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Capitol Building

East 9th & Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #1 of 44 Attractions in Des Moines
Type: Government Buildings
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San Francisco, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

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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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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157 reviews 157 reviews
94 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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354 reviews 354 reviews
100 attraction reviews
818 helpful votes 818 helpful votes
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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Newton, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Beautiful building -- truly deserves the unofficial title of the country's most beautiful capitol. The law library is not to be missed -- my 13-year old granddaughter actually gasped when we first entered. The surrounding campus has many historical and meaningful monuments, memorials, and sculptures. Landscaping on the west side is very well done, and gives a wonderful view of... More

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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115 reviews 115 reviews
36 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

It was nice to walk up the steps and get a good view of this beautiful building. Very centrally located to other tourist attractions. I'm glad we decided to take a walk around, it was very nice.

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