Salisbury House and Gardens

Salisbury House and Gardens Salisbury House & Gardens is a 42 room architectural wonder built between 1923-1928 by cosmetics pioneer, Carl Weeks. Come tour this exquisite American estate and its diverse collections of art, furniture and worldly treasures.
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Join us as we begin a new Valentine’s tradition here at Salisbury! Send a photo of you and the person you love to Taylor...
01/23/2021

Join us as we begin a new Valentine’s tradition here at Salisbury! Send a photo of you and the person you love to Taylor at [email protected] and we’ll create an ornament for our beautiful pink Valentine’s tree! Were you married or engaged at Salisbury? We’d love to display your photo too! #salisburyhousedsm #valentinesday #love #desmoines #housemuseum

Thanks to Prairie Meadows' generous support, touring is free for homeschool families through the end of May 2021! Salisb...
01/22/2021

Thanks to Prairie Meadows' generous support, touring is free for homeschool families through the end of May 2021! Salisbury House has incorporated safety procedures to ensure your health and is a great educational tool for students K-12. Tours are available Wednesday - Sunday. To schedule, call 515-274-1777, or email, [email protected]. #salisburyhousedsm #homeschool #homeschooling #covidsafe Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel

Performing at Tea at the Castle, Salisbury House's upcoming virtual event, will be the talented jazz vocalist, Max Wellm...
01/15/2021
Night & Day - Max Wellman

Performing at Tea at the Castle, Salisbury House's upcoming virtual event, will be the talented jazz vocalist, Max Wellman! Listen to Max, the founder of Noce jazz club in downtown Des Moines, to be instantly transported to the great musical era of Sinatra and Connick!

Purchase tickets to Tea at the Castle on February 13 by visiting salisburyhouse.org today. #teaatthecastle #salisburyhousedsm #maxwellman

Written by Cole Porter.Performed by Max Wellman & The Des Moines Big Band in November 2016 at Noce.

01/15/2021

WEATHER NOTICE: Salisbury House & Gardens will be closed to the public Friday, January 15th, due to snow and blizzard conditions. The museum will reopen for tours on Saturday, January 16th, at 10:00 am. Thank you for you understanding and stay safe. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines

Thanks to Prairie Meadows' generous support, touring is free for homeschool families through the end of May 2021! Salisb...
01/09/2021

Thanks to Prairie Meadows' generous support, touring is free for homeschool families through the end of May 2021! Salisbury House has incorporated safety procedures to ensure your health and is a great educational tool for students K-12. Tours are available Wednesday - Sunday. To schedule, call 515-274-1777, or email, [email protected]. #salisburyhousedsm #homeschool #homeschooling #covidsafe Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel

Join us for an extra-special Tea at the Castle on February 13 as we celebrate Carl & Edith's Love Story, the original bu...
01/08/2021

Join us for an extra-special Tea at the Castle on February 13 as we celebrate Carl & Edith's Love Story, the original builders and owners of Salisbury House!

Pick up your tea kit at Salisbury and safely enjoy the virtual program from the comfort of your home. Tea kits include all the wonderful local teas, honey and flowers you've come to love. And this time, we've partnered with Country Club Market to bring you new and delicious bites to eat (menu coming soon!).

Visit our Tea at the Castle events page to learn more or purchase tickets by clicking the link below!

https://salisburyhouse.z2systems.com/np/clients/salisburyhouse/event.jsp?event=307&%20

The team here at Salisbury House & Gardens is delighted to announce that we were among the 267 cultural organizations to...
01/07/2021

The team here at Salisbury House & Gardens is delighted to announce that we were among the 267 cultural organizations to receive CARES funding through the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program! This much-needed funding will assist with expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure that we can continue to provide our community with arts, culture, and educational experiences. Thank you, Department of Cultural Affairs, Iowa Arts Council, and Governor Kim Reynolds. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #iowaarts #fundiowaculturemakers #keepiowacreating

Happy New Year! From the staff here at Salisbury House & Gardens, thank you for your support during 2020 and we look for...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year! From the staff here at Salisbury House & Gardens, thank you for your support during 2020 and we look forward to seeing you all in 2021. Best wishes for health and happiness! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #historichouse #HappyNewYear2021

Happy New Year's Eve from Salisbury House & Gardens! Our new year wish is that your 2021 is full of good health, great p...
12/31/2020

Happy New Year's Eve from Salisbury House & Gardens! Our new year wish is that your 2021 is full of good health, great people, lots of love, and laughter. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #NewYear #2021

Ready to pop the question to your partner? Contact us to see how we can help you create the perfect engagement story! 💍🥂...
12/28/2020

Ready to pop the question to your partner? Contact us to see how we can help you create the perfect engagement story! 💍🥂💕

Pictured is our very own curator @jaim3nicol3t and her fiancé @rutankevin! Congratulations! ♥️

#salisburyhousedsm #desmoinesiowa #engagement #wedding #housemuseum #love

From all of us at Salisbury House & Gardens, Merry Christmas! May your day be full of love and laughter. #salisburyhouse...
12/25/2020

From all of us at Salisbury House & Gardens, Merry Christmas! May your day be full of love and laughter. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #merrychristmas #housemuseum

Happy throwback Thursday and Christmas Eve! Today we feature a photo from the archives depicting a 1960s school group vi...
12/24/2020

Happy throwback Thursday and Christmas Eve! Today we feature a photo from the archives depicting a 1960s school group visiting Salisbury House over the holidays. Salisbury House has been an educational resource for decades, and we welcome hundreds of students each year. To all of the educators, learners of all ages, and Salisbury House supporters, Happy Holidays! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #seasonsgreetings #ThankATeacher

Salisbury House & Gardens will be closed Christmas Day. But don’t worry - we will be open Christmas Eve for tours at 10a...
12/24/2020

Salisbury House & Gardens will be closed Christmas Day. But don’t worry - we will be open Christmas Eve for tours at 10am, 11:15am, and 12:30pm! Call Taylor at 515.274.1777 to reserve you and your family’s spot.🎄salisburyhousedsm #hollyandivy #desmoines #iowa #housemuseum #holidayseasonlive

12/21/2020

Holly & Ivy is one of Santa's favorite Salisbury House events, but he could not join in person due to the pandemic. To celebrate the season and share in the holiday magic, Santa reads "The Night Before Christmas" in the Salisbury House library. Holly & Ivy tickets are still available through January 2nd. Purchase yours now! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #santaclauseiscomingtotown #holidayseason

Seasons Greetings! Today, we have a sweet holiday card from the Weeks men dating from the mid-1940s. This card features ...
12/20/2020

Seasons Greetings! Today, we have a sweet holiday card from the Weeks men dating from the mid-1940s. This card features Carl, Lafayette, and William Weeks and reads, "Holiday Greetings from the three bachelors at Salisbury House - Carl, William & Lafe Weeks." #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #holidaygreetings #tistheseason

On this day in history, Lafayette Weeks participated in a Christmas Play! Pictured second to the left, Lafe played a boy...
12/18/2020

On this day in history, Lafayette Weeks participated in a Christmas Play! Pictured second to the left, Lafe played a boy doll in the play "The Rag Doll's Christmas Eve." #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #onlyiniowa #holidayseason

12/17/2020

This holiday season, we need your help more than ever. Please consider a donation to Salisbury House & Garden's 2020 Annual Campaign.
https://salisburyhouse.org/donate.php #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #onlyiniowa #historichouse #seasonofgiving

On this day in history, The Des Moines Register featured Lafe Weeks skiing in the Society Club section - December 16, 19...
12/16/2020

On this day in history, The Des Moines Register featured Lafe Weeks skiing in the Society Club section - December 16, 1928. Look at that happy smile! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #onlyiniowa #winterwonderland #thisdayinhistory

12/14/2020

The incredibly talented Dueling Fiddles filmed their latest video, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies and Trepak Remix, right here at Salsibury House & Gardens! See the house in person, decorated for Holly & Ivy, Wednesday through Sunday during our timed tours at 12, 1:15, 2:30, 4:15, and 5:30. Call 515.274.1777 to purchase and reserve your spot today!
#salisburyhousedsm #duelingfiddles #vineproductions #housemuseum #holidaymusic #hollyandivy

Is it just us or does Salisbury look particularly beautiful covered in a blanket of snow? ❄️🤍#salisburyhousedsm #housemu...
12/13/2020

Is it just us or does Salisbury look particularly beautiful covered in a blanket of snow? ❄️🤍

#salisburyhousedsm #housemuseum #historicalhome #desmoineiowa

Make sure to check out Salisbury House's Instagram and Facebook stories to see some cool, rarely seen house highlights! ...
12/10/2020

Make sure to check out Salisbury House's Instagram and Facebook stories to see some cool, rarely seen house highlights! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #onlyiniowa #historichouse #housemuseum

In 1923, construction was just beginning on Salisbury House. In this picture, dated  December 8th, 1923, we see the Hist...
12/08/2020

In 1923, construction was just beginning on Salisbury House. In this picture, dated December 8th, 1923, we see the Historic Garage's foundation and walls. What a stunning image! #salisburyhousedsm #thisdayinhistory #desmoines #onlyiniowa #historichouse

Happy Birthday, Evert (Hud) Weeks! Hud was born on December 6th, 1912, and was the third son of Carl and Edith. During h...
12/06/2020

Happy Birthday, Evert (Hud) Weeks! Hud was born on December 6th, 1912, and was the third son of Carl and Edith. During his lifetime, Hud was passionate about swimming, sailing, and flying. In 1937, Hud won the Miami Regatta, and during WWII, he was ensigned with the Navy. Hud married Ellen (Nellie) Cooper in 1938, and they had two children, Cooper and Barbara. Happy Birthday!
#salisburyhousedsm #onlyiniowa #desmoines #historichouse #happybirthday

Santa isn’t able to attend Holly & Ivy this year but he did make a quick stop at Salisbury House to read his favorite bo...
12/06/2020

Santa isn’t able to attend Holly & Ivy this year but he did make a quick stop at Salisbury House to read his favorite book by the fire in the library! 🎅🏾🎄

Visit salisburyhouse.org to learn more about touring Salisbury (decorated for the holidays!) both virtually and in-person. #salisburyhouedsm #hollyandivy #holidays #housemuseum #desmoinesiowa

This #throwbackthursday we celebrate (belatedly) the birthday of Salisbury House visionary Carl Weeks! Born December 2nd...
12/03/2020

This #throwbackthursday we celebrate (belatedly) the birthday of Salisbury House visionary Carl Weeks! Born December 2nd, 1876, Carl was a pharmacist and cosmetic inventor. Picture below is Carl celebrating his 50th birthday in the newly built Salisbury House, complete with a cake featuring a miniature of the new home. Happy birthday Carl! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #onlyiniowa #happybirthday

12/01/2020
Holly & Ivy

Join us December 4 through the 30 for Holly & Ivy, the utliamte home tour event! Purchase tickets and view the program virtually or come see the Salisbury House in person via timed ticketed entry. Visit salisburyhouse.org today! #salisburyhousedsm #hollyandivy #holidays #desmoinesiowa

Oh, don’t mind us. We’re just over here swooning, remembering the beautiful moody lighting and crisp gorgeous leaves at ...
11/28/2020

Oh, don’t mind us. We’re just over here swooning, remembering the beautiful moody lighting and crisp gorgeous leaves at Sarah and Andrew’s mid-October wedding.💕🍂
#salisburyhouseandgardens #wedding #love #weddingphotography#weddinginspiration #housemuseum #desmoines #iowa 📸: @annajon.es

Salisbury House will be closed Saturday, November 28th, through Thursday, December 3rd, to decorate for  Holly & Ivy. Ma...
11/28/2020

Salisbury House will be closed Saturday, November 28th, through Thursday, December 3rd, to decorate for Holly & Ivy. Make sure to join us on December 4th - 31st for the holiday decoration event of the season! Tickets available online or over the phone. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #onlyiniowa #winterwonderland

Less than 20 tickets remain for the December 12th Tea at the Castle event! Get yours at salisburyhouse.org or by calling...
11/27/2020

Less than 20 tickets remain for the December 12th Tea at the Castle event! Get yours at salisburyhouse.org or by calling 515-274-1777. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #onlyiniowa #historichouse #teatime

Here at Salisbury House & Gardens, we are thankful to our community for the support and love received during the 2020 ye...
11/26/2020

Here at Salisbury House & Gardens, we are thankful to our community for the support and love received during the 2020 year. From the staff at Salisbury House & Gardens, thank you and have a happy Thanksgiving! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #onlyiniowa #historichouse #thankfulforyou

11/25/2020

Do you know about our two-for-one Holly & Ivy tickets? There are only 30 tickets remaining for the holiday home tour event that include BOTH the virtual program AND a one-time admittance into the decorated Salisbury House!

Don't wait! After these are sold, tickets must be purchased individually. Visit salisburyhouse.org to get yours today!

11/24/2020

Join us as we talk about Salisbury House & Gardens upcoming Holly & Ivy semi-virtual event! December 4-30. Tickets are going fast so visit salisburyhouse.org to purchase tickets today! #salisburyhousedsm #housemuseum #hollyandivy

Salisbury House will be closed for tours from Monday, November 23rd through Thursday, December 3rd, for Holly & Ivy deco...
11/23/2020

Salisbury House will be closed for tours from Monday, November 23rd through Thursday, December 3rd, for Holly & Ivy decorating! The house will reopen on Friday, December 4th. Make sure to get your Holly & Ivy tickets today! #salisburyhousedsm #historichouse #housemuseum #desmoines #onlyiniowa #happyholidays

We’re obsessed with this shot, this room, and this couple! 💕👏🏽👏🏽 @annajon.es for always capturing beautiful little momen...
11/21/2020

We’re obsessed with this shot, this room, and this couple! 💕

👏🏽👏🏽 @annajon.es for always capturing beautiful little moments at Salisbury. #salisburyhousedsm #weddings #housemuseum #desmoines

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4025 Tonawanda Drive
Des Moines, IA
50312

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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(515) 274-1777

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Hello! College Magazine included Salisbury House in its guide to enjoying a safe summer in Des Moines. Many people appreciate historical sites like Salisbury for their beauty and educational qualities -- thank you for your work this summer to keep Des Moines safe! Feel free to check out the article and share!
Missy and I took the self tour of the house this afternoon. Wow - the scale of it and the details are amazing. A real treasure that everyone should visit! Very nice to dream for a minute what it would be like to live there!
In these days of so much hand washing, the wonderful hand cream from Salisbury House is doing a marvelous job for me. Yay Carl Weeks.
We had FUN at the Murder Mystery Dinner last night! Thanks and glad it helped raise funds for this magnificent place!
what better compliment can I give the Macbeth performance than this picture? Your talented group absolutely entranced by 8 and 13 year old daughters. Thank you for such a magical night, and helping kids develop a love of live theatre!
Going to Shakespeare on the Lawn June 11th. Join us.
Had a great night at the murder mystery tonight. All the guests were great. Thanks Buddy lol
I thought I would stop by and look at this beautiful home in the summertime while it's snowing cats and dogs here. Can it snow cats and dogs?
I recently visited your museum and was intrigued by the choice of bedspreads in two of the bedrooms. One looked similar to a bedspread my sister recently purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond and the second like something straight out of a down-home, country bedroom. The museum did such a good job of transporting me into the past until I was jarred back into present time as I came upon these items. As a lover of historic house museums, I am bewildered with these selections. Simply an observation.
Kristie Karima Burns
Hello Salisbury House and Garden Fans, I’m spending this beautiful summer day looking for a family to host a boy from Spain named Pablo. Can you help me get the word out about this amazing cultural exchange opportunity? Here is a bit about Pablo. He is described as friendly, sociable, healthy and athletic. He enjoys playing tennis, ping pong and soccer and he also likes to snow ski. His favorite food is pizza! Can anyone help me in my search for a family who can open their heart and home to Pablo? We’re offering a $150.00 referral gift card or donation for the name of any family that will host. It is through student exchange that we plant seeds of kindness and understanding while building friendships around the world. PM me or email me at [email protected] if you are interested in applying to host Pablo or if you know of another good family that might enjoy hosting him. Thank you! Claire Yocom STS Foundation Local Coordinator
Salisbury House and Gardens is in Iowa's new afternoon tea directory from Destination Tea (www.destinationtea.com/iowa)! #IAAfternoonTea