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Capitol Building

East 9th & Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #1 of 45 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Government Buildings
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

I was so impressed with the capital. I recommend walking self tour first and then a guided tour. This was definitely one of the most interestingly wonderful things that I gave ever done. So worth the day spent in marvel and marble!

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O'Fallon MO
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Being from Saint Louis and seeing the Gold Leaf Dome was amazing! Nothing in Saint Louis could compare to the beauty of the Capital in Iowa! The amazing art and miles of marble all play into an gorgeous tour! Have to check out the old supreme court bench! The guy who carved this was only 20yr if I'm not mistaken.

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San Francisco, California
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8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This is a better than average building for a state capital, from the size, architecture, special murals and paintings. Do not miss the law library, which has some very ornate features, as well as some museum quality books on display. You can not get into this room without a guide.

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This place has amazing interior architecture, designs and paintings. It is very beautiful and full of masterpieces. Its a must visit if you ever happen to be in Des Moines, IOWA.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Weather was nice so we explored the Capitol grounds. Was surprised and very pleased to see the expanse of this place. Highly recommend to see if you are in Des Moines.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Sitting over Des Moines, the capitol shines like a beacon with its gold roof beckoning you forward. Parking can be a bit tedious, but don't let that deter you. The tour is informative (and FREE), and if you visit at the right time you will be able to get into the Governor's chambers if he is not there. Going on... More

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I really enjoyed the visit at the capital building of IA, especially taking the tour with narratives. It was informative and the building was restored to its glory beauty!

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La Grange, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great tour of this beautiful building. Great statuary on the grounds, but found it odd that there was little inside, except around the rotunda. As part of the tour group you were allowed to ascend a level and get a great view down at at the rotunda where a large flag is stretched across. Beautiful research library with winding staircases... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

It is fun to visit Des Moines as all top attractions are "free" (excluding seasonal fairground). There is a free guided tour, need to pass security check point as in any state capitol tour. - As usual, all state capitol ceilings are beautiful. - As an added bonus, check those interesting "mosiac" paintings. It is "optical illusion" but it is... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The tour was fun and educational, and at a good pace beautiful architecture, and amazing history, kind of a long walk from downtown hotels but we had a shuttle from ours.

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