October 15

Pappajohn Sculpture Park


One of the reasons why we were traveling is because we wanted to see what was unique in that city. As we searched around for things to do in Des Moines we found Pappajohn Sculpture Park. It's worth stopping and walking through the park.

Downtown Des Moines isn't as overwhelming as most cities. In fact, when we visited the Des Moines Science Museum we drove our RV rig while pulling our car and didn't have too many issues. I wouldn't do it again but the streets were wide and traffic wasn't too crazy.

Nestled downtown in a grassy area about the size of a block is the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Touting artwork from over 25 of the world’s most celebrated artists, the park is easy to walk through and follow.

If you go to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park's website you'll find a few handy resources. Even though the park is open to anyone to walk through at no charge, you can setup a guided tour or just use the audio tour online. We used their handy PDF which had some fun suggested activities to do while looking at the artwork. It helped make it more of an interactive experience.

Keep in mind you're not suppose to touch or sit on any of the artwork with one exception--Scott Burton's Seating for Eight which you see we sat at. We thought it would be the perfect place to take a photo and announce to social media that our family of 7 was going to a family of 8 but it didn't work out. The Seating for Eight was in a circle and near impossible to setup a photo.

So if you're visiting Des Moines and want to see one of the highlights of the city, check out Papajohn Sculpture Park.   


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