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A Walking Art Tour

Take a 1 mile walk around downtown Dubuque to view art #WhereIowaStarted.

Dubuque Museum of Art

DuMA is Iowa’s oldest cultural institution, founded over 140 years ago as the Dubuque Art Association. It has relocated and evolved over the years but the rich history of celebrating the arts is as strong today as it was in 1874 when the first meeting (on record) was held.

Dubuque Museum Of Art

Home to 2,200 works.

Did you know that the museum is home to one of the world’s largest collections of Grant Wood art? Or that it houses works by Edward S. Curtis and Arthur Geisert? Whether you visit for a leisurely stroll through the museum’s permanent collections, or make a special trip for their 2nd Annual Invitational Exhibition (through October 11), start your Dubuque art experience at this iconic Dubuque museum.

The DUMA 2nd Annual Craft Invitational

DuMA presents a new exhibition highlighting fine craft, with an emphasis on traditional materials handled in unexpected and innovative ways. Over 70 handcrafted works by a select group of regionally-based craftspeople working in ceramic, glass, wood, paper, and metal will be featured.

Washington Park

Washington Park

After a day of exploration at DuMA, step outside and take a quick jaunt to Washington Park, located just across the street. This park is a perfect place to take in the hustle and bustle of downtown. 📷@wickedriverllc

Historic Federal Building

The Historic Federal Building is home to works by Bertram Adams, including ‘Early Settlers of Dubuque.’ This painting depicts several symbols of Dubuque’s pioneering days including the Julien Dubuque Monument and Meskwaki village.This and other works can be found in the building’s lobby.

Street Art Mural

Street Art

Just about anywhere you turn downtown Dubuque, you can see vibrant street art adorning the buildings of #WhereIowaStarted.

Art on the River

Art on the River

​End your walking tour in the Port of Dubuque where you can see the Mississippi River, another Smithsonian affiliated museum, and the annual Art on the River exhibit. This installation is an annual temporary attraction that features 10 sculptures situated along the river. 📷 @mtography9

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This article is a paid partnership between Travel Dubuque and the Dubuque Museum of Art.