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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 103 things to do in Des Moines
Type: Historic sites, Art museums, History museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
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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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Cancun
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Beautiful place to view. Great entertainers perform here. They have plays and individuals perform in their theater.

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Blue Grass, Iowa
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118 reviews 118 reviews
39 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Tudor, Gothic and Carolean style manor home built by cosmetic magnate Carl Weeks between 1923 and 1928. It was modeled after the 15th century "King's House" in Salisbury England. Many of the paintings, furniture and fixtures are from the Weeks collection assembled over many years. Well worth seeing.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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60 reviews 60 reviews
17 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 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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227 reviews 227 reviews
126 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 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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196 reviews 196 reviews
123 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 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, Florida
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184 reviews 184 reviews
27 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 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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