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Capitol Building

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Just beautiful

If it's your first visit or your 100th, you will not be disappointed. The architecture of this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
James F
great place for visit

very information, fun for the whole family, great tour guide, learn a lot and kids had fun, lots of... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
allen c
Meriden, Iowa
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If it's your first visit or your 100th, you will not be disappointed. The architecture of this grand old building is stunning. Well worth the look-see.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

very information, fun for the whole family, great tour guide, learn a lot and kids had fun, lots of history

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank allen c
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting and informative. A history lesson you will get nowhere else about Iowa. Our guide was very informative and the building is quite beautiful

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed February 15, 2019

This is one of the most beautiful capitol buildings I've ever seen. The guided tour was fantastic and very informative.My hubby & I have enjoyed several historical places while on our yearly get away in winter & this ranks highly.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Cheryl J
Reviewed February 12, 2019

Unexpectedly good experience in des moin. You hardly believe that in US there are places with European architecture of 18th century in perfect condition and in ideal surroundings. There are no skyskreppets or industrial sights near by and you can make photos without modern cars...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed February 12, 2019 via mobile

As a young child this was a cool field trip. Many, many years later as an adult I have finally revisited. I truly love the hand carvings. And the kewlest spiral staircase. You can wonder on your own but learn so much more history and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Deb S
Reviewed February 7, 2019

Started walking around the capitol on our own and found it very interesting. Was told by a family friend that you could go up into the dome and inquired about that and was told you need to be part of a guided tour which was...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed February 4, 2019 via mobile

I come here once or twice a year to educate lawmakers. I am so impressed with the beauty both internally and externally. Staff is very helpful. Cafeteria has a variety of options. What I enjoy the most, however, is how accessible the legislators are. You...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PAJeremy
Reviewed January 31, 2019 via mobile

My husband had lived in Iowa many years and had never visited. I hadnt been here for many years. We decided to explore and it was absolutely beautiful.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Linda G
Reviewed January 16, 2019

We covered quite a bit of ground in the capital on our tour. Our tour guide Jane told us just enough about each area and kept us moving along at a good pace. Thanks Jane! We had a fabulous time. P.S. The outside art is...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Katie T
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Response from Gator1976 | Reviewed this property |
We did not park there, we walked from our hotel. But if I remember correctly, there was a parking lot in front of the building.
Debbie H
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Response from Jim J | Reviewed this property |
It doesn’t cost anything
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