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Salisbury House

Address: 4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA
Phone Number: (515) 274-1777
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Ranked #9 of 30 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
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Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We visited the Salisbury house in December and it was all decorated for the holidays. It was beautiful! it was a fun stop and we did a self guided tour - took about 1 hour. In that hour I accumulated some beautiful pictures!

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Seattle, Washington
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I visited the house this weekend. I'm not sure what the deal was but for $20, I was granted admission to several other historic houses in town, even though the others are not as much popular as the Salisbury house. The house is living proof of fine taste backed by almost unlimited wealth. Built in 1923 by cosmetic magnate Carl... More 

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IA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Growing up in Iowa, we trekked across the state on a school excursion eons ago to visit Salisbury House. That memory stuck(along with the tour of the A& E dairy,lol).When I returned to Iowa, I renewed my acquaintance at the recently relinquished ISEA headquarters and enjoyed watching the growth and restoration by the Salisbury House Foundation patrons. Besides great tours... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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225 reviews 225 reviews
125 attraction reviews
255 helpful votes 255 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The first challenge is actually finding the house. It is buried deep in a residential neighborhood, near the Des Moines Arts Center and I entered off Tonawanda Drive and Grand, it is much easier if you enter off 42nd Street. There is a wide driveway with parking, but it is on a steep slope, they have a small number of... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota
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193 reviews 193 reviews
123 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Nestled in a residential community, Salisbury House is a lovely home with great architecture, large collection of art/books/furniture, and interesting history. There are two tours available--personal walking tour ($8) and guided tour ($12). I would highly suggest the $12 tour so you can rooms that off limits in the walking tour. I went on a Saturday morning for the 11... More 

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marrsamuse
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The house was made form 16th century oak, imported from England, so the woodwork is wonderful. The decor takes you over to houses in Europe; friends who have seem photos and have traveled abroad thought the main room was from Italy. They have a wonderful chamber concert series there, as well as a number of social events (Gatsby ball, etc.).... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Wow, this mansion is fabulous! I have enjoyed the mansions in Newport and the Biltmore....and while those are much bigger and more elaborate, I loved seeing this similar slice of history in Des Moines. It is amazing to see how the architects designed the old (like an English castle) with the "new" (1920s "technology" when it was built). We did... More 

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Panama City, Panama
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181 reviews 181 reviews
27 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We toured ourselves through the building as we had missed a guided tour by 20 minutes and didn't have the time to wait for the next. However, one of the guides, between tours, to the time to show us a few secrets and add to our knowledge of the home. It served to point out how much more we would... More 

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London, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Never would we have thought this place was in the middle of Des Moines. Sister-in-law arranged a cultural afternoon for the Canadian/California relatives. A great experience. If you live near, take the time. You will see a typical country ENGLISH home, mansion,,,, lets face it....... but very well worth the trip. Excellent guide, very helpful and knowledgeable. After 30 yrs... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I love touring old homes like this. The house is a very pretty property and should be on your list of things to do in Des Moines - if you like this sort of thing. I give it 4 stars only because the person isn't famous.

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