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Terrace Hill

2300 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312
515-281-7205
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Ranked #23 of 44 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Description: Historic Governor's mansion.
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London, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
64 helpful votes 64 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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13 helpful votes 13 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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Des Moines, Iowa
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

The tour of Terrace Hill was very interesting and the stories were very informative and fun to listen to. This tour is NOT for toddlers and their sippy cups! There is history to preserve and dripping sippy cups are not allowed.

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Luang Prabang
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2012

You'll be captured by its ornamentation frills . The tours of the public areas of its interior also will keep you interested. It would be fun to be able also see the upper floors that is the state governor's private residence, but you need an invitation from the governor to do so.

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