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Pappajohn Sculpture Park

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Address: 1330 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50316-3800
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Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn...

Open to visitors since September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park features artwork by 22 of the world's most celebrated artists.

The 4.4 Acre park, located within a major crossroads of the urban grid, creates a pedestrian friendly entranceway to downtown Des Moines. This accessible setting, coupled with the skilled landscape design and caliber of the art, makes it unlike any other sculpture park in the United States. The Pappajohns' contribution of 28 works for the park is the most significant donation of artwork ever made to the Des Moines Art Center.

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Great addition to downtown Des Moines

This is a favorite spot to bring the teenage girls for photo shoots with their girlfriends. Very trendy and fun park to visit. Reminds you of something you would see in Chicago... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a favorite spot to bring the teenage girls for photo shoots with their girlfriends. Very trendy and fun park to visit. Reminds you of something you would see in Chicago. Fun for all ages really.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The downtown Des Moines area opens up with a 4 acre sculpture park that was gifted to Des Moines from the private collection of John and Mary Pappajohn. The art is set off beautifully with the surrounding landscaping and there is something for everyone. Tours are available April to October. You can also take a cell phone tour on your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Downtown Des Moines is a great place to visit in the summer. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park area often has food vendors and is a great place to enjoy the outdoors at.

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Clive, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our family walked around this park for over an hour. We got some exercise and the kids like the sculptures and all the Pokémon readily available. The grounds are very well taken care of also well lit at night.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some of the sculptures were thought provoking and very well done. Others were... well, I'm not sure what they were lol. Given it was a cold grey day, my visit through the park was a quick one as I wanted to get back into warmth. All in all, it's a nice stop in the park in a beautiful city. Glad... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to stop for a quick walk and a few pictures. The library is close and a Starbuck's on the same block. Fun places to eat close by. Great spot to take a stroll after dinner.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are so lucky to have such fabulous art available to us in Des Moines. This sculpture park is amazing. Surrounded by tons of great restaurants too. I absolutely love it.

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Sandpoint, Idaho
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am impressed by the art and architecture in downtown Des Moines. The Sculpture Garden is a great place for a stroll or to hangout while you have lunch.

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Astoria, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The pieces on display are thought provoking. They're spaced apart from each other so that you can take each one in. We went on a super frigid day, so not many people were around. Note that you will need to park at a meter, so bring coins or you can pay with a credit card. We spent 20 minutes there,... More 

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Melbourne, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wonderful park with some large "other world" type sculptures. Nice wandering cement paths for dog walking and art enjoying. Seemed to be plenty of metered parking available. Be sure you bring a camera and pick up after your pet. The state capitol dome can be seen just down the street.

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