The Art Center offers guided tours of the museum and the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Tours are as interactive as the group would like, and address the permanent collections as well as any special exhibitions on view.

Guided tours are welcome during public hours; groups larger than 15 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.

Self-Guided Tours

Art Center Permanent Collection Audio Tour

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

Listen Now

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 your own home.

Listen Now

Art Center Grounds

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


Museum at Home

Virtual Tours

The Des Moines Art Center launched virtual tours of their permanent collections and special exhibitions in March 2020. The tours allow visitors to click through the extensive collections as if they were at the museum, walking through the galleries.


Guided Tours

Group Tours

Inquire at to learn about collection and exhibition resources for your visit.

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.

Admission is free! Start planning your visit today.