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Capitol Building

Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
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Ranked #1 of 103 things to do in Des Moines
Type: Government buildings, Sights & Landmarks
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Dubuque, Iowa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
44 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The Iowa capitol gives visitors the opportunity to walk into the office of the governor, see replicas of battleships carrying the name Iowa, and see flags carried into battle during the Civil War. The trip to the balcony is alone worth the visit. Knowing the name of a legislator will get you the opportunity to visit the floor of the... More 

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Norwalk, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

You have to come and see for yourself, but when you leave you will agree. Iowa has one of the most beautiful capitols there is.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Iowa State Capital Building is a magnificent structure. Beautiful, classic architecture. Very interesting place to visit. Allow at least a couple of hours. .

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Altoona
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

While the DSM Capitol building isn't Washington DC, it a true gem with the art, artistic structures and law-making. It is must see with our exchange students. Every time we have visited we meet very interesting and kind elected officials who spent time chatting with us.

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Incredible building. Interesting history. Friendly guides and friendly people. I liked every part of this. Be sure to do it in nice weather so you can take in the exterior and surrounding sculptures and things too.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

There is so much to learn about the legislative process, advocating, the history of the building, and the architecture, that it was a wonderful place to visit for many reasons. Be sure to sign up for a tour!

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Urbandale, Iowa
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79 reviews 79 reviews
44 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

The design of the Iowa State capital building is on par with many European buildings. The building is well maintained and the opportunities for photos is extensive. Well presented historical cases offer a slice of Iowa History from Civil War Flags to made to order Inaugural dresses displayed in miniature on dolls. The art work is also interesting and the... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

I got invited by the representative of a northern county of Iowa state to sit on the major chair of the house! She took pictures for me and showed me around the library of Law. You can almost get in every room and have a conversation if they're not very busy. Nice well decorated building besides. Old building could last... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My significant other was visiting me and decided we would wander over to the capitol building. It was way beyond our expectations. We went on a Saturday and we fortunate to catch a tour that had started so we could go into the rooms normally locked on the weekend. The library was absolutely gorgeous. If you take a tour, you... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The citizens of the state of Iowa have a treasure to be really proud of in their state capitol! The architecture is incredible. Young and old can find something spectacular in this complex. A must see for anyone. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff make it even better.

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