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Old Capitol

21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
319-335-0548
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Ranked #3 of 12 attractions in Iowa City
Type: Historic Sites
Description: This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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150 reviews 150 reviews
91 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Free parking can be hard to find around the university. Go down 5 blocks to find residential parking--first come, first served. (You can also pay parking across from the student union.) If following GPS, note that if the road is washed out you will need to take the exit that goes through Coralville. Taking stage front and center, the Old... More

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Wilcox
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Would have liked to spend more time here. Beautiful timepieces of history here. Didn't get to the gift shop but would have liked to do so...maybe next time

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Iowa City, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

What did Iowans hope for in 1848? The architecture says it all: classical virtues of the republic, enshrined in bright spaces without grandiose trimmings. The modest but solidly furnished offices and legislature halls are grouped around a spiral stair. This is where the people who decided to fight for the Union left their hatracks and inkpots. You feel close to... More

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Columbia, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Everyone at the Capitol was so nice and it was a beautiful building! Friendly, clean, a nice quick tourist stop

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Holton, Kansas
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91 reviews 91 reviews
11 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

You walk in and can stroll around as you like. Amazing all the space we now need to conduct the business of the state when this served those needs back in 1849.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Don’t expect people dressed in period clothes giving you an interpretation of Old Capitol. Instead you get to wander through the restored Old Capitol at your own pace. Great care has been taken to be faithful to original furnishings and colors. Descriptions are provided for all rooms and it is left up to you to interpret what it must have... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Being a student at The University of Iowa, I venture past the Old Capital many times a week. It is a spectacular building from the outside, and the inside is just as nice. If you find yourself in Iowa City, it is definitely worth checking out.

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Muscatine, Iowa
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Old Capitol is right next door the Natural History Museum and they complement each other very well. There is no parking for Old Capital, however there are streets nearby to park on with a parking meter. The kids I took here loved all the history and being able to look out the windows on downtown Iowa City. It was a... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

I've been here a few times as a student. It's a really cool, historic building. I really enjoy attending lectures and other events here. If you're in Iowa City and enjoy history, it's definitely worth a quick visit.

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Iowa City, IA, USA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

The iconic dome of the Old Capitol is the symbol of The University of Iowa but don't stop there. The inside of the building has been restored to the way it was when it opened as Iowa's Territorial Capitol. The stairway is amazing and a photographers dream. No admission and well worth the time to go see it and the... More

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