tower open daily

Tower Open Daily!

The Mahanay Memorial Carillon Tower is now open daily to the public. The Tower staff welcomes visitors from 10 am – 4 pm daily now through the end of September and then weekends in October. It is also available at other times by appointment by calling The Welcome Center at 515-386-2155.

Stay for the bells. The 47 bells (four octaves) plays the Westminster Chimes each quarter hour from 8 am – 8 pm daily. Two songs are also played about eight minutes after each hour. Tower Tunes Live Concerts are played live by Mahanay Maestros each Wednesday from 12:15 – 12:30 pm and other times as scheduled.

Come for the view. The tour includes information about the Mahanays and the Tower. An elevator takes visitors 120 ft. up to the glass enclosed Paul Nally Observation Deck. From there, the view is spectacular with rooftop art installations, alley projects and a view of downtown Jefferson and the surrounding countryside. Four new Ring Out for Art sculptures are located on the plaza.

The Mahanay Tower is free to youth 18 and under courtesy of our 2023 sponsor, the Victor Zike Trust and the Rosalene (Kay) Zike Trust, in memory of the parents of Bell Tower Foundation President Carole Custer. Cost for adults is $5. Individual season passes are available at the tower for $25.