Best Landmarks in Des Moines, IA

Handpicked Top 3 Landmarks in Des Moines, IA. How do we actually find the most highly rated landmark? Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, nearness, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. That's not all... businesses do not pay us to list them. You deserve only the best!


2300 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312

Since 1869

Architectural Buildings, House, Landmarks, Historical Buildings, Attractions, Interactive Timeline, Buildings, House, Preservation and Restoration, Education Programs, Group Tour, Events, Community Outreach, Cultural Activities, Event Rentals, Library, Speaker Presentations & Summer Camp

Free for students with a school and 1 free chaperone per 10 students - The home measures 18,000 square feet (1,600 m²) - Area: 8 acres (3.2 ha)

Price: $5 Adults, $2 Children (6-12)

Tue - Sat : 10:30 am - 1:30 pm Sun & Mon : Closed

Great way to pick up some governor historical knowledge quickly with great views of the mansion, hill, and garden. I was part of a group tour, so I'm not sure if the $5 price was typical or group-related. Anyway, the full tour was around 20 minutes, starting with a 5-minute video. The intro video looked like it was created in the early 90s with actors portraying the earliest owners of the property (anyone see Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman?).
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1007 East Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50319

Since 1871

Historical Place, Government Buildings, Landmark, Historic Preservation, Historical Timeline, Architecture Buildings, Court, Historical Building, Observation Deck, Monuments, Exhibitions, Events, Historical Places, Guided Tours, Programs, Weddings, Private Occasions, Gift Shop, Field Trips, Holiday Historic House Tour & Collections

The architectural design of the Capitol rectangular in form with great windows and high ceilings follows the traditional pattern of 19th-century planning for public buildings

Mon - Wed & Fri : 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Thu : 8:00 am - 2:00 am Sat : 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Sun : Closed

It's worth to spend one hour to join the tour. I joined the tour with high school students. The building is so gorgeous , especially the law library. I love the library a lot. It opens for public. After the tour, I spent some time in the library. The tour guide lead us to climb to the top of the dome to see the roof very closely. There's a cafeteria on first floor you can walk in and buy some food. Don't forget to give a call before deciding to visit. Reservation is available.
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4025 Tonawanda Drive, Des Moines, IA 50312

Since 1923

Architectural Buildings, Landmarks, Historical Places, Attractions, Interactive Timeline, Preservation and Restoration, Education Programs, Adult Programs, Group Tour, Events, Cultural Activities, Event Rentals, Summer Camp, Exhibitions, Collections, Private Events, Public Tours, Stores, Shops, New Visitor’s Center, Arts & Field Trips

Free Admission: Members & children age 5 and under with a paying adult - Offers private tours to student and adult groups - It contains 42 rooms and measures just over 22,000 square feet (2,000 m2) - Area: 9.4 acres (3.8 ha)

Price: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors (age 65+), $2 Youth (age 6-12)

Tue - Sat : 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun : 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This multi-use mansion is a gem found in the heart of Des Moines. The mansion itself is a historical wonder packed with treasures from Europe, including the ceiling from a chapel that Shakespeare stood under. I'd highly recommend the guided tour for an inside look at this beautiful piece of history. Besides a relic of the past, I've also attended a wedding here. The Salisbury House served as a beautiful venue and backdrop for the wedding. I'd check it out if you are considering it.
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