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Address: 2300 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5308
Phone Number: 515-281-7205
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Historic Governor's mansion.

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We watched a 15 minute video and then were escorted on a tour. The lady volunteer was informative and enjoyable. She provided a lot of family information, building details, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 5, 2016
Jack K
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
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25 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

We watched a 15 minute video and then were escorted on a tour. The lady volunteer was informative and enjoyable. She provided a lot of family information, building details, and interesting events and visitors to the mansion. Parking is near the entrance road just off Grand Ave, so there is a climb up the hill to the offices. I recommend... More 

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North Carolina Coast, North Carolina
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Wonderful tour. The mansion has a very interesting history. All period furnishings. We photos were allowed inside.

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1 Thank Pamela H
Des Moines, Iowa
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58 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Terrace Hill is the Governor's residence/mansion for the state of Iowa. The lower level is open to the public. The upper level is the residence of the Governor and his family and is private. It is well kept and very interesting to tour, especially at Christmas-time when decorated for the holidays. Worth a trip. Every Iowan, especially should see this... More 

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La Plata, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

Iowan's should be proud of the work of their historical society to preserve the history. I had the priviledge to tour to Terrace Hill and what architectural marvel. The history behind the building is excellent. It is one of many must see buildings in Des Moines. If you are a history buff you will love this.

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1 Thank Dominic Z
Fairbank, Iowa
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2016

This is a beautiful Victorian home built in the 1880s complete with furnishings from the period. Our family of four were the only people on the tour, so we were able to take our time and ask lots of questions. I was disappointed that we were not able to go into the rooms and see them completely. Although the admission... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2016

This mansion was formerly the home for the Hubbell family. They gave it to the State of Iowa and it was made into the Governors home. It takes one back to Victorian times with its wide staircase with a huge stained glass window at the top of the first landing. The home is worth seeing and is open on Sunday... More 

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Seward, Nebraska
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

We enjoyed our outstanding tour guide and felt that we were able to see more and learn more than on a larger tour (6 in our group). The $5 entry fee is a bargain. We were visiting Des Moines and were so glad we stopped here on a snowy day.

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Harrisonville, Missouri
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Unique house, cool story. Tours very well done. 1st lady of Iowa even made an appearance while we were there.

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Hershey, Pennsylvania
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289 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Unexpected gem of a Victorian mansion used as the Governor's residence. One is permitted to tour the entire house except for the top floor which has been remodeled and updated for the Governor. Beautiful building with stained glass and pure history. We were there as a group from a conference. Do not know of a cost.

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florida
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750 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 196 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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