To help ensure you have the best visit possible and to help keep the artwork safe, we ask that all guests follow the guidelines below.
Please do not touch the art (including indoor and outdoor sculpture). Touching works of art can damage the surface over time. Please remain at least 12 inches away from the surface of the artwork and do not lean on walls or display cases.
Photography and videography for personal, noncommercial use is allowed in the museum’s permanent collection galleries. Personal use includes personal cameras, cell phones, tablets, and other non-commercial devices. The use of flash, lights, tripods, and selfie-sticks are prohibited. View complete photography policy.
The Art Center is an enjoyable and fascinating place for children of all ages. Please make sure that they are always accompanied by an adult. We invite you and your children to talk, laugh, and move around the galleries freely.
Running and other physical activities where children may hurt themselves or damage the works of art are not permitted.
Only pencils are permitted in the galleries; pens, markers, crayons, or other writing utensils are not allowed.
The Art Center offers a wide range of hands-on classes for families, children, teens, and adults. Please see our class schedule for more details.
Backpacks, beverages, large bags, and umbrellas may be stowed in coat check or at the Information Desk at the beginning of your visit.
Cellular phone conversations should be kept to a minimum and held in non-gallery areas of the museum.
Food and beverages, including chewing gum and bottled water, are not allowed in the galleries.
With the exception of service dogs, animals are not allowed in the museum.
Tobacco products of any kind are prohibited.
Weapons of any kind are not permitted on Des Moines Art Center premises.
Visiting the Des Moines Art Center or Pappajohn Sculpture Park, or participating in Art Center programs and events constitutes an agreement by the visitor or participant and/or the parent or guardian to allow the Art Center to take photographs or video for use in Art Center marketing materials including social media, websites, and printed materials.