The best museums in Des Moines in December 2023

These are the top 5 best museums in Des Moines, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2023. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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Looking for the best museums in Des Moines? These are the best ones:

  1. Iowa State Capitol1

    Iowa State Capitol

    Des Moines, IA
    The Iowa State Capitol, a significant historical landmark, was constructed between the years 1871 and 1886. The architectural design was the brainchild of John Crombie Cochrane and Alfred H. Piquenard. This information provides a glimpse into the historical and architectural significance of the building.
  2. Salisbury House & Gardens2

    Salisbury House & Gardens

    Des Moines, IA
    The design of Salisbury House was inspired by the King's House in Salisbury, England. The manor home spans over 22,000 square feet and contains 42 rooms. This expansive space offers visitors a chance to explore and appreciate the grandeur of the house.
  3. Des Moines Art Center3

    Des Moines Art Center

    Des Moines, IA
    The Des Moines Art Center, established in 1948, is an art museum located in Des Moines, Iowa. It boasts an extensive collection of various art forms including paintings, sculptures, modern art, and mixed media. This diverse collection offers visitors a comprehensive view of different art styles and periods.
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    Terrace Hill

    Des Moines, IA
    Terrace Hill, also known as the Hubbell Mansion, Benjamin F. Allen House, or the Iowa Governor's Mansion, is the official residence of the governor of Iowa. This historic building is located at 2300 Grand Avenue in Des Moines and is a prime example of Second Empire architecture. The mansion measures 18,000 square feet and sits on a hill overlooking downtown Des Moines. It features a 90-foot tower that offers a commanding view of the city. The building's unique design includes a steeply pitched mansard roof, open verandas, long and narrow windows, and bracketed eaves. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in 2003.
  5. Pappajohn Sculpture Park5

    Pappajohn Sculpture Park

    Des Moines, IA
    The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park, located within Western Gateway Park in Des Moines, Iowa, spans 4.4 acres. The park, which opened in 2009, initially featured 24 sculptures, but has since added four more to its collection.

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