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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Chicago, Illinois
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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35 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
6 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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Rosemount, Minnesota
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

A fun night before the big instate rivalry of collegiate football.....the capitol is beautiful at nighttime

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I nice stop to get a feel for Iowa back in the days when it was a territory. It is nicely refurbished and the staff/students are wonderful guides.

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Mankato, Minnesota
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164 helpful votes 164 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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