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

Terrace Hill will reopen for guided tours on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Please read the following guidelines and updated tour procedures.

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.
12:30 p.m.

Guidelines for Terrace Hill Tours

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

  4. Each tour time will be limited to no more than 6 guests; all guests must live in the same household. Until further notice, no groups of more than 6 people will be able to tour Terrace Hill (this includes summer camps, school groups, daycare groups, family reunions, etc.)

  5. It is highly suggested that visitors bring a face mask to wear during the tour. Terrace Hill staff members and tour guides who interact with visitors will be required to wear masks.
  6. A distance of at least 6 feet should be maintained between the tour guide and tour group throughout the tour. 
  7. Any visitor who feels sick must stay home.

  8. Terrace Hill staff will clean and disinfect tour spaces between every tour time.

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 living history for children, and a great educational opportunity for educators. Until further notice, tours are not available for school classroom groups due to social distancing measures and our current tour policies.


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 will remain closed until further notice.


Printed from the Terrace Hill website on September 22, 2020 at 11:53am.