As a VENUE: Host your event…

A national treasure, Salisbury House & Gardens offers the elegance of a historic mansion — modeled after the King’s House in Salisbury, England, with beautiful manicured gardens bordered by lush woodlands. There is an array of rental options for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers as well as social or corporate events:

  • Weddings: Your happily ever after awaits. Make the beginning of forever unforgettable with a wedding day of your dreams. With exclusive use of the property during your contracted rental time, our grand mansion offers an elegant setting with manicured gardens encased by pristine woodlands to create an idyllic setting for your special day. Your photographer will capture stunning photos as you wed between the iconic Pompeian columns in the garden and as you have your first dance as newlyweds under the bistro lights on the terrace. Whether you are seeking a small and intimate venue for your ceremony or an expansive garden for your reception, Salisbury House & Gardens offers an array of options for weddings of varying scope and size. Begin your fairy tale at Salisbury House with a memorable wedding that you, your family and your friends will never forget.
  • Business or Corporate Events: Inspired Meetings: A unique setting for your next off-site meeting, luncheon, or retreat. Imagine your next board meeting in the Common Room seated at the 19’ long English Oak Trestle Table surrounded by ornate needlepoint tapestries. Envision hosting your business or private event in the rich settings of elegance our historic mansion provides. With internet and phone capabilities remain connected while surrounded by history.
  • Private Dinners & Receptions: Spend an enchanted evening at Salisbury House. Greet your guests as they enjoy a cocktail hour outdoor on the terrace overlooking the gardens or indoor under the rafters from the White Hart Inn, where Shakespeare performed with his troupe in the early 1600’s. Then enjoy a lavish dinner prepared by one of our approved caterers with live background music from our custom Steinway piano performed by one of our recommended pianists.

Support Salisbury House & Gardens …by simply booking your next special occasion:


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Good for You and for Salisbury House & Gardens. Membership at Salisbury House & Gardens is designed for supporters who want to financially assist our historic museum, while also being active participants in our special events, tours and activities. Memberships and donations, at any level, benefit the ongoing operations of the organization and its efforts to preserve and share the estate and its collections with the community. Salisbury House offers unparalleled breadth of experience for its visitors, with tangible teaching opportunities in architecture, art, music, history, horticulture, cultural anthropology, sustainability and entrepreneurship. Contributions and membership support help the Salisbury House Foundation properly maintain the complex property, while also funding the educational programs that help us to fulfill our mission. Your support and belief in our mission makes it possible for us to tell the Salisbury House story as widely as possible, and to bring guests from around the world to see the treasures left in our care. Thank you for choosing to donate to Salisbury House & Gardens via our online annual fund site. Financial support at any level helps to preserve our property and collections, and provide educational and cultural programming for guests of all ages. All donations are greatly appreciated. Memberships are offered at these levels: Individual * Household * Friendship.


Support Salisbury House – Make Your Commitment Today. The Salisbury House Foundation’s mission is to keep this historic treasure, and its compelling community programs, alive for the next generation of Iowans. Our commitment is to maintain the integrity of this incredible gem while continuing to ensure its relevance and importance for existing and new audiences.

We need your support now more than ever, so we can keep this vital community resource available for decades to come. Please consider a three-year commitment to the Salisbury House Foundation. A long-term, regular contribution benefits the Salisbury House (and you!) in many ways:

  • Steady, predictable source of funding
  • More streamlined administration
  • Increased efficiency for strategic planning
  • Scheduled giving helps you forecast your expenses
  • Easier to track for tax purposes
  • Make a bigger charitable impact

Multiple option opportunities are encouraged:

  • General operations
  • Educational Programming
  • Special Events Support
  • Curatorial and Library Support

Personal and Corporate donations at specified amounts are designated or you may customize your gift. Recurring donations are encouraged. Donations can become a special way to honor legacies.

Volunteer: Volunteers are at the heart of Salisbury House & Gardens. They provide year-round support for many of our public events as well as assist with onsite projects and maintenance. As a volunteer, you will get a behind-the-scenes look at Salisbury House while ensuring guests receive a world-class, cultural experience. Everything from our largest events to daily activities are volunteer-based and we strive to provide a unique, positive experience for every volunteer. Volunteer opportunities include: * our tour guide program * helping in our gardens * assisting at public program events * various service projects, and * occasional opportunities for special volunteer roles. We are always seeking new tour guides to help lead the daily public tours here at Salisbury House. Candidates will be paired with a veteran tour guide for our One on One Tour Guide Program. Veteran guides will train you on all aspects of leading tours and interacting with our guests. We ask for a commitment of at least two shifts per month.

Support Salisbury House & Gardens… by simply joining, giving, and volunteering here:

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