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Salisbury House
Ranked #15 of 72 things to do in Des Moines
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Owner description: The King's House in Salisbury, England, was the inspiration for this Tudor mansion.
Reviewed 6 June 2018 via mobile

Recently, my husband and I and my son and his wife visited this house. The mansion was built by Carl Weeks and his wife Edith. They had a budget of only $150,000 but ended up spending $3 million total on the house and furnishings. Mr. Weeks invented makeup foundation for women. Take the guided tour which is only $4 more, because you get to go in two additional rooms otherwise closed to the public. The library has a very unique and eclectic collection of books and rare items. This tour is probably more for teens and adults, but I found the history to be fascinating. The guides are well informed. We did not take time to see anything other than the house, but we all enjoyed it, including the men who were skeptical! It does have a small elevator which was helpful, because my husband has difficulty with too many stairs. It is well worth your time and money if you are already visiting the Des Moines area.

Thank nvineyard
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Reviewed 20 April 2018 via mobile

We toured the Salisbury mansion w/ our kids. Beautiful pieces & history to look at, but careful not to touch anything!

Thank Abbie H
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

For a short time during the holidays, the Salisbury House is completely open to the public. Each room is decorated for the holidays. We were welcomed at the door facing Tonawanda at the main entry and had a chance to see the ballroom, the library (which is my favorite room), the kitchens and upstairs to the bedrooms of the parents and all the children. I love the upper part of the main entry with all of the pieces from abbeys and churches. The permanent artwork alone is worth the tour. The family who lived there were avid art collectors and different art is on display at different times during the year. It is nice to have opportunities to think back to the 1920's to how people lived when carriages with horses drove fancy couples up to grand houses for parties. It is also interesting to see how lights were added to houses and think about being one of the first houses with indoor plumbing, etc. It's a grand house, although the other houses in the neighborhood where also being built around it at the same time with garages and bathrooms of their own. This family chose to want to live as if they were in a castle even though the world wars changed the world around them. The house is worth a visit, especially if you visit at a special tour or art exhibit time.

Thank IowaMum
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

Found this house on Tripadvisor while looking for ideas in Des Moines. Absolutely worth the visit. The house is well maintained and the guide had a lot of interesting information and stories about the property and the items inside. The house is built in three styles covering 300 years of English design. An interesting place filled with history.

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Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Before leaving for Des Moines a friend told me that I must visit Salisbury House, an architectural jewel that houses a unique and highly personal art collection. What the Frick Museum is to New York City Salisbury House is to Des Moines. I would have liked to taken the guide led tour but the timing was not convenient. The museum also offers a host of special evening programs that are detailed on their website. It was worth the detour and I look forward to returning there again on my next visit.

1  Thank LDGM
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