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  • Find unexpected, world-class art and museums here. If arts and culture is your thing, many of Des Moines' galleries offer free admission! Start at the Des Moines Art Center, which houses impressive collections in a gorgeous building designed by world-class architects. With new exhibitions every 6-8 weeks, the Ankeny Art Center (just minutes from downtown) features local artists' work. Finally, check out the Moberg Gallery, representing fine Midwest artists in various mediums—including paintings, metalworks, glass and more.
  • Get a taste of history on a budget—and for free! Built more than 100 years ago, the Carnegie Library Museum (just outside Des Moines in Perry) is on the National Register of Historic Places and houses many temporary exhibits. The State Historical Museum of Iowa features large interactive exhibits where kids and adults alike can learn about Iowa’s history and culture. Finally, experience the Iowa Gold Star Military Museum, which tells the story of Iowa veterans from the Mexican War of 1846 to present day through exhibits and a public reference library.


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Visit Cedar Falls

Explore nearly 100 miles of outdoor trails and adventure deep in the beauty of Cedar Falls.


Visit Cedar Rapids

While in Iowa, plan a day in Cedar Rapids to enjoy a "fifth season" of vacation fun.



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