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Capitol Building

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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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Great building

Get the tour, its worth the time (about 1.5 -2 hr). Very knowledgeable person. Beautiful building... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
archytecture
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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WoW

We only got 20 mins but Wow lovely staff lovely building! We arrived late but the staff were... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
David S
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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“law library” (77 reviews)
“gold leaf” (25 reviews)
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
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+1 515-281-5591
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"law library"
in 77 reviews
"gold leaf"
in 25 reviews
"free tour"
in 24 reviews
"supreme court"
in 21 reviews
"guided tour"
in 53 reviews
"beautiful state"
in 18 reviews
"state capitols"
in 16 reviews
"gold dome"
in 21 reviews
"governor's office"
in 12 reviews
"spiral staircase"
in 14 reviews
"whispering gallery"
in 8 reviews
"visitor parking"
in 7 reviews
"great tour"
in 17 reviews
"information desk"
in 8 reviews
"lots of history"
in 9 reviews
"self guided"
in 14 reviews
"iowa history"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Get the tour, its worth the time (about 1.5 -2 hr). Very knowledgeable person. Beautiful building. With the tour you get into places you can't go by yourself. Like up to the top of the rotunda. Very impressive.

Thank archytecture
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We only got 20 mins but Wow lovely staff lovely building! We arrived late but the staff were wonderful! Somebody from council told us a few things about exhibits amazing

Thank David S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We decided to do the self guided tour. The staff gave us a map with information on the back about the different floors/offices. The staff in the offices were very friendly and gave us tours around their offices. We loved it!

Thank pamonasteph
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I was in Des Moines on July 4th so the tour of the inside of the Capitol building was not taking place that day. However, I enjoyed walking around the grounds and viewing the monuments. Beautiful location with a view overlooking the city.

Thank TRVLBug58
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This capital is a must see. The size, brick color, the golden domes, and the entire interior are to behold. The glistening new downtown it overlooks makes this a great American setting.

Thank Brett M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We hopped on the free tour of the Capitol and thought it was truly the best way to experience this magnificent building. Our favorite stop on the tour is the amazing law library with it's grand spiral staircases and decorative accents--it's one of the most...More

Thank saklink
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This capital building is spectacular. Go on the tour it’s free and your learn so much. Plus they bring you into rooms you would never be able to see without a guide. Iowa you have out done yourself with this building. We will be back...More

Thank Grussingtravels
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of history! Beautiful architecture! The staff was knowledgeable and the tour was fantastic. Wonderful to learn more about Iowa history!

Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We lucked out yesterday -- happened to walk in to the ground floor entrance just as a tour was starting. The hour and 20 minutes seemed like a long time, so we planned to politely step away after a half hour or so... but Terry...More

Thank Kbiesmann
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have toured 44 state capitol buildings and this is in the top 5 for beauty, both inside and the grounds and statues. The large gold dome is the focal point but there are 4 smaller domes that are beautiful too. My favorite statue is...More

Thank AnnC576
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Debbie H
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Hollie B
March 26, 2017|
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Response from cdhcch | Reviewed this property |
The state capital takes 1/2 hr to 2 hrs depending on how much you read and enjoy the displays. The natural museum in the building next to it takes about equal amount of time. We went with a teenager who was not into it... More
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Destiny M
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Yes there are steps but it does have handicapped accessibity. It is a bit difficult to get to some places easily. You are unable to go up to the top of the dome as it's 130 steps and no elevator. Saturday is open, but only... More
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