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Terrace Hill

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Educational history of Iowa and Des Moines

It was like a living museum. As the residence of the governor, people actually live here and events... read more

Reviewed November 3, 2018
Todd D
Definitely worth $5

It is a beautiful 150 year old mansion currently used as the governor's residence. You receive an... read more

Reviewed October 5, 2018
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2300 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5308
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Reviewed November 3, 2018

It was like a living museum. As the residence of the governor, people actually live here and events are held in the rooms, so it's not a dusty museum. However, there is quite a bit of history to learn. Small group tours are great.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Todd D
Reviewed October 5, 2018

It is a beautiful 150 year old mansion currently used as the governor's residence. You receive an hour long tour of the home and a local history lesson.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

Some of the history of Des Moines preserved in this building. Nice to see it is well cared for, and worth the trip.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

The background story to the building is fascinating. The house itself is also intriguing and tells a story of its own. Wonderful design features, impressive woodwork, furniture, parquet floors and much more. Well worth the time to visit.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018

The house and tour was very nice. We loved all the items that belonged to the original family. Very rich in Iowa's history.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 15, 2018

The interesting volunteer-run tour of this historic home is informative and gives you a nice overview of the history and the significant features of this stately mansion. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in beautiful architecture. We enjoyed the tour and admired all the lovely...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

Very informative tour lasting about an hour and starting with a short video of its history. Tour guide knew a lot of facts and was fun to listen to. Probably not something for very young kids.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Reader95
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

This is a guided tour of the 1st and 2nd floor and the governor lives on the 3rd floor. Betty Shellie was an excellent guide giving us so much information about the home and allowing us plenty of time to look around or ask questions....More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Tyke555
Reviewed April 17, 2018

We arrived on a cold Saturday in time for the 11:30 tour. I was surprised at how many others joined us. Our tour guide, John is clearly in love with this building, flaws and all. He points out mistakes, tells stories and jokes and gives...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Stephen C
Reviewed October 15, 2017

The tour of Terrace Hill, the Iowa Governor's mansion, is well worth the time. It is a beautiful home and the tour guide was very knowledgeable.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Denise D
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Diane P
June 12, 2018|
Response from Reader95 | Reviewed this property |
Closed Sunday and Monday
lucy c
September 15, 2015|
Response from 874kathies | Reviewed this property |
Do a google search for Terrace Hill, Des Moines, IA They do offer tours and a number to call to book a tour and an email for contact information.