Frequently Asked Questions

General Information Events at Salisbury House

 General Information

Conservation and restoration remains a continual process at historic house museums such as Salisbury House. Donations help us properly maintain this complex property, while also funding the educational programs that help us to fulfill our mission. Financial support at any level helps to preserve our property and collections, and provide educational and cultural programming for guests of all ages.

To donate to Salisbury House online visit DONATE.
Donations may also be mailed to:

Salisbury House Foundation
4025 Tonawanda Drive
Des Moines, Iowa 50312

Yes! Salisbury House offers Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours as well as Student and Adult Group Tours. For more information, please see VISIT.  

Salisbury House Museum Hours & Tours:

Wednesday-Saturday 
Self-Guided Tours
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

*Guided Tours
10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3:15 p.m.

Sunday  
Self-Guided Tours
12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

*Guided Tours
1:30 and 3:15 p.m.

*Guided Tours are subject to tour guide availability. 

Please check our events calendar page for special hours or early closures. 

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

Questions? Call 515-274-1777.

Daily tours and pricing is as follows:

Guided Tours
$15 Adults 
$14 Seniors (age 65+)
$7 Veterans/Active Military (upon presentation of military I.D.)
$5 Youth (age 6-12)
Children ages 5 and under are free with paid adult admission.

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

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 one of our regularly scheduled daily tours, advanced reservations are not required. Tickets for daily tours may be purchased at our admissions desk upon your arrival.

Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more people. As our tour guides are volunteers who generously donate their time, we request two weeks advance notice to confirm a private tour for groups of 10 or more. For more information or to make a reservation for your group, please contact the Foundation Office Monday - Friday at (515) 274-1777 or email jnicolet@salisburyhouse.org

Go to Visit for more information about our tour options.

Salisbury House is located in the heart of Des Moines' historic South of Grand neighborhood. From I-235, take the 42nd Street exit. Proceed South on 42nd Street for about 1/2 mile.  Turn left onto 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 parking lot. Accessible parking is available on the North side of the property in the circle drive parking area.  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 in the Great Hall inside the main house. Proceed up the stairs from the main parking lot and enter through the South door off the garden. If parking in the accessible parking on the North side of the house, enter the house through the main arched entrance.

Due to the historic nature of the house, it is handicap accessible to a degree.  There is a small 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 North side of the house in the designated accessible parking area.  To access the circle drive, follow the driveway around the West side of the house.

Salisbury House, the garden and grounds, as well as the Foundation office are closed on most major holidays including Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Please check our events calendar page for special hours or early closures. Or call 515-274-1777.

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. Non-flash photography is allowed inside the House during your tour. Professional or commercial photography is not allowed inside the museum.  

ALL photography and/or filming on Salisbury House property, whether its personal, professional, or commercial, requires advanced approval with a completed application and payment of appropriate fees.

For application and information regarding scheduling a photography session for non-commercial, personal use (engagement photos, family photos, maternity photos, senior pictures, etc.) please click here: 2020 Private Photography Policy.

For application and 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:2020 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.

Volunteers are at the heart of Salisbury House and Gardens. They provide year-round support for many of our public events as well as assist with onsite projects and maintenance. As a volunteer, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at Salisbury House while ensuring guests receive a world-class, cultural experience. Everything from our largest events to daily activities are volunteer-based and we strive to provide a unique, positive experience for every volunteer.

Volunteer opportunities include our tour guide program, assisting at public program events, various service projects, and occasional opportunities for special volunteer roles. 

Please click here if you are interested in getting involved with Salisbury House as a volunteer. For more information, please contact Jaime Nicolet by email at jnicolet@salisburyhouse.org or call 515-274-1777.

 

Membership at Salisbury House & Gardens is designed for supporters who want to financially assist our historic museum, while also being active participants in our special events, tours and activities. Membership and donations at any level benefits the ongoing operations of the organization and its efforts to preserve and share the estate and its collections with the community.

Please click here if you are interested in becoming a Salisbury House Member.

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

The Salisbury House Foundation was formed in 1993 by a group of neighbors who recognized the historic significance of the House and its contents, and wanted to preserve them for future generations. In 1998, the Foundation purchased the grounds, house and contents from the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA) who was utilizing much of Salisbury House as their headquarters and offices. 

Salisbury House opened as a historic house museum in 1999. 

Want to help with our ongoing restoration efforts? Visit our donate page. Financial support at any level helps to preserve our property and collections, and provide educational and cultural programming for guests of all ages.


 

Salisbury House Foundation is committed to giving back to our community by donating to local non-profit events and causes whose primary focus is arts and culture in the greater Des Moines area. Salisbury House Foundation requires submission of the donation request form and your organization’s cover letter at least 3 WEEKS prior to your event date to be considered. You must provide a donation receipt if your request is approved.  

DONATION REQUEST AND GUIDELINES FORM

 

 

 

 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 occasions - weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, anniversary celebrations, receptions, holiday gatherings, birthday parties, corporate meetings, etc!

Please click here for general information regarding renting our venue. If you would like to inquire about date availability, rates or to schedule a tour, contact Rachel Vaughan, Director of Sales and Events at rvaughan@salisburyhouse.org or call 515-274-1777 ext. 1002 Monday - Friday.

Salisbury House hosts a variety of entertaining and noteworthy public events and programs throughout the year. Whatever your interest or age, we invite you to come and enjoy all that we have to offer! To view a current list of public events and to purchase tickets to an event, please see Events & Tickets.