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Address: 4025 Tonawanda Dr, Des Moines, IA 50312-2909
Phone Number: (515) 274-1777
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor...

The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.

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Absolutely FANTASTIC place!

We stopped on a whim, looking for something to do before our flight left in the early evening. I'm SO glad we stopped in to see everything! Our guide, Julie, was phenomenal and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Tempe, Arizona
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Tempe, Arizona
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped on a whim, looking for something to do before our flight left in the early evening. I'm SO glad we stopped in to see everything! Our guide, Julie, was phenomenal and knew every detail there was to know about the house and the family. We truly enjoyed her as a tour guide! The house and grounds are beautiful,... More 

Thank Hannahbears_mom
Excelsior, Minnesota
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104 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I had an hour to kill and thought we'd check this home out. The cost for a self guided tour is $8.00, which is very reasonable. The place is quite large and we navigated the place easily with the help of a brochure we picked up upon entering. If you take the guided tour, you have access... More 

Thank mamat122963
Aberdeen, Maryland
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212 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Thirty years ago, the Iowa State Educators Association had their headquarters here. That couldn't have been efficient. It certainly was costly. Around 1987, they felt they had to sell their modernist prize, Joseph Stella's "Tree of My Life," which I had enjoyed while it was hanging in the Des Moines Art Center. Sadly, it didn't go to DMAC, but the... More 

Thank lnwyd
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is difficult to believe that this Castle like Museum, once used to be a single family home, yet retains a homelike quality that is warm and welcoming. This house has been built and kept with incredible detail, it is an absolute Masterpiece. Take the tour!! The docent's here will multiply your experience!

Thank Paul S
Berkeley, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

Wander through the salons of this imitation Gothic stone mansion, built by the inventor of face powder back in the 1920s. Heavy curtains, gigantic furniture, a dark high-ceilinged library, long hallways, suits of armor. Set in gracious gardens that are probably glorious in spring. Apparently used for weddings and parties. Stirs the imagination. the upstairs bedrooms contain displays and photos... More 

1 Thank Helena W
Des Moines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Interesting history of the family and seeing how they lived. The grounds are cool and the house is filled with lots of cool paintings and woodwork. Very castle like. Interesting part of Des Moines history.

1 Thank Casey Y
Warsaw, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

if you are a fan of grand and historic homes, this is an unexpected treasure that you cannot miss. We recommend taking the tour for the info and for access to the library, but it's entirely up to you. I'm not sure how this isn't more well known, but I'm glad it wasn't crowded. Very pleasant way to spend some... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

A nice place to visit. Interesting history, next time will take a guided tour so I can see the library as you don't get into the library on the on your own tour.

1 Thank davidjensen399
Fayetteville, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

We took the guided tour. We had a small group and a very entertaining guide. He explained the various architectural history periods the house incorporated. He also included lots of information on the original Weeks family and their being influenced by England architecture. Photographs by individuals are allowed even though signs outside state photography by appointment only.

1 Thank Jack K
Shawnee, Kansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

The Salisbury House was beautiful, the history about the family that lived there and built the home was interesting. If you have any interest in history, art, and architecture you will love this! The tour guide we had was interesting to listen to, enthusiastic about what she was doing, and very well informed. Adiing this stop to your trip will... More 

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