Pappajohn Sculpture Park

Des Moines, IA

Where are we going?

Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Des Moines
IA 50309


What is there to do?

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! 

How much does it cost?

Adults: Free

Children: Free


Need a little extra help?

The park is accessible so everyone is welcome!


When can we go?

Sunrise to midnight

All year round


Any top tips?

Don't forget your camera!

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 - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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