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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On this day in history, youngest Weeks son, Lafayette, won an award for his air force service during World War II. The a...
06/16/2021

On this day in history, youngest Weeks son, Lafayette, won an award for his air force service during World War II. The article in question dates to June 16th, 1945, and lists the award winners as the 21st Bomber Command Unit who completed successful aerial flights over Japan. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #worldwar2 #pacifictheater #WorldWarII

Our wonderful curator, Jaime, was recently married here at Salisbury! If you know Jaime, you know she pours her heart in...
06/10/2021

Our wonderful curator, Jaime, was recently married here at Salisbury! If you know Jaime, you know she pours her heart into preserving the vast collection and stories of Salisbury. Celebrating her and Kevin's wedding day here at the house was pure magic.
Jaime and Kevin, we wish you all the happiness in the world!

Jenny Marie Photography Jaime Nicolet Rutan

Our wonderful curator, Jaime, was recently married here at Salisbury! If you know Jaime, you know she pours her heart into preserving the vast collection and stories of Salisbury. Celebrating her and Kevin's wedding day here at the house was pure magic.
Jaime and Kevin, we wish you all the happiness in the world!

Jenny Marie Photography Jaime Nicolet Rutan

06/08/2021

Join Salisbury House staff on Monday, June 14th, to plant, prune, and maintain our garden beds! Staff will be outside from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm working. To sign up, please call 515-274-1777 or email [email protected]! Thanks! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #volunteerlife #volunteerism

Happy Iowa Museum Week! Did you know Iowa museums attract approximately 5 million visitors each year, support over 6,000...
06/08/2021

Happy Iowa Museum Week! Did you know Iowa museums attract approximately 5 million visitors each year, support over 6,000 jobs within the state, and preserve more than 600,000 artifacts throughout the various locations?! Make sure to visit us at Salisbury House this museum week, running through Sunday, June 13th! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #IowaMuseumWeek #historymatters

06/08/2021

Salisbury’s Instagram account focuses on the breathtaking weddings, events, and everyday moments taking place on our beautiful property! If you love scrolling through fun pictures, make sure to follow @salisburyhousedsm!

Join Winefest at Salisbury House & Gardens this Sunday, June 6! Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a personal picnic c...
06/03/2021

Join Winefest at Salisbury House & Gardens this Sunday, June 6! Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a personal picnic curated with delicious Iowa staples. Enjoy live music from the NOLA jazz band while sampling from the wineries and breweries set up throughout the garden, each showcasing the amazing local beverages Iowa has to offer. Purchase your tickets today by visiting winefestdesmoines.com!

Join Winefest at Salisbury House & Gardens this Sunday, June 6! Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a personal picnic curated with delicious Iowa staples. Enjoy live music from the NOLA jazz band while sampling from the wineries and breweries set up throughout the garden, each showcasing the amazing local beverages Iowa has to offer. Purchase your tickets today by visiting winefestdesmoines.com!

Happy Memorial Day from the staff of Salisbury House & Gardens! Salisbury House will be closed to the public Monday, May...
05/31/2021

Happy Memorial Day from the staff of Salisbury House & Gardens! Salisbury House will be closed to the public Monday, May 31. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, June 1, and museum tours will resume on Wednesday, June 2. Have a wonderful holiday, remembering and honoring all those who have served! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #MemorialDay2021

Happy Memorial Day from the staff of Salisbury House & Gardens! Salisbury House will be closed to the public Monday, May 31. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, June 1, and museum tours will resume on Wednesday, June 2. Have a wonderful holiday, remembering and honoring all those who have served! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #MemorialDay2021

As we look back on Salisbury's first annual Garden Party, we want to thank all those who made this extraordinary event p...
05/25/2021

As we look back on Salisbury's first annual Garden Party, we want to thank all those who made this extraordinary event possible!

Thank you to our sponsors Farm Bureau Financial Services, Baker Group and Bankers Trust Company and to our in-kind sponsors White Willow Events & Design and Creme Cupcake + Dessert. Thank you for helping make this dream of ours a reality.

And to all those who dawned their hats, fascinators and best spring attire, attended the party and supported Salisbury House, thank you! We hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we enjoyed hosting you.

Check out Facebook's The Garden Party 2021 album. Tag yourself and your friends!

As we look back on Salisbury's first annual Garden Party, we want to thank all those who made this extraordinary event possible!

Thank you to our sponsors Farm Bureau Financial Services, Baker Group and Bankers Trust Company and to our in-kind sponsors White Willow Events & Design and Creme Cupcake + Dessert. Thank you for helping make this dream of ours a reality.

And to all those who dawned their hats, fascinators and best spring attire, attended the party and supported Salisbury House, thank you! We hope you enjoyed yourself as much as we enjoyed hosting you.

Check out Facebook's The Garden Party 2021 album. Tag yourself and your friends!

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05/25/2021

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Today is National Buy a Musical Instrument Day!  Here at Salisbury House, we have two beautiful, custom instruments - a ...
05/22/2021

Today is National Buy a Musical Instrument Day! Here at Salisbury House, we have two beautiful, custom instruments - a 1930 Steinway Piano (purchased for the price of $5,927.28) and a 1926 Welte-Mignon Organ (purchased for $25,000). The Weeks family loved music and would often host parties that featured musical guests. What beautiful instruments! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoies #music

Here at Salisbury House, staff are passionate about Tudor history, and with so much Tudor symbolism throughout the house...
05/19/2021

Here at Salisbury House, staff are passionate about Tudor history, and with so much Tudor symbolism throughout the house, it isn't hard to see why. From Tudor roses on the balcony and Great Hall fireplace, Elizabethan figures in the Common Room petit-point, and 16th-century construction materials, Salisbury House is a living embodiment of the Tudor reign (1485-1603).

On this day in history, Anne Boleyn, second wife of the Tudor king, Henry VIII, was executed. Anne had been charged with the crimes of treason, in**st, and adultery. Most scholars believe that Anne was innocent of the charges laid against her, but Henry VIII grew tired of her inability to produce a male heir and set his sights on another.

Pictured below are two historic pictures of Salisbury house features - wood paneling, fireplace, and flooring - in place at Audley House, 91 Crane Street in Salisbury, England. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #thisdayinhistory

Due to the weather, the Civic Music Association has canceled today's in-person Belin Quartet concert at Salisbury House....
05/19/2021
Belin Quartet Summer Concert Series

Due to the weather, the Civic Music Association has canceled today's in-person Belin Quartet concert at Salisbury House. However, they will be posting a recording of the performance on their page at 1:00pm Thursday! Be sure to check back next week as this summer series continues each Wednesday evening with free community concerts.

Join us on the lawn at Salisbury House and Gardens on Wednesday evenings at 5:30 PM for free performances by the Belin Quartet. Chairs and bottled water will be provided. You are welcome to bring your own lawn chairs, beverages, and snacks.

There are mere hours left to purchase tickets to Salisbury's first annual Garden Party taking place this Sunday, May 23....
05/18/2021

There are mere hours left to purchase tickets to Salisbury's first annual Garden Party taking place this Sunday, May 23. If you've been thinking about attending this elegant and relaxing afternoon in the garden, now is the time! Tickets will be available until midnight tonight (or until sold out).

https://salisburyhouse.z2systems.com/np/clients/salisburyhouse/event.jsp?event=308&

There are mere hours left to purchase tickets to Salisbury's first annual Garden Party taking place this Sunday, May 23. If you've been thinking about attending this elegant and relaxing afternoon in the garden, now is the time! Tickets will be available until midnight tonight (or until sold out).

https://salisburyhouse.z2systems.com/np/clients/salisburyhouse/event.jsp?event=308&

Happy International Museum Day! The first International Museum day took place in 1977 and was established to inform the ...
05/18/2021

Happy International Museum Day! The first International Museum day took place in 1977 and was established to inform the public on museums' role in their communities. Salisbury House & Garden's mission is to preserve, interpret, and share the international significance of Salisbury House and its collections as a historic museum for educational and cultural benefit while serving as a unique community gathering place. Thank you for supporting Salisbury House and allowing us to be a part of your community! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #InternationalMuseumDay

Join Salisbury this Sunday, May 23 at our first annual Garden Party! But don't wait - ticket sales close Tuesday. To pur...
05/17/2021

Join Salisbury this Sunday, May 23 at our first annual Garden Party! But don't wait - ticket sales close Tuesday. To purchase your tickets or to learn more about the event, click: https://salisburyhouse.z2systems.com/np/clients/salisburyhouse/event.jsp?event=308&

Due to a technical error, those who attempted to purchase tickets this past Saturday were unable to do so. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to try again. Thank you!

Join Salisbury this Sunday, May 23 at our first annual Garden Party! But don't wait - ticket sales close Tuesday. To purchase your tickets or to learn more about the event, click: https://salisburyhouse.z2systems.com/np/clients/salisburyhouse/event.jsp?event=308&

Due to a technical error, those who attempted to purchase tickets this past Saturday were unable to do so. We apologize for the inconvenience and invite you to try again. Thank you!

Salisbury House & Gardens will be closed to the public Saturday, May 15 for a private wedding ceremony and reception. Th...
05/14/2021

Salisbury House & Gardens will be closed to the public Saturday, May 15 for a private wedding ceremony and reception. Thank you for your understanding!

Museum hours will resume Sunday, with self-guided tours from 12 to 5pm and a guided tour at 2pm.
#salisburyhousedsm #desmoinesiowa #weddingvenue #historichouse #housemuseum #wedding

Cherry Chiles Photography

Salisbury House & Gardens will be closed to the public Saturday, May 15 for a private wedding ceremony and reception. Thank you for your understanding!

Museum hours will resume Sunday, with self-guided tours from 12 to 5pm and a guided tour at 2pm.
#salisburyhousedsm #desmoinesiowa #weddingvenue #historichouse #housemuseum #wedding

Cherry Chiles Photography

Salisbury House & Gardens would like to thank our friends at Village Travel for coming to visit last week! It was wonder...
05/11/2021

Salisbury House & Gardens would like to thank our friends at Village Travel for coming to visit last week! It was wonderful to have so many excited guests back to Salisbury!

Guided tours are once again available to guests. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 515-274-1777 or emailing [email protected]. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #tourism #housemuseum

Salisbury House & Gardens would like to thank our friends at Village Travel for coming to visit last week! It was wonderful to have so many excited guests back to Salisbury!

Guided tours are once again available to guests. Advanced reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 515-274-1777 or emailing [email protected]. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #tourism #housemuseum

Entertainment at Salisbury's first annual Garden Party will be provided by the talented Dueling Fiddles! Comprised of vi...
05/10/2021

Entertainment at Salisbury's first annual Garden Party will be provided by the talented Dueling Fiddles! Comprised of violinists Hanna Wolle and Genevieve Salamone, the Dueling Fiddles are an entertainment duo that mix the rich sounds of the violin with layered accompaniment for energetic and engaging performances. Their beautifully rich music will be the perfect accompaniment for an elegant and relaxing afternoon in the garden!

Visit https://salisburyhouse.z2systems.com/np/clients/salisburyhouse/event.jsp?event=308& to purchase your tickets today! Dueling Fiddles

Entertainment at Salisbury's first annual Garden Party will be provided by the talented Dueling Fiddles! Comprised of violinists Hanna Wolle and Genevieve Salamone, the Dueling Fiddles are an entertainment duo that mix the rich sounds of the violin with layered accompaniment for energetic and engaging performances. Their beautifully rich music will be the perfect accompaniment for an elegant and relaxing afternoon in the garden!

Visit https://salisburyhouse.z2systems.com/np/clients/salisburyhouse/event.jsp?event=308& to purchase your tickets today! Dueling Fiddles

Happy Mother's Day from Salisbury House & Gardens! To celebrate this day dedicated to moms and mom-figures we would like...
05/09/2021

Happy Mother's Day from Salisbury House & Gardens! To celebrate this day dedicated to moms and mom-figures we would like to share a poem written by Evert (Hud) Weeks to his Grandma Van Slyke, whom he called Muddy.

A Poem To Muddy Van Slyke

Everyone loved you Muddy
It was always said to me
That Grandmother of yours
Is all anyone can be.

Everyone knew you Muddy
And often I overheard
People talking about you
With a pleasant good word.

Everyone misses you Muddy
And though years took your strength and mate
You were always young to us
You were my best date.

Everyone says to me now
You are the envied one
You have the right to shout
I'm her loved Grandson!!

Happy Mother's Day! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #happymothersday #momday

Guided tours are back at Salisbury House & Gardens! Tours are available Wednesday - Saturday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and...
05/07/2021

Guided tours are back at Salisbury House & Gardens!

Tours are available Wednesday - Saturday at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. Self-guided tours are available from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. The last ticket of the day is sold at 4:00 pm each day.

Call 515-274-1777 to make your reservation today!
#salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #tourism #historichouse

You are invited to Salisbury House & Gardens newest fundraising event: The Garden Party! Experience an elegant and relax...
05/06/2021
The Garden Party

You are invited to Salisbury House & Gardens newest fundraising event: The Garden Party!

Experience an elegant and relaxing afternoon in Salisbury’s beautiful and spacious gardens on Sunday, May 23. Dress in your favorite spring ensemble (big hats and fascinators welcome!), enjoy local music by the Dueling Fiddles, croquet and other entertainment on the lawn, a delicious alfresco brunch, visits to the mimosa bar, tours of the mansion, and more!

Tickets are limited and must be purchased by May 18. Visit salisburyhouse.org to purchase yours today!

The Salisbury House Garden Party, our new springtime event benefiting the Salisbury House Foundation, is making its smaller-scale debut on Sunday, May 23 from 11am to 3pm!

LAST CHANCE! Prairie Meadows has provided grant funding for homeschool families to visit Salisbury House for free! This ...
05/04/2021

LAST CHANCE! Prairie Meadows has provided grant funding for homeschool families to visit Salisbury House for free! This funding runs out May 30th. Salisbury House is a COVID safe place and tours are available Wednesday through Sunday. Call to book yours today - 515-274-1777. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #homeschoollife #homeschoolfamily #Covidsafe

LAST CHANCE! Prairie Meadows has provided grant funding for homeschool families to visit Salisbury House for free! This funding runs out May 30th. Salisbury House is a COVID safe place and tours are available Wednesday through Sunday. Call to book yours today - 515-274-1777. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #homeschoollife #homeschoolfamily #Covidsafe

Happy May Day from Salisbury House & Gardens! To celebrate, here are a few photos of the new flowers popping up at Salis...
05/01/2021

Happy May Day from Salisbury House & Gardens! To celebrate, here are a few photos of the new flowers popping up at Salisbury. Enjoy! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #MayDay2021 #aprilshowersbringmayflowers

This throw-back-Thursday, Salisbury House celebrates wedding season with a 1935 article announcing the engagement of Mis...
04/29/2021

This throw-back-Thursday, Salisbury House celebrates wedding season with a 1935 article announcing the engagement of Miss Margaret Barron and Mr. William Weeks! They wed on June 1st, 1935 at Central Presbyterian Church in Des Moines, Iowa. Charles Weeks was his brother's best man and Dorothy Weeks, wife of Charles, was matron-of-honor for Margaret. Happy Wedding Season! #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #weddingseason

Salisbury House & Gardens is excited to host Wagner Summer Theater as they invite kids grades third through sixth to exp...
04/28/2021

Salisbury House & Gardens is excited to host Wagner Summer Theater as they invite kids grades third through sixth to experience the magic of Wizardry Camp! Due to popular demand, a second week of immersive wizardry has been added: July 12 through the 16. Visit wagnersummertheater.com for details!
#salisburyhousedsm #desmoinesiowa #wagersummertheater #harrypotter #kidscamp #summercamp #housemuseum

Salisbury House & Gardens is excited to host Wagner Summer Theater as they invite kids grades third through sixth to experience the magic of Wizardry Camp! Due to popular demand, a second week of immersive wizardry has been added: July 12 through the 16. Visit wagnersummertheater.com for details!
#salisburyhousedsm #desmoinesiowa #wagersummertheater #harrypotter #kidscamp #summercamp #housemuseum

As the census for 2020 was just released, it seems only fitting to share a 1940 throwback from when the family was in re...
04/27/2021

As the census for 2020 was just released, it seems only fitting to share a 1940 throwback from when the family was in residence!

In April of 1940, the Polk County census shows the following people residing at Salisbury House: Carl Weeks - 63, Edith Weeks - 56, Lafayette Weeks - 21, Evert Weeks - 26, and Evert's wife, Ellen Weeks - 22. Additionally, three housekeepers called Salisbury their home - Jennie Pouikward - 19, Amy Medd - 54, and Walbunga Gappiugh - 50. The housekeepers would likely have lived on the 3rd floor where staff quarters use to be. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #history

As the census for 2020 was just released, it seems only fitting to share a 1940 throwback from when the family was in residence!

In April of 1940, the Polk County census shows the following people residing at Salisbury House: Carl Weeks - 63, Edith Weeks - 56, Lafayette Weeks - 21, Evert Weeks - 26, and Evert's wife, Ellen Weeks - 22. Additionally, three housekeepers called Salisbury their home - Jennie Pouikward - 19, Amy Medd - 54, and Walbunga Gappiugh - 50. The housekeepers would likely have lived on the 3rd floor where staff quarters use to be. #salisburyhousedsm #desmoines #history

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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

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+15152741777

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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