The Art Center offers a variety of both guided and self-guided tours of the museum and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Tours are as interactive as the group would like, addressing the permanent collections as well as any special exhibitions on view. Guided tours are welcome during public hours and should be reserved in advance. We offer special guided tours for non- or low-sighted individuals at both the museum and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.


To ensure we can accommodate your group, we ask that you submit your tour request at least three weeks in advance of your preferred date.

Guided Tours

Drop In Tours

Experience the Art Center with friends, family, and fellow art lovers while learning more about the works on view in the galleries during weekly drop in tours.  Drop in tours at the Art Center are every Saturday beginning at 1 pm, starting March 2, 2024.

Virtual Guided Tours

The Art Center’s “Art Calls” program offers virtual tours of the museum led by a docent. Email to learn more and to get scheduled.

Accessible Guided Tours

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. Email to schedule an accessible guided tour.

explore the Museum at Home

Virtual Tours

Virtual tours of the Art Center’s permanent collections and special exhibitions allow visitors to click through as if they were at the museum, walking through the galleries.


Self-Guided Tours

Art Center Permanent Collections Audio Tour

Learn about art! Listen to audio content about works in the permanent collections. Hear from artists, museum staff, and more.

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Pappajohn Sculpture Park Audio Tour

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 home.

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Art Center Grounds Walking Guide

This walking guide navigates the sculptures on the grounds of the Art Center nestled in Des Moines’ Greenwood Park.


Admission is free! Start planning your visit today.