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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 reviews
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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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6 reviews
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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223 reviews
138 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 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 291 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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53 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 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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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: 2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
Phone Number: 515-281-7205
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

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