Frequently Asked Questions

General Information Events at Salisbury House

 General Information

Yes! Salisbury House offers a variety of tours options for individuals and groups. For more information, please see Visit.    

For a current list of hours and tour times, please see the yellow box on the left-hand side. Please note, Salisbury House is closed most major holidays including Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

To view a listing of early closures, please see our Calendar under the Events & Tickets tab or call 515-274-1777.

Salisbury House is located in the heart of Des Moines' South of Grand neighborhood.  From 235, take the 42nd Street exit.  Proceed South on 42nd Street for about 1/2 mile.  Turn left on Tonawanda Drive.  Salisbury House is located at 4025 Tonawanda Drive.  It is the the third property on the North side of the street.  Parking is available in the main lot.  Handicap parking is available on the North side of the property in the circle drive.  To access the circle drive, you will need to proceed up the driveway and wind around the West side of the building.

Admission tickets are sold from the Great Hall, on the North West side of the house. 

The house is handicap accessible to a degree.  There is an elevator that allows access to the second floor, but there are steps that lead to some of the bedrooms and steps that lead from the Great Hall to the Common Room. The restrooms are handicapped accessible.

Please note, the house is situated up on a hill.  Handicap parking is available on the circle drive on the North side of the house.  To access the circle drive, guests need to follow the driveway around the West side of the house.

Daily tours and pricing is as follows:

Self-guided Tours
$8 Adults
$7 Seniors (age 65+)
$2 Youth (age 6-12)/age 5 and under are free with adult admission
Free-Veterans/Active Military (upon presentation of military I.D.)

Guided Tours
$12 Adults 
$11 Seniors (age 65+)
$4 Veterans/Active Military (upon presentation of military I.D.)
$3 Youth (age 6-12)/age 5 and under free with adult admission

Tickets for daily tours may be purchased at our admissions desk upon arrival. For more information about daily tours and group tours, please see Visit.

To join a regular daily tour, advanced reservations are not required. Tickets for daily tours made be purchased at our admissions desk upon your arrival.

Reservations are required for private group tours. To make schedule a group tour, please contact 515-274-1777. More information about private group tour options, are listed under Visit.

Salisbury House, grounds, and offices are closed on most major holidays including Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Non-commercial photography is allowed during tours with paid admission to Salisbury House. Photographs taken during your visit to Salisbury House cannot be commercially published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner whatsoever.

Those interested in scheduling a private photography session on our premises, need to make advance arrangements with the Administrative Office. 

For information regarding scheduling a photography session for non-commercial, personal use (engagement photos, family photos, maternity photos, senior pictures, etc.) please click here: 2018 Private Photography Policy

For information regarding scheduling a photography or filming session for commercial or professional use (magazine ads, retail advertising, movies, t.v. commercials, music videos, etc.) please click here:2018 Commercial Photography & Filming Policy. 

Please note, wedding photography is not allowed and is restricted to clients getting married at Salisbury House in conjunction with a paid private rental contract.

Please click here if you are interested in volunteer oportunities.

Please click here if you are interested in becoming a member.

Or call 515-274-1777.

Salisbury House & Gardens is owned and operated by the Salisbury House Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation founded to preserve, interpret and share the property for the cultural and educational benefit of the public. 

The house and the original collections from the Weeks family were purchased in 1998 from the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA).  Salisbury House served as the headquarters for ISEA from 1954-1998.  ISEA moved their offices from Salisbury House in 1999.

 Events at Salisbury House

Salisbury House is an idyllic backdrop for private and corporate gatherings.  The property can be rented for a variety of special occations - weddings, rehearsal dinners, anniversary celebrations, receptions, holiday gatherings, birthday parties, corporate meetings, etc!

Please click here for general information regarding renting our venue. If you are interested in hosting a private or corporate event at Salisbury House, and would like to inquire about date availability and pricing, please call Bonnie Bronson at 515-274-1777 ext. 1002 or send an inquiry via email for more specifics.

Salisbury House hosts a variety of public programs and events throughout the year. To view a current list of public events and to purchase tickets to an event, please see Events & Tickets.

The Steinway Experience allows guests to play the 1930 custom-made Steinway piano at Salisbury House for at a rate of $50.00 for a maximum of one hour. Piano sessions are scheduled by appointment during regular museum hours based on availability. Proceeds benefit Salisbury House Foundation to preserve Salisbury House and its collections.

Pianists must complete The Steinway Experience Application upon scheduling their session. Guests of the pianists are subject to regular admission fees. Advanced scheduling is limited.

 

For more information or to schedule a piano session, please call 515-274-1777 or email contactus@salisburyhouse.org.

The Steinway Experience for Kids allows children 18 years old or under the opportunity to play the custom-made 1930 Steinway piano at Salisbury House at no charge for a maximum of 30 minutes. Piano sessions are scheduled by appointment on Sundays between the hours of 12:00-2:00 pm.

Guardians must complete The Steinway Experience for Kids Application upon scheduling their session. Guardians and other guests are subject to regular admission fees. Advanced scheduling is limited.

 

For more information or to schedule a piano session, please call 515-274-1777 or email contactus@salisburyhouse.org.