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Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone Number: 515-281-5591
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One of the most beautiful and grand capital buildings in the country. The architecture is our standing and the paintings are amazing and meaningful to the history of Iowa and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

One of the most beautiful and grand capital buildings in the country. The architecture is our standing and the paintings are amazing and meaningful to the history of Iowa and the country. The displays are well documented and The Iowa employees are wonderful and hard working folks who are well informed and very helpful. They made our day.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This may be the most beautiful state capitol building we have visited. Absolutely beautiful! We took the self guided tour map and stop at all the offices that were open to visitors. The personnel in each office were incredible in that they stopped what they were doing and took the time to explain the restoration of their office to us... More 

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is the main site to see in Des Moines. You cannot miss it as it has a colorful gold dome and sits high upon a hill overlooking downtown Des Moines. Be sure and use a guide as there are interesting stories and you learn a lot about Iowa State history.

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Alamogordo, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is one of the most beautiful capitols we have seen and we have seen a dozen so including the national capitol in Washington. We saw the Iowa Capitol and the Kansas Capitol and they are both very beautiful - very elaborate. The only building in Washington that compares is the Library of Congress. If you like beautiful buildings you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We decided to stop by the capital since we hadn't been back since elementary school. It looked the same as I remember it. We arrived at the time a new tour just begun. The guide was very descriptive and knowledgeable. We had a great time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The quality of a building depends upon many factors, two of which are the individualism of the design and the nature of the people one finds within it. The Capitol scores highly on both counts - exuberant and richly decorated, just within the limit before being 'over the top', it would seem to represent (to a visitor from another country)... More 

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St. Louis, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

You can't miss seeing this beautiful building if you are driving around Des Moines. Even on a gray day such as we had, the architecture is stunning! There is free visitor parking on the side by the gardens, so it is convenient to tour the capitol and/or the grounds.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The capital building is a beautiful landmark and has well-kept grounds that are great for meandering, but there's nothing to draw a person here unless they're already in the neighborhood. So, when in the area, come see the fantastic bronze-gold dome, check out the historic interior, but quickly head over to East Village for some fun food and zany shopping.

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Oklahoma City, OK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

You can see this beautiful building for miles! Don't miss stopping here to visit. It's free and if you don't have time to go inside, definitely climb the steps to the top and see the statues and fountains. The five gold domes are spectacular. We happened to go close to sunset and there was a full moon so I was... More 

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Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Capitol building is open to the public,and after you go through the security check on the front enterance you can take a free guided tour or do your own tour. The Capitol building sits ontop of the hill and is a very impressive building with a gold coloured dome that can be seen from all of downtown Des Moines.... More 

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