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Flynn Mansion Dinners

host at a flynn mansion dinnerFlynn Mansion Dinners are available in February-March

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!



Tickets open August 1, 2019 at 10am for members and August 8, 2019 at 10am for the general public.

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More Than a Meal

dining table set for a flynn mansion dinnerHistoric Dinner programs are much more than a meal. You’ll be transported back in time to experience an intimate dinner gathered in a beautiful Victorian dining room and learn about life in the past from your cook and dinner hosts. In order to plan for this special experience, Living History Farms relies on advanced tickets for each program. Since this experience is so different from a simple restaurant reservation, we are unable to provide a full refund for last minute cancellations. Please review our program policies before you purchase tickets to read about our cancellation policy, payment, program details, and more.

Flynn Mansion Dinner Program Policies


Tickets for Flynn Mansion Dinner programs are $80 per person or $70 per person for members, regardless of age. This program is not recommended for children under age 12, due to the prolonged time guests sit at the table. For a family Victorian experience, try a Flynn Victorian Tea.

Allergy Concerns

Our meals are prepared in the style of the historic period and served family style. We generally cannot alter recipes without impacting other guests at the table. Most of our recipes contain butter, margarine, eggs, chicken or beef stock, flour, and other gluten containing ingredients. If you have questions about a food allergy, please contact us at least two weeks prior to your program at (515)278-5286 ext. 158 or send an email to


Menuservant at flynn mansion dinner

Flynn Mansion Dinners are served in courses by our historic interpreters. Take a look at the bill of fare offered this season.

Flynn Mansion Dinner Menu


Give a Gift

Want to give the Historic Dinner experience as a gift? Living History Farms’ gift certificates are available!

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