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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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Very worth visiting!

My husband and I enjoyed visiting this building very much! It is a beautiful place. We discoverd... read more

Reviewed today
Lotje1998
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Deventer, The Netherlands
History and exercise

My friend and I had a wonderful tour including a climb of over a hundred steps to approach the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Madrigal95640
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Ione, California
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
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Reviewed today

My husband and I enjoyed visiting this building very much! It is a beautiful place. We discoverd the building by ourselves without a guide. The only disappointment was that on saturdays the Library is closed......

Thank Lotje1998
Reviewed 5 days ago

My friend and I had a wonderful tour including a climb of over a hundred steps to approach the inside top of the dome. The tour guide was very friendly and knowlegdable. The building has been extensively and lovingly restored. It's a real gem of...More

Thank Madrigal95640
Reviewed 1 week ago

One great adventure! It is well worth the time! The guide was very good! It is good place to take the family!

Thank Mike D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An amazing experience! I just can't believe how beautiful this building is. The entire building is simply gorgeous. The library is possibly the prettiest part of the building. A true gem. I just don't know why I have never heard of this state capital building....More

Thank CMHEurope
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have visited many State Capitols over the years. The Iowa State Capitol is clearly in my top 3. The building is spectacular (both the outside and the inside). It will take you hours to look at everything the building has to offer. If you...More

2  Thank WStatesTraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whilst in town for a wedding we found time to visit the capital building. It was well worth the time as it is such a lovely building. In was nice to just wander round with no one supervising you. The library is amazing.

Thank Magicmerl
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can do a self guided tour or with a guide. I did both because you need to be with a guide to get to the catwalk at the top of the rotunda. You need to be able to climb steep stairs but it is...More

1  Thank busy_traveler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Okay, let me first state that I write this with some bias...I grew up within one block of this beautiful building. It is the only state Capitol building to have five domes and is one of the largest in the country. The main dome shines...More

1  Thank David L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were going to take the self guided tour, until a staff member said we could join the guided tour that hadn't long started. So glad we did. We learnt so much more. Kae, our tour guide was very knowledgable. She told us lots of...More

1  Thank Robert H
Reviewed May 21, 2017

There is NOTHING like the Iowa Capitol. Every time I walk in, I get an euphoric feeling. It's such a majestic place. Visit when the legislature is in session. And take a tour--lots of interesting tidbits.

Thank SmallTownBigLife
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Hollie B
How long does it take?
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
Is there stairs? or are tours handicap excesaple ? Do they do tours on saturdays?
May 21, 2015|
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Response from dana978 | Reviewed this property |
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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Fullbellies
What times are the tours?
May 12, 2015|
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Response from Susan W | Reviewed this property |
Hours are 9 to 4 Monday thru Friday and 9 to 3;30 on Saturday
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