National Parks / Natural World

Pappajohn Sculpture Park Des Moines

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Pappajohn Sculpture Park
13th and Grand Ave
Des Moines
IA
50309
Tel: 515.237.1386

Where are we going today?

We know that art centers and museums are popular for the family to visit because it's such a great cultural experience, but what about if there was a 4.4 acre park filled with artwork from 22 of the most celebrated artist in the world?

You're in luck! Welcome to Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines. Associated with the Des Moines Art Center, this park is some to some pretty incredible pieces of art, and it's also a place where you can enjoy the great outdoors and the atmosphere of the city!

When you enter from the pedestrian friendly entrance in downtown Des Moines, you are transported into a world of stunning landscape design. It's unlike any other sculpture park in the entire USA!

From April to October, you can enjoy guided tours of the park is you want to learn a bit more of the park (but make sure you book in advance).

Otherwise, just grab the family, maybe take a picnic and definitely take your camera, and enjoy a park with a difference! There is plenty of space for kids to run and play, and the older ones will be able to begin appreciating art. It will open their eyes to the art world, where it doesn't have to just come in the form of painting! Art can be anything!

Culture, fun, sun, and the wonderful outdoors...all wrapped up in one at Pappajohn Sculpture Park! Have an inspired family day out in Iowa! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree
  • ChildrenFree
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Sunrise to midnight

All year round

Teachers corner

You can book guided tours between April 1 and October 31, at least 3 weeks in advance. They also have educator resources for teachers!.

I'm Hungry!

Bring a picnic! Just keep the food and drink away from the sculptures, and no glass bottles. It's a great way to really extend the day.

Healthy Eating!

It always helps to take bottled water to stay hydrated, and some healthy snacks.

Any Top Tips?

Don't forget your camera!.

Doing our bit

The park have provided some of the most amazing art works for families to enjoy. Help them out and follow any regulations they might have to ensure their longevity! .

Need a little extra help?

The park is accessible so everyone is welcome!.

More information

They want to preserve the artworks so no climbing, touching, or sitting on the sculptures please!.

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    Great park to walk around during a nice day/evening. There's a Subway, Jimmy John's, Smokey D's, Bandit Burrito, and Americana within a half-block of the park, so it's great to walk around it before and/or after a meal.

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    A great place to kick back relax and read a book.

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    Enjoy the Italian Festa this Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27.

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    As a person new to Des Moines, I can tell you that the sculpture park downtown is truely unique and provides a very pleasant break from the regular urban scenery. I know people will always debate about who spent money on what, but all the works are mind-expanding, beautiful, and often very fun and gigantic. Deal with it. The only thing that would make it better is having stories or descriptions attatched to the peices. I'd love to know where they all come from, what inspired the artist, etc. It's a great park and a sparkling addition to urban...Read More

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    Apart from one interesting sculpture others are boring. Also i visited on Sunday evening at 6 and the city was deserted. All shops closed by then. I would never stop at this city again.

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As a person new to Des Moines, I can tell you that the sculpture park downtown is truely unique and provides a very pleasant break from the regular urban scenery. I know people will always debate about who spent money on what, but all the works are mind-expanding, beautiful, and often very fun and gigantic. Deal with it. The only thing that would make it better is having stories or descriptions attatched to the peices. I'd love to know where they all come from, what inspired the artist, etc. It's a great park and a sparkling addition to urban development in Des Moines. Speaking as an outsider who's not from here, of course. I'm assuming they want to attract more peope like me. This park does that.

The Weather

Saturday

Conditions: Fog
Temp: 44° F / 7° C
Humidity: 96 %
Wind: SW - 0 MPH

Sunday

Conditions: Overcast
Temp: 41° F / 5° C
Humidity: 85 %
Wind: NNW - 12 MPH

Monday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 39° F / 4° C
Humidity: 80 %
Wind: WNW - 6 MPH

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