are available at education desk and the front entrance information desk. These are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wheelchair-accessible restrooms are available in the Macomber Lobby and the first level of the Richard Meier building.

Front entrance of the Des Moines Art Center Eliel Saarinen building on a sunny day
Man sitting on bench with serivce dog laying on ground beside him. Both are looking at a black art sculpture on the wall.

Service Animals

Guide dogs and other trained service animals are welcome at the museum. Pets and emotional support animals are not permitted.

On-leash pets are welcome at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Visitor Map

Visitor Map of the Des Moines Art Center


Art Spectrums

Art Spectrums is a free program for children and teens on the autism spectrum. Art Spectrums provides an opportunity for participants to exercise their creativity and build their self-esteem through sensory experiences that aid in the development of cognition, communication, and motor skills.

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Community Access Program

The Des Moines Art Center’s Community Access Program discovers creative ways of making artworks and art-making accessible to those in our community who otherwise lack these opportunities.

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Deaf Community Art Gatherings

Presented by the Art Center’s Community Access Program, we invite members of the deaf community to join us for weekly gatherings to embrace art and art-making together. The program is free to attend!

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Admission is free! Start planning your visit today.