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Address: 21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: 319-335-0548
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Description: This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.

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Well-maintained slice of history.

The Old Capitol is a museum of Iowa in the 1840s, with rooms set up as the Governor's Office, Law Library, etc. The old Senate and House chambers can be visited and are in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Old Capitol is a museum of Iowa in the 1840s, with rooms set up as the Governor's Office, Law Library, etc. The old Senate and House chambers can be visited and are in occasional use for university functions. There are well-curated temporary exhibits as well. Plan on a visit of one to two hours.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

This building has incredible history, and has been amazingly restored. No visit to Iowa City and the University of Iowa is complete with a stop at the Old Capitol.

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

This is a beautiful picture of the Old Capitol in the middle of the pentacrest. Take a visit inside they give free tours all day long and they are actually quite interesting!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

History can be interesting and captivating, but not if it happened in Iowa City. No exciting double crosses, deadly earth changing battles or struggles for imperial supremacy here. Just a lot of Iowans deciding how to put a fair price on hogs and a bushel of corn. Although Iowa did lead the way in women's rights and admission to higher... More 

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Washington, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

Was a great place to walk around with elementary aged children. We did not do the guided tour, but it was open to view self-guided, which was better for us due to our children's ages and attention spans. It's definitely worth a stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

I love coming to the Old Capital with my two young boys. It's a beautiful old building, kept in excellent condition. The exhibits are really interesting, and occasionally, the museum will have additional limited-time exhibits (for example, one on the life of Edgar Allan Poe was very fascinating). I've come here several times with my boys when we happen to... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I, unfortunately, am not able to comment on the Old Capitol's interior because its hours were far too limited. I planned to see the Old Capitol on a mid-afternoon on a Friday only to find that the interior closed at 3pm. While I am largely at fault for not checking the exact hours in advance, I'm somewhat disappointed that the... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

It was a real treat to visit the Old Capitol in Iowa City while visiting a friend. All three levels are available to tour. My favorite was the House room due to the remodeled balcony level that you could climb up into. They also had a nice little gift store to get a few souvenirs from the visit. I also... More 

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Worth the time to stop and walk through the Old Capitol. Beautifully remodeled and refurbished,-a great way to spend an hour or so. Emblem of the University of Iowa, it's is a good thing re-modelers in the 1920's thought to put a slab of concrete between the bell tower and the building, so the burning bell did not fall through... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

it is a nice place to visit. it is a very historical building and there are a lot of stuff inside as well. the scenary from the window is also beautiful. I will go back again.

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Address: 21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: 319-335-0548
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City

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