Jordan House Self-Guided Tours

Due to COVID-19, no more than 10 people will be able to tour at one time. There will be two 75 minute opportunities Friday and Sunday; from 11am-12:15pm and 1pm-2:15pm. This will give staff time to clean and sanitize handrails and other surfaces between tours.

At this time, all visitors and tour guides will be required to wear masks when in the Jordan House. If you do not feel comfortable wearing a mask, we ask that you visit the museum when restrictions ease. If you are part of a family group and alone in a room during your tour, you may remove your mask. When a docent or other people not in your group is within 6 ft., you must put your mask back up over your nose and mouth.

All visitors must pre-purchase a tour ticket. There are no walk up tour opportunities.

Friday tickets must be purchased at least 24 hours before the tour begins, and Sunday tour tickets must be purchased before 5pm the Friday before.

To reserve a ticket for 11am Friday, please click here.

To reserve a Friday 1pm tour ticket, please click here.

To reserve a Sunday 11am tour ticket, please click here.

To reserve a Sunday 1pm tour ticket, please click here.

Bennett School Tours

Open public tours have been completed for 2020. If you would like to reserve a private tour of the Bennett School Museum, please call 515.225.1286



Events and Activities

West Des Moines Historical Society provides significant learning experiences at two historic sites for hundreds of visitors and school children each year. In addition to regular tours available at The Jordan House and Bennett School, we offer other community events. Please check our website and Facebook page for dates and additional information.