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, literature and worldly treasures.
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Valentine's Day has us thinking about all the amazing love stories that have been shared with us at Salisbury House. We ...
02/14/2020

Valentine's Day has us thinking about all the amazing love stories that have been shared with us at Salisbury House.
We offer an array of options for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and bridal showers.
To make the beginning of your forever unforgettable, contact Rachel Vaughan at [email protected] or call 515-274-1777.

02/13/2020

Due to extremely cold temperatures today, Salisbury House will be closed. We will be open tomorrow at 12pm with guided tours at 1:30pm.

🌸 Calling all couples! 🌸 Were you displaced with the sudden closure of Noah’s Event Venue? Salisbury House has a few cov...
02/10/2020

🌸 Calling all couples! 🌸 Were you displaced with the sudden closure of Noah’s Event Venue? Salisbury House has a few coveted dates remaining for 2020 and we want to help. For a limited time we are offering 10% off our base rental rate to anyone affected by the Noah’s closure. To take advantage of this offer, contact Rachel Vaughan at [email protected] or call 515-274-1777 💍

Offer valid for any wedding/event rebooked from Noah’s for a contracted 2020 date. Must provide proof of voided agreement. 10% discount offer ends February 29, 2020.

We often talk about the history of the collection and the house, but did you know how the Weeks built their fortune to b...
02/04/2020

We often talk about the history of the collection and the house, but did you know how the Weeks built their fortune to build such a beautiful home? Carl Weeks started a company, Armand Cosmetics, that developed foundation makeup by combining cold cream and face powder. During the 1920s, Armand Cosmetics was a larger cosmetics manufacturer than Revlon.

To learn more about the Weeks family, visit us for a guided tour Thursday through Sunday at 1:30pm.

Do you love history? Do you appreciate art? Are you interested in unique architecture? Visit us today for a guided tour ...
01/30/2020

Do you love history? Do you appreciate art? Are you interested in unique architecture? Visit us today for a guided tour at 1:30pm with David or Cory and learn about the collection and the history of each item. For more information visit www.salisburyhouse.org.

Children love to visit a castle and learn about its history, art and unique details. Salisbury House is one of the only ...
01/27/2020

Children love to visit a castle and learn about its history, art and unique details. Salisbury House is one of the only places in the state that can provide this learning experience. If you’re part of a homeschool program and are looking for educational field trips or tours, thanks to Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel we offer free homeschool student admission and discounted parent admission through the 2020 school year. For more information or to schedule a tour contact [email protected] or call 515-274-1777.

01/19/2020

Salisbury House will he closed today due to low temperatures. We will resume our normal museum hours and guided tours on Thursday.

Salisbury House will be closed today, the 17th and tomorrow, the 18th with hours pending for Sunday.
01/17/2020

Salisbury House will be closed today, the 17th and tomorrow, the 18th with hours pending for Sunday.

We have our new climate-controlled, secure display case from Grinnell College in the library with our first book on disp...
01/17/2020

We have our new climate-controlled, secure display case from Grinnell College in the library with our first book on display through the lending program between Grinnell College and Salisbury House. Each quarter, Grinnell College will loan Salisbury House a new book or document to display in the library and, as they continue their preservation and research, share with us information regarding the loaned book and rest of the collection.

This quarter we have on display the Book of Mormon, 1st Edition that is signed by Reuben Brownell. The Book of Mormon is the religious text for the Latter Day Saints. First published by Joseph Smith, the religion is based on the belief of ancient prophets who lived in America from 2200 BC to 421 AD. Mormons believe that the Book of Mormon was originally engraved on golden plates that the last prophet, Moroni, entrusted to Smith.

Fun facts:
-As of 2011, more than 150 million copies of the Book of Mormon have been printed
-The Book of Mormon has been translated into at least 111 languages
-The first completed manuscript was placed into the cornerstone of the Nauvoo House (a boarding house Joseph Smith began constructing in 1840) and sealed up for nearly forty years – when the cornerstone was reopened it was discovered that much of the original manuscript had been destroyed by water and mold.

Make sure to join the Salisbury House email list and connect via social media for updates on when new books will arrive.

David and Jacquie will lead our guided tours at 1:30pm today. Join them to learn about the history and unique architectu...
01/16/2020

David and Jacquie will lead our guided tours at 1:30pm today. Join them to learn about the history and unique architecture of the Salisbury House.
Check our website for more information on our guided tours.
www.salisburyhouse.org

Did you know that Carl Weeks made his fortune with the invention of women’s foundation makeup (i.e. cold cream powder)? ...
01/10/2020

Did you know that Carl Weeks made his fortune with the invention of women’s foundation makeup (i.e. cold cream powder)? By the 1930’s, his company, Armand, was the leading seller of women’s cosmetics in the United States. These pink, blue, and white checked packages with a silhouette of a woman became the Armand trademark and were on the shelves of nearly every pharmacy.

Learn more about the history of Carl and Edith Weeks and the dream home they built together by joining one of our guided tours. Guided tours run at 1:30pm Thursday through Sunday. Today's tour will be led by Mariella and Jill, tomorrow will be Cathy and Dick, and Sunday will be led by Dallas.

For more information on tours and museum hours visit www.salisburyhouse.org.

If you’re part of a homeschool program and are looking for educational field trips or tours, don't forget about our home...
01/08/2020

If you’re part of a homeschool program and are looking for educational field trips or tours, don't forget about our homeschool program here at Salisbury House. Thanks to @prairie_meadows free homeschool student admission and discounted parent admission are available through the school year by contacting [email protected] or call 515-274-1777.
#salisburyhousedsm #education #artsandculture

We had a great time at the Des Moines Wedding Show yesterday! If you were unable to attend and would like more informati...
01/06/2020

We had a great time at the Des Moines Wedding Show yesterday! If you were unable to attend and would like more information on how Salisbury House can be the perfect venue for your wedding, shower or rehearsal dinner, contact [email protected].

Salisbury House and Gardens's cover photo
01/06/2020

Salisbury House and Gardens's cover photo

01/03/2020

Visit us this weekend during our new winter hours. Winter hours are 12pm to 4pm, Thursday through Sunday, with guided tours at 1:30pm running until March 1st. For more information on museum hours, events and guided tours visit our website at www.salisburyhouse.org.
#salisburyhousedsm

01/01/2020

Happy New Year!!! ~ From all of us at Salisbury House 🎉

12/31/2019
Salisbury House 2019 Moments

Looking back on all the 2019 memories we are so thankful for the support we received through donations, ticket sales, tours, private events or donations of time and talent. We could not exist without the support of our community, visitors and volunteers. Many great moments were had in 2019. Cheers to 2020!

The Salisbury House will be closed tomorrow, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st to celebrate the New Year. Have a ...
12/30/2019

The Salisbury House will be closed tomorrow, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st to celebrate the New Year. Have a safe and happy New Year!

Tomorrow we will have Cathy and Erin leading our guided tours at Salisbury House. Tours run at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15p...
12/27/2019

Tomorrow we will have Cathy and Erin leading our guided tours at Salisbury House. Tours run at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm. For more information on museum hours visit www.salisburyhouse.org.

From all of us at Salisbury House, have a Merry Christmas!
12/25/2019

From all of us at Salisbury House, have a Merry Christmas!

Salisbury House and Gardens will be closed December 24th and December 25th to allow our staff and volunteers to celebrat...
12/23/2019

Salisbury House and Gardens will be closed December 24th and December 25th to allow our staff and volunteers to celebrate the holiday. Have a safe and happy holiday!

Do you have family and friends in town this weekend for the holidays? Bring them to the Salisbury House for a guided tou...
12/21/2019

Do you have family and friends in town this weekend for the holidays? Bring them to the Salisbury House for a guided tour! Our history and elegant estate provides a unique experience in the heart of Des Moines. For information on guided tours and museum hours visit www.salisburyhouse.org.

Our guided tours will run today through Saturday at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm and on Sunday at 1:30pm and 3:15pm. Today...
12/17/2019
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Our guided tours will run today through Saturday at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm and on Sunday at 1:30pm and 3:15pm. Today tours will be led by Cory at 10:30am, Dick at 1:30pm and Bob at 3:15pm. Tomorrow we will have Jill leading the 10:30am tour and Paula leading the afternoon tours. For more information on museum hours and tours visit www.salisburyhouse.org.

Did you know we also rent our gorgeous venue for rehearsal dinners? As engagement season is upon us, don’t forget about ...
12/15/2019

Did you know we also rent our gorgeous venue for rehearsal dinners? As engagement season is upon us, don’t forget about this special part of your wedding week...contact [email protected] to book a unique and memorable space for the day before “I do!”

We will be closed today, December 14th, for an event. Normal hours will resume tomorrow at 12pm with guided tours at 1:3...
12/14/2019

We will be closed today, December 14th, for an event. Normal hours will resume tomorrow at 12pm with guided tours at 1:30pm and 3:15pm.

12/13/2019

We will close at 4pm today for a private event. There will not be a guided tour available at 3:15pm today. We will still run guided tours at 10:30am and 1:30pm today.

Get out of the cold and visit us for a guided tour today at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm.
12/12/2019

Get out of the cold and visit us for a guided tour today at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm.

12/11/2019

The holiday celebrations continued at Salisbury House this evening with a beautiful performance by the @dmgaymenschorus. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our annual holiday concert. #salisburyhousedsm #holidayseason

12/10/2019

The perfect setting for tonight’s holiday concert with the @dmgaymenschorus performing. #salisburyhousedsm #holidayseason

Salisbury House and Gardens's cover photo
12/09/2019

Salisbury House and Gardens's cover photo

Today is the day! Our annual Holly & Ivy home tour kicks off at 11am.
12/06/2019

Today is the day! Our annual Holly & Ivy home tour kicks off at 11am.

We are only days away from our annual Holly & Ivy home tour this weekend, Friday and Saturday! It's the perfect way to g...
12/04/2019

We are only days away from our annual Holly & Ivy home tour this weekend, Friday and Saturday! It's the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit by touring the beautifully decorated rooms and private homes. Purchase tickets advance at www.salisburyhouse.org or at the door.

Salisbury House and Gardens's cover photo
12/03/2019

Salisbury House and Gardens's cover photo

Today, on #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting Salisbury House and Gardens by visiting our website and donating. A...
12/03/2019

Today, on #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting Salisbury House and Gardens by visiting our website and donating. As a historic home and cultural resource in Des Moines we rely on the support of our community to preserve, restore and operate all that the house offers. Please visit www.salisburyhouse.org and donate to show your support.

Texturious Designs
12/03/2019

Texturious Designs

🎄Love touring historic homes?
🎄Need some holiday inspiration?
🎄Looking for something festive to do this weekend?

Join us for this year’s Holly & Ivy home tour Dec. 6&7. Tour the historic Salisbury House and Gardens plus two other private estates.

Purchase your tickets here: https://salisburyhouse.org/event.php?event_id=785_0

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Salisbury House! We will be closed today to celebrate the holiday, but will resume ...
11/28/2019

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Salisbury House! We will be closed today to celebrate the holiday, but will resume our normal hours from 10am to 5pm tomorrow, November 29th. Our guided tours tomorrow will run at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm.

11/27/2019

We will close at 4 pm today for a private event. All guided tours will run today, with the last tour beginning at 3:15pm.

This week we are featuring the "Flowers in Glass Vase" painting by Eugene Speicher. This painting was created in 1915. S...
11/25/2019

This week we are featuring the "Flowers in Glass Vase" painting by Eugene Speicher. This painting was created in 1915. Speicher was an American artist who was born in Buffalo, New York. He attended the Art Students League and New York School of Art. This painting is on view in the Salisbury House Dining Room and can be seen on both the self-guided and guided tours. Visit our website for more information on guided tours and museum hours.
www.salisburyhouse.org

This holiday season, please consider supporting the Salisbury House. As a historical treasure in Des Moines we rely on y...
11/22/2019

This holiday season, please consider supporting the Salisbury House. As a historical treasure in Des Moines we rely on your support to continue providing cultural resources and events to the community. Contributions of any size are appreciated. To donate, visit www.salisburyhouse.org.

We will be closed today at 4pm for a private event. All guided tours will still be available at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15...
11/22/2019

We will be closed today at 4pm for a private event. All guided tours will still be available at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm.

Salisbury House will closed this afternoon for a private event. We will open for normal hours tomorrow, November 17th wi...
11/16/2019

Salisbury House will closed this afternoon for a private event. We will open for normal hours tomorrow, November 17th with guided tours at 1:30pm and 3:15pm.

We have recently had a lot of new guests visit us and admire the amazing artwork throughout the house. We would like to ...
11/15/2019

We have recently had a lot of new guests visit us and admire the amazing artwork throughout the house. We would like to begin featuring different pieces each week with a little background information for anyone interested in learning more. This week we are featuring Orlando Greenwood’s Portrait of a Girl. This piece was painted in 1925 by Orlando Greenwood (1892-1989). Greenwood was born in Lancashire and studied art at Goldsmiths’ College of Art in London. His first exhibition was held at Spinks, London in 1925 and was where Carl and Edith purchased this piece for £30. This painting can be viewed on both the guided and self-guided tour at Salisbury House.

Guided tours run at 10:30am, 1:30pm and 3:15pm Tuesday through Saturday and at 1:30pm and 3:15pm on Sundays.

We do not have a morning tour today, but our afternoon tours will be led by David Ross. Tours are at 1:30pm and 3:15pm. ...
11/14/2019

We do not have a morning tour today, but our afternoon tours will be led by David Ross. Tours are at 1:30pm and 3:15pm. David shares many unique stories and great detail on the history of the Salisbury House.

11/13/2019
HomeDitty

A fantastic HomeDitty show last night with Moors & McCumber performing. Thank you HomeDitty for bringing another great concert to Salisbury House!

James Moors & Kort McCumber playing #HomeDitty show at Salisbury House and Gardens. Sold out! #castleconcert #houseconcert #houseconcerts #homedittynation Moors & McCumber

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We still need volunteers for our annual Holly & Ivy home tour on December 6th and 7th. To sign up ema...
11/11/2019

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! We still need volunteers for our annual Holly & Ivy home tour on December 6th and 7th. To sign up email [email protected] or call 515-274-1777.

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4025 Tonawanda Dr
Des Moines, IA
50312

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
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

(515) 274-1777

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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
A group of us attended your Christmas Tea today, and it was just wonderful! The food was delicious, the music was so nice and the reading was so emotional! Tears! Thank you for such a nice event!
I took my mother and mother-in-law to Holly and Ivy today. We had a fabulous time. Thanks for putting on such a great event!
Some great ghoulie girls