Sightseeing in West Des Moines


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  • 2 Au Limited
    From fashion jewelry to classic jewelry, 2 Au Limited in West Des Moines has a wide variety of fun and fancy pieces. If you're in need of some design tips, head on over to this store and peruse the exquisite pieces on display. With nearby space available, you won't need to worry about parking when you come to 2 Au Limited. It's about time you shared the gift of jewelry with those you love from 2 Au Limited's fantastic selection.
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    200 5th Street
    West Des Moines, IA US
  • Olson-Larsen Galleries
    It's about time you saw the fascinating museum at West Des Moines' Olson-Larsen Galleries. Don't deny your stomach an immaculate meal when you try this museum's restaurant. Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    203 5th Street
    West Des Moines, IA US
  • Blank Park Zoo
    Blank Park Zoo educates the public about the wonders of the wild by re-creating far-flung habitats and ecosystems that house more than 1,000 animals and 104 different species ranging from Siberian tigers to hissing cockroaches. Zookeepers lead chats about animals and offer conservation tips, while exhibits include hands-on feedings that allow humans to go face-to-face or nose-to-beak with hungry giraffes and parakeets. Recent new arrivals welcome curious kids to commiserate with the growing pains and early bedtimes of young wallabies, camels, and seal pups, setting a foundation for learning that may be continued in classes designed for those aged 6 months to 5 years. In addition to raising awareness about the environment, Blank Park Zoo contributes to conservation efforts to preserve the future of native animals and their natural homes. The zoo participates in seven endangered-species breeding programs and donates a portion of admissions proceeds to several different wildlife initiatives.
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    7401 SW 9th Street
    Des Moines, IA US
  • 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
  • From Our Hands
    Put your creative cap on before heading to From Our Hands, one of Des Moines' most beloved art institutions. Be sure to visit the restaurant at this museum for a delicious meal. Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
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    400 East Locust Street
    Des Moines, IA US

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