Flynn Mansion Dinner - Living History Farms

Flynn Mansion Dinner

Maids and servants, salt cellars, and finger bowls! Flynn Mansion Dinners

Explore the culture of high Victorian dining with an evening meal in the Flynn Mansion at Living History Farms! Join us for this unique opportunity to experience the serving culture and specialty courses which made up a special occasion dinner party in the past.

Take a seat in the elegant Flynn dining room and allow yourself to be waited on by servants in proper 1870s period clothing. Our dinner host will share stories of Des Moines society and Victorian entertaining as guests enjoy several courses presented in period style. Taste some of the unique staples of the Victorian meal, while kitchen staff provides insights into 19th century menu choices.

After dinner, explore the house and enjoy an intimate look at this historic Italianate home built in 1870. This special edition historic dinner will be presented only a few times this year; make sure you are on the invited guest list!

Flynn Mansion


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Reservations open for members on July 25, 2016.
Reservations open for the general public on August 1, 2016.

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This dining experience lasts approximately 3 hours; it takes time to eat multiple courses of food! Guests meet their dinner host promptly at 6:15 pm at the Living History Farms Visitor Center. Guests then drive their own vehicles from the Visitor Center to a parking area next to the historic home. Guests are encouraged to dress nicely for this elegant meal, but sensible shoes are highly recommended in the potentially muddy weather!

Note: This program is not recommended for children under age 12 due to prolonged time sitting at the table. For a family Victorian experience try a Flynn Victorian Tea.


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Our meals are prepared for the entire table at one time in the style of the historic period. We generally cannot alter recipes without impacting other guests at the table. This meal will include a course of shell fish and salmon. Most of our recipes contain chicken or beef stock, flour, and other gluten containing ingredients. If you are concerned about a gluten allergy, vegetarian options or other dietary/allergy concerns, please call us at 515.278.5286 ext. 158 or send an email to


Reservations open for members on July 25, 2016.
Reservations open for the general public on August 1, 2016.

If you would like to reserve an entire table for a dinner but wish to pay individually, please give us a call at 515.278.5286 ext.158 or send an email to



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