The Jordan House is open every Friday for 45-minute guided tours at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, as well as the first Sunday of each month at 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm.

Private tours for schools and other groups may be scheduled by calling our office.

For breakfast clubs or evening tours with an optional reception, please see our policies and information to learn more.

The Jordan House is available for tours by calling the Historical Society office (515-277-6652) or email

The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. It is one of the oldest structures in Polk Country and the oldest in West Des Moines. Built by one of West Des Moines’ first settlers, James C. Jordan, the house today serves both as a museum for West Des Moines and as the office of West Des Moines Historical Society. The sixteen period rooms serve as a fitting backdrop of displaying the many antique treasures gathered from the rich heritage of West Des Moines. Visitors will also be interested in both the Underground Railroad Exhibit and the many artifacts from the regular railroad which played an important role in the early years of West Des Moines.


Watch this great video made by the Valley High School Hyperstream Club students!

Virtual Tour

Shown below is the Jordan House formal parlor. (You may rotate the view by clicking your cursor and dragging it in the direction you wish to rotate or by using the arrow keys on your keyboard.) To visit different rooms click on “Scene” in the lower left corner and choosing another room.You may also use the button at the bottom of this page to learn about and “tour” the Bennett School.

See the map below for directions.

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