Frequently Asked Questions

General Information

 General Information

Yes! See Your Visit for tour schedule and information for individuals and groups.

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.

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.

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: 2017 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:2017 Commercial Photography & Filming Policy. 

Salisbury House is owned by the Salisbury House Foundation.  The home 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.

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.

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.