Visit Terrace Hill, Iowa Governor’s Residence & National Historic Landmark

Guided tours of the first floor, historic gardens and carriage house take visitors back to the Victorian lifestyle of the late 1880s.

What to Expect During Your Terrace Hill Tour

Tours last approximately one hour and begin in the carriage house, which once contained horse stalls and carriages, and now has been renovated into a visitor’s center, museum, and gift shop. After checking in at the carriage house, guests view a 15 minute introductory video and then proceed on a guided tour with a Terrace Hill tour guide. During the guided tour, guests will see the first floor of the residence, the historic gardens and the carriage house. 

All visitors at Terrace Hill must be with a guided tour; no self-guided tours are permitted. Visitors are to check in at the carriage house prior to the start of their scheduled tour.

Terrace Hill Tour Schedule and Guidelines


Terrace Hill is open for tours March through December. Closed most holidays. 

Guided Tours are given by reservation only. Guided tours take place Tuesday-Saturday at the following times:
10:30 a.m.
12:00 p.m.

Guidelines for Terrace Hill Tours

  1. Guided tours will be offered Tuesdays – Saturdays at 10:30 am and 12:00 pm.

  2. ALL visitors are required to make a reservation for a Terrace Hill tour. All reservations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your tour.

  3. Reservations can be made only by calling 515-242-5841.

Admission for Terrace Hill Tours

Cash or check ONLY

$5 for Adults
$2 for Children (Ages 6-12)
FREE for Children ages 5 and under

Make Your Terrace Hill Tour Reservation

To make a reservation for a Terrace Hill tour, call 515-242-5841. At this time, reservations are only being accepted over the phone. Remember, you must make your tour reservation at least 48 hours before your desired tour time. 

Thank you for making a reservation to tour Terrace Hill! 


Terrace Hill is accessible to those with disabilities. If you are a person with a disability who requires special assistance, please call 515-242-5841 in advance of your visit.

Gift Shop

The Terrace Hill gift shop is open following a tour.


Printed from the Terrace Hill website on August 04, 2021 at 11:23pm.