CURRENT HOURS: Closed for touring, Open by reservation for Programs and Events

Flynn Victorian Tea

tea cupIndulge your inner Victorian with an elegant tea service in the historic Flynn Mansion at Living History Farms. Wear your hat and gloves and share tea traditions with Living History Farms’ interpreters wearing 1870s Victorian period dress.

Guests will enjoy tea sandwiches, scones, traditional cakes and sweets, all served with hot tea. Pour a cup and chat with friends at the tea table. Then explore the interiors of this elegant Italianate home built in 1870 by one of Des Moines’ first families. Well-mannered children are most welcome.

Historic Dinners programs will resume in September 2020. Please check back often for the latest information.


servant pouring tea in flynn dining room

More Than a Meal

Historic Dinner and Tea programs offer much more than a meal. You’ll be transported back in time to experience an intimate tea service gathered in an elegant Victorian setting and learn about life in the past from your 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.


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