Museums in Des Moines


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  • Science Center of Iowa
    When it first opened it doors in 1970, the Science Center of Iowa was among the first interactive science museums in the world. It engaged the community with hands-on exhibits and programs. In 2005, the center moved to its 110,00-square-foot downtown location, where it fills its halls with a variety of experience platforms, each demonstrating different scientific principles. Build and launch a rocket in When Things Get Moving, learn about Iowa's native animals in What On Earth?, and explore the night sky in the Star Theater planetarium. A favorite of SCI's youngest visitors, Small Discoveries exhibit features features a farm-to-table theme with a market and kitchen for interactive play. For the “full experience”, catch a film in the six-story Blank IMAX Dome Theater.
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    401 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Des Moines Art Center
    Located a bit off of the beaten path, this museum is a haven for those who enjoy modern art. The architecture is world-class, and the exhibits within will exceed your expectations. Well-known artists from John Singer Sargent to Georgia O’Keeffe are available for viewing within the permanent collection, and temporary exhibitions are usually available to further enhance your experience. Donors keep admission to this fantastic collection free for visitors, so there’s no reason to miss it. For a bonus, check out the studio art workshops, which are available for all ages, to improve your own artistic abilities while learning from local art instructors.
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    4700 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Terrace Hill Historic Site
    When you want to admire the great works of culture, head on over to the museum at Terrace Hill Historic Site in Des Moines. Brush up on your parallel parking skills — the museum's Grand Ave location offers nearby street parking.
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    2300 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Des Moines Art Center Downtown
    Get ready for some serious visual stimulation at Des Moines' Des Moines Art Center Downtown, where art experts and novices come together. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    800 Walnut St
    Des Moines, IA US
  • John Wayne Birthplace
    More than a century ago, 216 S. Second St. in Winterset, Iowa, was the childhood address of John Wayne. Today, the four-room home houses the John Wayne Birthplace, a museum that celebrates the legendary actor's career and has attracted more than one million visitors to date. On display are rare photographs of Wayne, letters to him from fellow actors, and memorabilia from his films, including an eye patch he wore in True Grit .
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    216 S 2nd St
    Winterset, IA US
  • Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit
    For those skilled in the creative arts, Bob Feller Hometown Exhibit is home to some of the finest works in Van Meter. While you're enjoying this museum, be sure to check out their amazing restaurant for a tasty meal. Bring the whole family to this museum, where kiddos are welcomed with open arms. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    310 Mill St
    Van Meter, IA US

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