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“World-class attraction is a must-see!”

Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Ranked #4 of 66 things to do in Des Moines
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Owner description: 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.
Panora, Iowa
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208 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“World-class attraction is a must-see!”
Reviewed 21 July 2014

If you go to Des Moines this is one of your first stops. Check out the Capitol, River Walk, and other stuff downtown too. The sculpture park has helped put Des Moines on the world's Art map. Tours are available or just wing it on your own. Either way this thing is amazing and memorable.

Visited June 2014
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Oskaloosa, Iowa
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126 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Neat and free”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This offers great green space for the downtown area. Sculptures are unique, but I wish there were more to enjoy.

Visited July 2014
Thank Laura R
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Oxford, Michigan
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42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Fun once we found it.”
Reviewed 19 July 2014

We ended up at a rose garden due to the gps and we were so confused. Once we finally arrived, it was an interesting experience. The kids were confused at what they were looking at, at times, but that was the fun of it. They made up their own stories of what they were viewing. It was a great little side trip that allowed everyone to walk around. We would visit again.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Michele P
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16 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“GPS was confused.”
Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

This is a place where you can have enjoy a walk around. We only spenr around 20 minutes to see all these sculptures (some of which were quite creepy!) You can park on the meters on the street. However if you try plugging pappajohn sculpture park in the Google maps GPS it may send you to a rose garden a few miles away. To successfully get here with google maps navigation, the GPS calls this place "Western Gateway Park". If you have extra time in your day this is a quick stop, but it is not a major loss if you have other stuff planned in your day.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Shelleymufc
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Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent addition to Des Moines”
Reviewed 11 July 2014

Adds a lot of life to the Downtown Des Moines area, it will definitely catch your eye as you drive by. I would recommend stopping by Ritual Cafe first and grabbing something to drink as it located right next to the park. It's a see for yourself type of thing. Go explore the park!

Visited July 2014
Thank soulxvice
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