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Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
Phone Number: +1 515-281-5591
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Excellent and Beautiful Iowa State Capitol

The Building was built by a guy and when he had built the building they had put it in a building contest and this guy won because he had the best looking design for a Legal... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Saint Ansgar, Iowa
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Winterset, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When i was still in the workforce I was in about every room of this building and some of them were in pretty poor shape. A few years ago they did a complete remodel of the capitol and in my opinion did a commendable job. Taking the tour is probably the best way to see and hear about it in... More 

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Saint Ansgar, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Building was built by a guy and when he had built the building they had put it in a building contest and this guy won because he had the best looking design for a Legal building. Also there are a lot of steps going up to the dome (Top of the capital.) If you are afraid of heights dont... More 

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Knoxville
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

No need to say much here. Every Iowan should spend at least a day in our capitol building. Be prepared for the security check we all have to pass through, but the history and ambiance of the capitol are inspiring.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The guided tour at the state capitol was amazing! It's such a beautiful place and the Tour guides are very nice and interesting!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Iowa State Capitol is considered one of the most beautiful in the country. Usually rated # 1 or 2 with Pennsylvania sharing the honor. The impressive gold dome is the largest in the nation, the inside is being restored to its original glory and has amazing hand stenciling and 29 different colors of marble. The tour staff is informative,... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Its was an awesome experience to visit the capitol building.. we took the guided tour n the person was very friendly.. he gave all the details about the building n its history. We visited it before the closing time so dint get enough time to take pictures inside the building ....so guys dont do that mistake.... but ofcourse we got... More 

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Rock SpringsWY, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016

Capitol was beautiful and easy to navigate. We talked to information desk, got a map and toured it on our own. Really interesting and in wonderful shape. Loved the murals especailly!

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

We had a nice and informative tour of the Capitol. We visited on Saturday morning and our group had few school students too, so it was pretty comprehensive. Our Tour guide Mr. mark was very good and explained history of each section of the building. Keep in Mind that on Saturday, couple of rooms are closed including Library for public... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

I have been visiting the Iowa State Capital Building since I was a young child. I love to visit every year or two and check the progress of the renovations. Each time I do the tour, I learn something new about the building. I took my kids each year while they were growing up. Now I take my granddaughter each... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

One of the better State Capital buildings with numerous historical exhibits that are well done. The architecture is superb. Parking was right out in front and entry was easy to find and quick through security. You are allowed entrance to a number of individuals offices including elected officials and the impressive library. Free and has a small gift shop at... More 

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