The World Food Prize Foundation

Public Tours

PLEASE NOTE: In January 2022 we will be open to the public for docent-led tours on Tuesdays only. Out of an abundance of caution due to COVID-19, visitors will be required to wear masks while in the building. 

The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates tells a story in every room – from the building’s rich history as the Des Moines public library, to the Foundation’s celebrated agricultural and humanitarian pioneers there is something for every visitor. 

Built in 1903, this century-old building has been restored into a museum that celebrates those who have dedicated their lives to fighting hunger around the world. The Hall of Laureates is a beautiful space of learning and collaboration, and we welcome you to visit.

The Hall is open to the public on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Admission is free of charge, and visitors have the opportunity to take a guided tour or explore the building on their own. Private and group tours are also available.


Guided tours at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
There are no guided tours on Saturdays. Docents are stationed in the building to provide information and education.

Private Tours: 
Private and group tours may be scheduled 10 business days in advance:
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

To schedule your tour please contact Nicole Barreca (515-245-3735; email). 

As there is no on-site parking available, guests are asked to park at the meters located around the building or in the surrounding parking ramps. 

Building Accessibility:
The Hall of Laureates building is fully accessible. The accessible entrance is on the east/river side of the building, at the ground level. Every floor of the building is accessible by elevator, and there are not currently wheelchairs available to borrow.

Special Closures:
The Hall of Laureates is closed during all federal holiday weekends, including New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving week and Christmas. The Hall of Laureates is also closed during World Food Prize Week.

Additionally, the hall will be closed on the following dates for private events:

  • November 24-28, 2021
  • December 19, 2021-January 3, 2022
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