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Terrace Hill

2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
515-281-7205
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Ranked #17 of 23 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: Historic Governor's mansion.
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: Historic Governor's mansion.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Terrace Hill is a historically beautiful place to tour. While the governor and his family were not at home for this visit, I am very glad that I had the chance to see the beauty of the mansion and hear about the history behind the mansion. The added feature for our tour was that the mansion was decorated for Christmas... More 

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Chesterfield, MO
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222 reviews 222 reviews
125 attraction reviews
253 helpful votes 253 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It’s probably just me, but I am uncomfortable touring a house that people live in. Since this is the governor’s house, the family was there on my tour out in the backyard. You only get to see the first and second floor, and family lives on the third floor, but the kids were out playing in the backyard I felt... More 

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London, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This gives you a good view of Iowa 1800's from the view of the banker/businessman/inversionist, rather than just the dirt farmer. I do not like Victorian homes, too over the hill, but this is definitely of historic interest. The guide was very personable, everyone was very pleasant.

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Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This was an interesting tour learning about the history of the mansion. There is so much to learn and the governor has only been residing here for a short time. For just a few bucks, it is well worth the short tour.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I was a chaperone with a school tour and thoroughly enjoyed the tour. The guides are very knowledgeable and enjoy their jobs. There was no other groups there, so we had the whole house to ourselves. Terrace Hill is the Governor's residence, but was the home of the most wealthy resident of Des Moines in the 1800's--sparing no expense when... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews 88 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We were the only 2 people on our tour, so maybe that's why it was so fun ---- but really, our guide was interesting, and we learned a lot on our tour. He took his time, which let us really look around and take in the details. Des Moines' governor is lucky to have such a gem available to him!

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Overland Park, KS
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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We had a lovely time touring the grounds of Terrace Hill. Beautiful home, beautiful grounds and the most interesting conversation with the Governor and First Lady. Would highly recommend this attraction to all.

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Independence, Missouri
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This house is beautiful and full of stories. We really enjoyed the tour and loved seeing it. The beautiful staircase with the stained glass window was marvelous. The whole property was really great to see.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

We did a drive-by of Terrace Hill. It's a beautiful property. Now the Iowa Governor's Mansion, previously the Hubbell Family Home.

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iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

It is a vary nice old home in the DSM area were the Gov. of Iowa lives . It was built back in the late 1890s

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