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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The first 250 tickets sold to this years Holly & Ivy event will receive access to the virtual program AND a one-time adm...
11/13/2020

The first 250 tickets sold to this years Holly & Ivy event will receive access to the virtual program AND a one-time admittance to tour the decorated Salisbury House & Gardens during the month of December. Tickets are going fast so purchase yours today! #hollyandivy #salisburyhousedms #holidayevents #desmoines #iowa

https://salisburyhouse.org/event.php?event_id=857_0

This #ThrowbackThursday, we are featuring an article from 1925 showing an aerial view of the in-progress Salisbury House...
11/12/2020

This #ThrowbackThursday, we are featuring an article from 1925 showing an aerial view of the in-progress Salisbury House! This amazing photo was captured by George Yates, the flying photographer of the Tribune News. Though not completed until 1928, we can see that much of Salisbury House's exterior structure is finished by the fall of 1925. #salisburyhousedsm #historichouse #housemuseum #onlyiniowa #dewsmoines #throwbackthursday

During his lifetime, Carl Weeks traveled extensively for both business and pleasure. Today, we feature Carl's 1923 passp...
11/10/2020

During his lifetime, Carl Weeks traveled extensively for both business and pleasure. Today, we feature Carl's 1923 passport, which lists the "place of visit" as ALL COUNTRIES and his "object" as TRAVEL. Passports have existed in the United States as early as 1775 and were commonly valid for only a few months. Between the 18th and 20th centuries, passport standards could vary from country to country, but in 1920, passport standardization was worldwide. #salisburyhousedsm #historichouse #housemuseum #onlyiniowa #historyhighlight

Holly & Ivy Tickets Available Now! #salisburyhousedsm #onlyiniowa #desmoines #historichouse #seasonofjoyandgiving #bestt...
11/07/2020

Holly & Ivy Tickets Available Now! #salisburyhousedsm #onlyiniowa #desmoines #historichouse #seasonofjoyandgiving #besttimeoftheyear

From sweet, intimate moments to joyous champagne pops, each wedding at Salisbury House & Gardens is uniquely individuali...
11/06/2020

From sweet, intimate moments to joyous champagne pops, each wedding at Salisbury House & Gardens is uniquely individualized to best represent the couple on their happiest day. We 💕 love. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #iowa #wedding #love #historichouse #housemuseum

Last week we shared a historic photo of a richly dressed woman in the Salisbury House south garden, her identity was a m...
11/05/2020

Last week we shared a historic photo of a richly dressed woman in the Salisbury House south garden, her identity was a mystery, but the image was so captivating that we had to share it. This week, while doing some file organization, we stumbled on the following photographs, and .... Duh da duh! We believe we have found out who our unidentified lady is! Della Weeks Moore, sister to Carl Weeks. Pictured next to the original image are two confirmed photos of Della. Have a look and let us know what you think. Do we have a match? #salisburyhousedsm #onlyiniowa #desmoines #historichouse #housemuseum #throwbackthursday

Did you know Salisbury House & Gardens has a blog? Our curator and staff collect articles, photos, and information on a ...
11/04/2020
The Traveling Toad of Salisbury House

Did you know Salisbury House & Gardens has a blog? Our curator and staff collect articles, photos, and information on a variety of different Salisbury related topics for you to enjoy each month! #salisburyhousedsm #blog #desmoines #iowa #historichouse #housemuseum

Two of the first things one encounters when entering the Great Hall of Salisbury House is the pair of 18th-century bronze, Japanese toad statues. These oversized garden creatures are guest favorite…

Salisbury House & Gardens director of grounds often gets to see parts of the house not accessible on tours...😉 We think ...
11/04/2020

Salisbury House & Gardens director of grounds often gets to see parts of the house not accessible on tours...😉 We think the house is beautiful from every angle. Thanks for sharing your perspective with us, Rob! #salisburyhousedsm #housemuseum #historicalhome #desmoines #iowa #view

December 12th Tea at the Castle tickets available now through December 7th for purchase. Visit salisburyhouse.org or cal...
11/03/2020

December 12th Tea at the Castle tickets available now through December 7th for purchase. Visit salisburyhouse.org or call 515-274-1777 to get yours today! #salisburyhousedsm #historichouse #housemuseum #desmoinesiowa #teaatthecastle

10/31/2020
The Haunting of Salisbury House

Happy Halloween! In honor of the day, the staff at Salisbury House & Gardens decided to answer a question each of them gets asked often: "Is the house haunted?" Click play to learn the answer! #salisburyhousedsm #halloween #housemuseum #desmoines #iowa #ghosts

Closed for a wedding! #salisburyhousedsm #onlyiniowa #desmoinesiowa #weddingvibes #weddingvenue
10/31/2020

Closed for a wedding! #salisburyhousedsm #onlyiniowa #desmoinesiowa #weddingvibes #weddingvenue

10/30/2020
Upcoming Holiday Events at Salisbury

It may be Halloween but we're already looking forward to the upcoming holidays! Listen to director Keshia Meissner and board member Mollie Smith Cooney as they tell you a little bit about two holiday events at Salisbury House & Gardens!

Holiday Tea at the Castle - December 12
Holly & Ivy - December 4 through 30

Tickets available now at salisburyhouse.org or by calling 515.274.1777. And don't forget to follow us @salisburyhousedsm on Facebook and Instagram for updates! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #iowa #housemuseum #teaatthecastle #hollyandivy

Hello cherished guests, Salisbury House & Gardens will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, October 31st, for a private wedding...
10/30/2020

Hello cherished guests, Salisbury House & Gardens will be closed tomorrow, Saturday, October 31st, for a private wedding. Apologies for the inconvenience, but we hope to see you on Sunday, November 1st, for the noon tour. #salisburyhousedsm #onlyiniowa #desmoines #iowa #historicalhouse #historicmusum #historyinthemaking #weddingvenue #dsmweddings

Happy Friday Salisbury House Friends! On this day in history, William’s oldest son, Christopher, was featured in a Des M...
10/30/2020

Happy Friday Salisbury House Friends! On this day in history, William’s oldest son, Christopher, was featured in a Des Moines Register Halloween article. Dated to October 30th, 1938, the caption on the photo reads: “Halloween is at hand and Christopher Weeks, 6-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William Weeks, 3007 Grand ave., looks Mr. Jack-o’-Lantern over for the first time. Christopher is a little dubious about the grinning faced fellow, but, if no false moves are made, they’ll probably become fast friends. Christopher is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Weeks and Mrs. P. T. Barron, and the great-grandson of Mrs. Gertrude Sullivan, all of Des Moines.” Happy Halloween! #salisburyhousedsm #thisdayinhistory #halloween

Is Salisbury House haunted? No ghosts live here, but this photo from 1967 sure looks like a spirit orb is present... 👻Ha...
10/29/2020

Is Salisbury House haunted? No ghosts live here, but this photo from 1967 sure looks like a spirit orb is present... 👻Happy Halloween Week! #salisburyhousedsm #onlyiniowa #desmoinesiowa #historichouse #halloween #spookyseason

Our staff stumbled across this unique photograph of an unidentified woman, richly adorned, sitting on the south terrace ...
10/28/2020

Our staff stumbled across this unique photograph of an unidentified woman, richly adorned, sitting on the south terrace of the Salisbury House. It quickly became a favorite and we had to share with all of you! #salisbuaryhousedsm #desmoines #iowa #historicalhouse #historicmuseum #historyinthemaking

Here is this week's Salisbury House trivia question:How many owners has Salisbury House had? A. 1B. 4C. 5D. 10Please pos...
10/26/2020

Here is this week's Salisbury House trivia question:
How many owners has Salisbury House had?
A. 1
B. 4
C. 5
D. 10

Please post your answers in the comments below and we will reveal the answer at the end of the week. Have a great week!

The pandemic may have changed the size of events this year, but there’s something so special about small, intimate weddi...
10/25/2020

The pandemic may have changed the size of events this year, but there’s something so special about small, intimate weddings, surrounded by only your closest friends and family.

Kylie and Cole, thank you for choosing Salisbury House & Gardens for your beautiful ceremony this past week! We wish you nothing but happiness in all the years to come.

#salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #iowa #wedding #historicalhouse #housemuseum #vantagenine19

Happy #tbt Throw-Back-Thursday Salisbury House Friends! To celebrate the Halloween season, we have another fun dress-up ...
10/22/2020

Happy #tbt Throw-Back-Thursday Salisbury House Friends! To celebrate the Halloween season, we have another fun dress-up photo of a young Charles and William. Charles is dressed as a Native American, and William is a solider. The photo was most likely taken in 1911 or 1912. Have a Spooktackular Thursday! #salisburyhousedsm #throwbackthursday #halloween #fromthearchives

10/20/2020

Giant snowflakes unexpectedly fell upon Salisbury House today! And although we might not be quite ready for winter - it sure was pretty! #salisburyhousedsm #historicalhouse #housemuseum #desmoines #iowa #snowman

Here's this week's Salisbury House trivia question:When Carl and Edith Weeks gifted Salisbury House to Drake University,...
10/19/2020

Here's this week's Salisbury House trivia question:

When Carl and Edith Weeks gifted Salisbury House to Drake University, they were allowed to stay on and rent Salisbury House. How much was their monthly rent?
A. $50
B. $1,000
C. $100
D. $1

Please post your answers in the comments below and we will reveal the correct answer at the end of the week. Have a great week!

10/17/2020

Fresh off of our Tea at the Castle virtual event, Salisbury House director Keshia Meissner wanted to thank you all for attending! Please join us for our holiday tea on December 12th! Tickets on sale now. salisburyhouse.org

Make sure to plan a visit to the Salisbury House gardens in the spring of 2021 to see the fruit of our labors! (Beautifu...
10/15/2020

Make sure to plan a visit to the Salisbury House gardens in the spring of 2021 to see the fruit of our labors! (Beautiful things are coming!)

We encourage you to support your local non-profits, like the @dmbotanicalgarden, where we bought the bulbs that were planted today!

#salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #iowa #gardens #historicalhouse #housemuseum #desmoinesbotanicalgarden

Happy #tbt Throw-Back-Thursday everyone! In honor of Halloween, the staff here at Salisbury House is excited to share so...
10/15/2020

Happy #tbt Throw-Back-Thursday everyone! In honor of Halloween, the staff here at Salisbury House is excited to share some fun photos of our very own Edith Weeks in costume dress. Pictured are Greek and Dutch costumes that Edith had custom made. Have a spooky Halloween! #throwbackthursday #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #historichousemuseum

Here's this week's Salisbury House trivia question:What national park did Carl Weeks help found? A. Grand Canyon Nationa...
10/12/2020

Here's this week's Salisbury House trivia question:
What national park did Carl Weeks help found?
A. Grand Canyon National Park
B. Zion National Park
C. Rocky Mountain National Park
D. Bryce Canyon National Park

Please post your answers in the comments below and we will reveal the correct answer later this week. Have a great week!

We're looking for volunteers for our fall garden cleanup days on Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th. Joi...
10/11/2020

We're looking for volunteers for our fall garden cleanup days on Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th. Join us for an hour or the whole day from 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers will plant bulbs, clean flower beds, and rake leaves to prepare the garden for the winter season and a beautiful spring. To sign up call 515-274-1777 or email [email protected].

10/11/2020
October 17th Tea at the Castle SNEAK PEAK

Enjoy a sneak peak into this years Tea at the Castle musical entertainment! Listen to the duet of Sophia Ahmad on our beautiful custom Steinway and John Helmich on violin.

And remember, today is the LAST DAY to purchase tickets to the event! Visit salisburyhouse.org or call 515.274.1777.
#salisburyhousedsm #teaatthecastle #housemuseum #desmoines #iowa #tea #music

Only 1 day left to purchase your tickets for this years Tea at the Castle goes virtual event! Ticket sales close October 11th. Visit salisburyhouse.org or ca...

Due to COVID-19, many families have made the decision to homeschool their students during the 2020 school year.  If you ...
10/09/2020

Due to COVID-19, many families have made the decision to homeschool their students during the 2020 school year. If you are looking for a fun, educational, and safe field trip idea, don’t forget about Salisbury House. This fall into winter, self-guided tours are made free for homeschool families thanks to generous support from Prairie Meadows. To make your reservation for a homeschool tour, please call 515-274-1777 or email [email protected].

10/08/2020
October 17th Tea at the Castle

Click the video below to hear our curator Jaime and guest experience associate Taylor talk details about this years Tea at the Castle virtual event! Ticket sales end October 11th. Visit salisburyhouse.org or call 515.274.1777 to purchase yours today! #salisburyhousedsm #teaatthecastle #desmoines #iowa #housemuseum #tea

Tea at the Castle goes virtual! Purchase tickets by October 11th at salisburyhouse.org or by calling 515.274.1777 Tea kit pick up: 10am to 12pm Virtual progr...

10/07/2020
October 17th Tea at the Castle

Click the video to see to our hosts Mollie Cooney and Keshia Meissner give a sneak peak into our upcoming Tea at the Castle event!

Remember to purchase tickets before October 11th by visiting salisburyhouse.org or calling 515.274.1777. Then join us Saturday, October 17th for this fun and delicious virtual event!
#salisburyhousedsm #teaatthecastle #housemuseum #historichouse #desmoines #iowa #tea

Join us for the Salisbury House's Tea at the Castle Goes Virtual event! Saturday, October 17th 10am to 12pm kit pick up 1pm to 3pm virtual event Purchase tic...

We're looking for volunteers for our fall garden cleanup days on Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th. Joi...
10/07/2020

We're looking for volunteers for our fall garden cleanup days on Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th. Join us for an hour or the whole day from 9 am to 4 pm. Volunteers will plant bulbs, clean flower beds, and rake leaves to prepare the garden for the winter season and a beautiful spring. To sign up call 515-274-1777 or email [email protected].

Salisbury House would like to thank our amazing volunteers for their service on Monday, October 5th! Five volunteers spe...
10/06/2020

Salisbury House would like to thank our amazing volunteers for their service on Monday, October 5th! Five volunteers spent the morning cleaning up and winterizing the Salisbury House south garden. Thanks to Hilary, Katie, Jenny, Jeremy, Jim, and Sharon, Salisbury House is ready for the spring bulb planting days on Wednesday, October 14th and Thursday, October 15th. Thank you, volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteer opportunities at Salisbury House, please reach out to Jaime Nicolet at [email protected] or 515-274-1777.

#salisburyhousedsm #museum #garden #history #culture #iowahistory #des Moines #iowa #onlyiniowa #historichouse #volunteers

Announcing the new Salisbury House featured book!– Den Geheelen Bibel (a Holy Bible in Dutch)Salisbury House is excited ...
10/06/2020

Announcing the new Salisbury House featured book!– Den Geheelen Bibel (a Holy Bible in Dutch)

Salisbury House is excited to announce the newest library feature book – available through the end of December. On loan from Grinnell College, Den Geheelen Bibel was published in the Netherlands in 1553 and was one of the oldest religious texts in the Weeks library. Bound in vellum, this Bible has decorative red stamping around the cover's edge and wood-cut pictures throughout the book. Make sure to visit before it is gone!

Less than one week left to purchase your tickets to our Virtual Tea at the Castle event! Guests are provided with beauti...
10/05/2020

Less than one week left to purchase your tickets to our Virtual Tea at the Castle event! Guests are provided with beautiful tea kits to safely enjoy at home, along with a private link to enjoy our virtual program from 1-3 pm on October 17th. Tickets must be purchased by October 11th. To purchase tickets visit www.salisburyhouse.org or call 515-274-1777.

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4025 Tonawanda Dr
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

Telephone

+5152741777

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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