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Des Moines, Iowa

  • Hoyt Sherman Place

    Built in 1877 by prominent pioneer businessman Hoyt Sherman, this mansion was Des Moines' first public art gallery and houses a distinctive collection of 19th and 20th century artwork. The 1,250-seat ...
    Hoyt Sherman Place
  • Salisbury House

    This 42-room mansion was modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England. Built in the 1920s by the Weeks family, the home contains authentic 16th century English oak, extensive flintwork and raf...
    Salisbury House
  • Terrace Hill

    This opulent 1869 Victorian mansion, a National Historic Landmark and home of Iowa's governor, was built by Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin F. Allen. Restored to the late 1800s period, it overlooks...
    Terrace Hill
  • Wallace House

    Restored Italianate Victorian was home of the first Henry Wallace -- national leader in agriculture and conservation, and editor of Wallaces' Farmer. Exhibits include "Uncle Henry's Des Moines, 1880-1...
    Wallace House

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Basilica of St. John

Designated a basilica in 1989. Northern Italian/Lombardy Romanesque style, with gold-leaf coffered ceilings and 46 stained-glass windows, including a 15-foot Munich rose window. Ornate plaster and travertine marble interior.

Des Moines, IA Historic Churches


Hoyt Sherman Place

Built in 1877 by prominent pioneer businessman Hoyt Sherman, this mansion was Des Moines' first public art gallery and houses a distinctive collection of 19th and 20th century artwork. The 1,250

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Terrace Hill

This opulent 1869 Victorian mansion, a National Historic Landmark and home of Iowa's governor, was built by Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin F. Allen. Restored to the late 1800s period, it overlooks downtown Des Moines and is situated on eight acres with a recreated Victorian formal garden.

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Fort Des Moines Memorial Park and Education Center

America's largest memorial to black and female soldiers. A 4.6-acre memorial park includes 20,000 sq. ft. museum and historic chapel.

Des Moines, IA Memorials

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Story City Carousel

Be transported back in time aboard this restored 1913 Herschell-Spillman antique carousel. Revolve on hand-carved wooden anim...

International Wrestling Institute and Museum

Museum features Olympic, collegiate and pro wrestling history. Displays on famous athletes include Iowa's Olympic champion Da...

Indian Creek Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days...

Living History Farms

Learn the amazing story of how Iowans transformed fertile prairies into the most productive farmland in the world. Travel at...

Oaks Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...