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Address: 2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone Number: 515-281-7205
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Description: Historic Governor's mansion.

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A wonderful gov mansion

Visited this wonderful old mansion and learned a lot about the present governor The rooms are richly decorated with beautiful Victorian furniture and wonderful rugs The grounds... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Visited this wonderful old mansion and learned a lot about the present governor The rooms are richly decorated with beautiful Victorian furniture and wonderful rugs The grounds are beautiful and there is a very interesting video about the different owners in the visitors center. There is a very small charge of $5.00 Well worth it

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Urbandale, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The Salisbury house is a very well kept example of a Victorian Mansion. As you walk from room to room you can picture the parties, or family gatherings that took place there. Today you might be lucky enough to meet the governor or a family member as they head to the 3rd floor, now the governor's residence. Beautifully decorated with... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

Terrace Hill is an interesting home in beautiful condition. The third floor is the private residence of the governor and therefore off-limits. Unfortunately, every room on the first two floors are also off limits. The tour consists of an interesting 15 minute video, and then a walk down the short main hallway on each floor with a peek in each... More 

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Lake Mills, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a great piece of history located in Des Moines! To start the tour, we watched a 15 minute informational video about the first and second owners in the carriage room. We then walked over to the house and began our tour. We got to see almost all of the rooms on the 1st and 2nd floor. The woodwork,... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Beautifully maintained Victorian mansion and the home of the governor. Well worth the time. This home has been repeatedly featured in the Iowan magazine and ranks high among places to visit in the state's capital.

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Elmhurst, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 295 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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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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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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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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Address: 2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone Number: 515-281-7205
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

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