Summer 2018: FREE Museums in Des Moines - dsm4kids.com

Summer 2018: FREE Museums in Des Moines

Whether you are looking to explore something new or simply excite your mind in a new way, museums are a fun way for families to spend time together while learning about our world. From art to history and more, Des Moines offers a wealth of high quality museums, many of which are completely FREE.

Of course, even though these museums do not charge admission, donations are always appreciated!

Here is a list of Des Moines museums that always offer FREE admission:

Des Moines Art Center

Location: 4700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone: (515) 277-4405
Hours: Monday: CLOSED; Tuesday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Wednesday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Thursday: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; Friday: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday: 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm.

Fort Des Moines Museum & Education Center

Location: 75 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 282-8060
Hours: The public is welcome to visit the museum by appointment only.

Hoyt Sherman Place

Location: 1501 Woodland Ave, Des Moines, IA 50314
Phone: (515) 244-0507
Hours: The public is welcome to conduct self-guided tours during operating hours, Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please call ahead to make sure there is not an event happening when you’d like to visit.

Iowa Gold Star Military Museum

Location: 7105 NW 70th Ave, Johnston, IA 50131
Phone: (515) 252-4531
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm; Saturday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm; Sunday: CLOSED.

Italian-American Cultural Center Museum

Location: 1961 Indianola Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50315
Phone: (515) 280-3719
Hours: Wednesday: 1:30 to 3:30 pm; Sunday: 2:30 to 4:30 pm or by appointment.

Polk County Heritage Gallery

Location: 111 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 286-2242
Hours: Monday through Friday: 11:00 am to 4:30 pm.

State Historical Museum of Iowa

Location: 600 E Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone: (515) 281-5111
Hours: Monday through Saturday: 9:00 am to 4:30 pm; Sunday: CLOSED.

Wells Fargo History Museum

Location: Financial Center, 666 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 245-8400
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates

Location:  100 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: (515) 245-3735
Hours: The Hall is open to the public on Tuesdays 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Guided Tours are available on Tuesdays at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 noon and 1:30 pm.

 

Want even more ideas for FREE things to do with your family? Check out our Summer Fun Guide and our Events Calendar.

Know of any FREE museums that we missed? If so, please email nicole@dsm4kids.com  and we’ll research them!

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