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“Beautiful Building” 4 of 5 stars
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Capitol Building
1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-5591
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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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106 reviews 106 reviews
58 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Building”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We have visited many Capitol buildings over the years, but none as ornately beautiful as the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. A young woman at the nearby history museum suggested we take one of the tours. There were many school groups touring, so we chose the self-guided tour, which excludes the top floor. We were able to hear bits of the guided tours while touring, which was a bonus. The building contains beautifully carved woodwork, tiles, photograph exhibits, and murals. We engaged in a brief chat with a retired agronomist, that volunteered there and a politician who mistook us for constituents. Walk around the building exterior/grounds if you have the time.

Visited October 2013
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“You can't beat free”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014 via mobile

The state Capitol is very beautiful. It is my favorite attraction price which is free. I loved how they explained how they keep the capitol dome gold.

Visited October 2013
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Butler, Missouri
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“wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

I don't go to many capitol building but this was is just amazing. The history was beyond what I can find works for.

Visited January 2014
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Muscatine, Iowa
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“Great Look at Government in Des Moines”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This capitol building made for a great afternoon while visiting Des Moines. My younger sister, who is usually not into history, actually enjoyed this building. It is so beautiful and everyone enjoyed looking at the structures inside and reading about the history. Lovely visit and nice building.

Visited May 2013
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“Grounds are impressive”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Don't pay much attention to the rating. Would have preferred not to rate this, as we did not get inside on a weekend. Impressive grounds around it. You should allow at least 45 minutes to walk the grounds. We think there was a falcon nesting on one of the facades--it did not like us standing near a dead bird on the ground (recent kill?).

Visited August 2013
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