Visitor Guidelines


Don’t Touch

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.


Personal (non-flash) photography and videography is allowed in the Art Center’s permanent collections galleries. Professional or commercial photography, equipment like tripods, and additional lighting are not allowed. Additionally, photography is not permitted in temporary or traveling exhibitions, unless otherwise specified.  See complete photography guidelines.


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.

Writing and Sketching

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.

Coat Check

Backpacks, beverages, large bags, and umbrellas may be stowed in coat check or at the Information Desk at the beginning of your visit.

Cell Phones

Cellular phone conversations should be kept to a minimum and held in non-gallery areas of the museum.

Food and Drink

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.