The best museums in Des Moines in 2022

These are the top 5 best museums in Des Moines, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Des Moines:

  1. Iowa State Capitol1

    Iowa State Capitol

    Des Moines
    The Iowa State Capitol , commonly called the Iowa Statehouse , is in Iowa 's capital city, Des Moines . As the seat of the Iowa General Assembly , the building houses the Iowa Senate , Iowa House of Representatives , the Office of the Governor , and the Offices of the Attorney General , Auditor , Tr
  2. Salisbury House & Gardens2

    Salisbury House & Gardens

    Des Moines
    Salisbury House in Des Moines, Iowa is a Tudor , Gothic and Carolean style manor home. It was built by cosmetic magnate Carl Weeks and his wife, Edith Van Slyke Weeks, between 1923 and 1928. Salisbury House was modeled after the King's House in Salisbury , England , contains 42 rooms and measures ju
  3. Des Moines Art Center3

    Des Moines Art Center

    Des Moines
    The Des Moines Art Center is an art museum with an extensive collection of paintings , sculpture , modern art and mixed media . It was established in 1948 in Des Moines, Iowa .
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    Terrace Hill

    Des Moines
    Terrace Hill , also known as Hubbell Mansion , Benjamin F. Allen House or the Iowa Governor's Mansion , is the official residence of the governor of Iowa , United States . Located at 2300 Grand Avenue in Des Moines , it is an example of Second Empire architecture. The home measures 18,000 square fee
  5. Pappajohn Sculpture Park5

    Pappajohn Sculpture Park

    Des Moines
    The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a 4.4-acre (1.8 ha) park within Western Gateway Park in Des Moines , Iowa. It opened in 2009 with 24 sculptures, with four more acquired later. The sculpture park is administered by the Des Moines Art Center and contains works by artists such as Louise B

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