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Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone Number: 515-281-5591
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Interesting spot to see. I'm not sure if there is much to see inside of it. But it is a nice building, in a beautiful neighborhood.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Evanston, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Interesting spot to see. I'm not sure if there is much to see inside of it. But it is a nice building, in a beautiful neighborhood.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

For years our ESL classes made annual visits to the Capitol. It is a beautiful building and good tour guides.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

I have been to over a dozen State Capitols. This tour was very educational. It is one of the most beautiful Capitols that I have seen, besides Pennsylvania's. The woodworking in the Supreme Court Room, the library, and the chandeliers are especially worth seeing. Even the door hinges are amazing!

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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The teenagers grumbled that we were going to see the Capitol building. Once we were there, we spent more time than planned. BEAUTIFUL architecture, woodwork, tile...all enjoyed our self-given tour (chosen so that we could go at our own pace). The 12 & 13 year old boys especially enjoyed the library.

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Redlands, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

The Iowa Capitol building is one of the most beautiful buildings, inside and outside, I've ever seen. We visited early evening and caught it in the afternoon light and the glow off the dome and the reflection of it in the glass of a nearby building were breathtaking. We visited the inside the next morning and were gob-smacked by the... More 

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Minneapolis, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

High is a relative term, but the tall golden dome of the Capitol in Des Moines is visible from quite a distance, and in the afternoon sun it gleams like fresh-picked corn. The four corner domes, also elaborately decorated, add to the grandeur and, overall, this old (1873) capitol manages to be ostentatious but not gaudy, if that makes sense.... More 

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

So my daughter really wanted to see the big building with shiny domes (she's 5). We went on Sunday afternoon, to find it's only open to the public Mon-Sat. Oh well! There's a lovely garden on the front grounds, with walking paths and benches. In the garden is also a very fascinating WWII memorial. The memorial has the stories of... More 

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Washington, DC
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107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I travel extensively state to state (and live in DC) and found this Capitol building one of the most impressive from the historical and architectural perspective. My visit was for a business event so time was limited, but the event was held in the rotunda. Look up! Beautiful ceilings intricately painted. The history of the gilded dome alone was fascinating... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

If you have never been to the Iowa Capitol make it a stop. It is free to get into and they give free tours. If you have friends that work for the legislature ask them to take you to the top for excellent views of Des Moines.

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Denver, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I went on a tour of the capitol building in may of this year. Our tour guide was great and made lots of jokes. We had a fun time going into the Senate and Representative rooms. We even got to stand under the dome and hear our voice echo through it! Climbing up to almost the top of the dome... More 

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Address: Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone Number: 515-281-5591
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines

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