I liked that this list of 19 free art museums included the Des Moines Art Center. I visited that museum at least half a dozen times while living in that city and it’s really a great example of how a smaller museum can build a fun experience. Some great contemporary exhibits, some big outdoor sculptures that are almost landscape installations, and an interesting and fun looking building to house the collection.There are so many human tragedies occurring around the world, but I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge that the history major in me feels most deeply hurt by the cultural artifacts being destroyed. Since this was written, ISIS captured the ancient city. Let’s hope they leave them untouched.