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Did you know that there are approximately 850 million visits to museums every year in America? They contribute $50 billion to the U.S. economy each year. If you think about how marvelous museums are, these numbers make sense. Museums can transport you to old worlds, future worlds, worlds you never thought you could be a part of.

If you’re looking to add some of those unknown worlds to your day, check out our list of museums in the area. They are all within driving distance and offer a variety of topics that will enchant every member of the family.
Des Moines Art Center
Des Moines Art Center

(515) 277-4405

4700 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312   Directions Website

Art connoisseurs flock to the Des Moines Art Center to appreciate world-renowned artworks on permanent display from artists such as Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Andy Warhol and Georgia O'Keeffe. Enjoy an art museum dedicated to engaging local and international audiences through prominent paintings, sculptures, modern art and mixed media.

Fort Des Moines Museum
Fort Des Moines Museum

(515) 282-8060

75 E Army Post Rd
Des Moines, IA 50315   Directions Website

Honor the first African American US Army Officer Candidate Class at the Fort Des Moines Museum. Visit the national attraction filled with artifacts, exhibits, photographs and period art defining the history of heroes who brought gender and racial equality to the US Army during the great world wars.

Iowa Hall of Pride
Iowa Hall of Pride

(515) 280-8969

330 Park St
Des Moines, IA 50309   Directions Website

Iowa Hall of Pride is dedicated to promoting the achievements of all Iowans, from students to sports legends, movie stars and scientists. Located in Des Moines inside the Iowa Event Center, you'll get to know first hand important Iowans through the museum's many fun and entertaining interactive technology exhibits.

National Balloon Museum
National Balloon Museum

(515) 961-3714

601 N Jefferson Way
Indianola, IA 50125   Directions Website

Set sail for the skies at The National Balloon Museum located minutes outside of Des Moines. Six thousand visitors come to the museum attraction annually to see high-flying exhibits like the Fantasia Balloon, Hot Air Airship, the Stone Family Balloons and learn about over 200 years of ballooning history.

State Historical Society of Iowa
State Historical Society of Iowa

(515) 281-5111

600 E Locust St
Des Moines, IA 50319   Directions Website

History buffs, visit the State Historical Society of Iowa to learn the state's rich heritage. Explore historical artifacts and documents telling the story of the state as seen through the eyes of its politicians and citizens. The exhibits detail the ambitions, accomplishments and contributions made by the people of the capital city.

Terrace Hill
Terrace Hill

(515) 281-7205

2300 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA 50312   Directions Website

Enter Terrace Hill, a magnificent mansion located in Des Moines, built by Iowa's first millionaire Benjamin Franklin Allen. The rambling Napoleon-style, 18,000 square foot mansion sits grandly on a hill overlooking the capital city. Besides being a museum, the mansion is host to state dinners and receptions.

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