Des Moines Art Center

The Des Moines Art Center collection contains pieces from well-known artists including names like Calder, Cassatt, Warhol, Matisse, Rodin, Gauguin, Monet, Hopper, and O’Keeffe. You’ll find paintings, sculptures, prints and photography throughout the museum. Check their website for information on the special exhibits.

Des Moines Art Center

Three famous architects contributed their talents to the structure of the museum itself: Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei and Richard Meier. Saarinen designed the original Art Deco building which was completed in 1948. Twenty years later Pei designed the addition, a concrete design with a reflecting pool where the two buildings meet. Richard Meier added a third wing about 20 years later.

The museum has a lunch cafe near the atrium reflecting pool that locals say is delicious. I will try it next time!

Des Moines Art Center

In addition to the galleries, the center also provides art classes for the community. They have classes for kids of all ages as well as adults and family classes.

The Des Moines Art Center is designed by famous architects and has works by famous artists, but what doesn’t it have? That’s right, it does not have an entry fee!

Des Moines Art Center
4700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312