Explore our extensive collections as if you’re at the museum, walking through the galleries.

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.

Please note: Virtual tours are previously recorded and may not reflect works currently on view at the Des Moines Art Center. 

Justin Favela: Central American in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery

Justin Favela’s exuberant art is inspired by Latinx culture, art history, and food rendered in layer upon layer of vibrant strips of paper.

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Hold Me Closer in the John Brady Print Gallery

“Hold Me Closer” showcases prints and photographs from the Des Moines Art Center’s permanent collections that explore the theme of intimacy in its myriad forms, including romantic, platonic, and familial.

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Images Unbound in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery

Images Unbound examines the societal impact of the endless amount of images that have entered our world since the invention and proliferation of photography.

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Manos exhibition in museum

Manos in the John Brady Print Gallery

Produced in 1930, the print is a sensitive yet fastidious study of forearms and cupped hands. Orozco’s delicate presentation of hands is especially poignant considering his interest in depicting politically charged art that focuses on the labor force of Mexico.

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The Richard Meier Building

Built in 1985, the Meier building contains three floors of artwork from the Art Center’s permanent collections.

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The Blank Two and Three Galleries

Located within the Eliel Saarinen building constructed in 1948, the Blank Two and Three Galleries contain rotating artwork from the Art Center’s permanent collections.

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Hedda Sterne: Imagination In The Blank One Gallery

In 1961, Fortune magazine commissioned the Romanian-born, mid-20th-century artist Hedda Sterne to produce paintings that characterized her impressions of John Deere tractor parts. This exhibition features all seven paintings, which have never been shown together outside Moline, Illinois.

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Researchers: Women Artists Inspired by Science in the John Brady Print Gallery

This exhibition of drawings, photographs, and prints explores the work of women artists from the 17th century forward who use research into biology, physics, engineering, astronomy, and other fields as fertile ground for aesthetic inspiration.

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Black Stories in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery

Black Stories presents the artwork by Black artists in the Art Center’s permanent collections, and aims to connect and partner with the community in the process.

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Black Stories in the I.M. Pei Gallery

Black Stories presents the artwork by Black artists in the Art Center’s permanent collections, and aims to connect and partner with the community in the process.

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Iowa Artists 2020: Rachel Cox in the Blank One Gallery

Iowa Artists 2020 will feature selections from photographer Rachel Cox’s “Mors Scena” series.

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The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery

The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art  is the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist’s 37-year career.

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Admission is free! Plan your visit today.