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Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
Phone Number: 515-281-5591
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If your are in Des Moines and have some free time the State House is a nice place to visit; not because it's free, though that is an added incentive, but because it's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If your are in Des Moines and have some free time the State House is a nice place to visit; not because it's free, though that is an added incentive, but because it's historically significant and gorgeous. From the upper floors you can look down through a spiral staircase and see the flurry of activity during Iowa's legislative session. During... More 

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Altoona, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The state of Iowa has one of the most beautiful capitol buildings in the nation. Check out the model of the USS Iowa, and be sure to visit the Stoat of Iowa Law Library.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was able to see this with me senator. He added a lot of historical detail too. Well worth the time!

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Urbandale, Iowa
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited the capitol on both a self guided and guided tour. It is always a hit with my kids and I enjoy the history behind the building. The architecture and over decorating of the building is fantastic.

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Urbandale, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you're ever in Des Moines, you have to go see the State Capitol building. It has been remodeled and is absolutely grand! Beautiful architecture and paintings throughout. You will not be disappointed. Oh and yes that's real gold leaf!

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Little Elm, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we take our family road trips we try to visit the state capitol buildings for each state we visit. We do not go inside most of them but instead we just walk the grounds and see what we can learn about the state from the monuments and placards along the way. The Iowa capitol building is stunning. Architecturally, it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place. Architectural gem. Library is the cutest and most orginized. A very kind employee showed me original constitution of Iowa. Only minus is since I was solo I could not go to the top of the dome to see the views. No group ever came so I never had a chance to go up there.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This capitol building is beautiful! They offer several free tours throughout the day and it is well worth your time. I was late to arrive but the receptionist caught me up to the tour and the tour guide was very kind about it. She was also extremely knowledgeable.

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Eagan, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was at the capitol for a work function, and afterwards took some time to walk around. The building is beautiful and I loved the hum of activity. Did you know that you can walk upstairs to the house of representatives and leave a note for your elected official. You write it out on a pad and give it to... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Three year old was excited to go inside the golden castle (gold dome). Iowa has a beautiful state capital building that all should see.

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