Book a Private Tour

Salisbury House & Gardens offers a variety of private tours. Tours take guests through the historic mansion, telling the story of Salisbury House and its creation, sharing the history of the family who built it and highlighting significant features in each room.

Student Group Tours:
Educational tours may be scheduled for students ages third grade through college and are eligible for a discount admission rate. 
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Adult Group Tours:
Reservations for private tours may be made for groups of 10 or more and are eligible for a discounted admission rate. A non-refundable, 50% deposit is required to reserve a date. Upon confirming your reservation and receipt of your deposit, you will receive a tour confirmation via email.  Private tours are not solidified on our calendar unless you have received an email confirmation. Groups less than 10 will be asked to join one of the regularly scheduled tours open to the public.
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Specialty Group Tour Options:

Group Tour with Boxed Lunch
Guests experience a private guided tour accompanied by lunch in the Historic Garage. Lunches are provided by Gateway Market and include artisan sandwiches, fresh sides, sea salt kettle potato chips, dessert, and a drink. This option is great for groups spending the day in Des Moines! Reservations may be made Monday – Friday.
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Group Tour with Independently Catered Lunch
Guests enjoy a private guided tour in conjunction with an independently catered luncheon provided by one of our recommended vendors. Luncheons are held in the Historic Garage. This option is perfect for friend and family gatherings, showers, and more! Reservations may be made Monday – Friday. 
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Click here to view a list of our recommended caterers.

Picnic Lunch and Tour
Spend a romantic afternoon at Salisbury House! This option is for two guests and includes a guided tour accompanied by an all-inclusive picnic lunch in the gardens. Reservations may be made during regular museum hours.
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Tea and Tour Luncheon
Experience a world away from ordinary with a private tea in the Common Room accompanied by a guided tour. This option is perfect for friend and family gatherings, showers, and more! Reservations may be made Monday – Friday at the following times: 11 am – 2 pm, 12 – 3 pm, or 1 – 4 pm.
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For questions regarding private group tours or to make a reservation, please contact Bonnie Bronson, Director of Sales and Private Events by email at bbronson@salisburyhouse.org or call 515-274-1777.

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