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Address: 21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number: 319-335-0548
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This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.

This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.

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Great History

Came to Iowa city to visit a friend and ended up swinging downtown to visit the historical value of the city. Learned that Iowa City use to be the capital and included the capital... read more

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Augusta, Georgia
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Came to Iowa city to visit a friend and ended up swinging downtown to visit the historical value of the city. Learned that Iowa City use to be the capital and included the capital building. The whole area was very nice and included pleasant trees and immaculate grass.

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Marshalltown Ia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Lots to see and walk around. Old Capitol has lots to look at for the kids. Get away from games for a while.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The University owns the Old Capitol and it's been restored beautifully. If you get a chance to tour it, do! If you're a history buff, you won't regret it. If you like old historic buildings and architecture, you will love this.

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Thank Hope S
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are touring Iowa City or looking for a place with history check out the Old Capital, Iowa City was the capital city of Iowa till they changed it to Des Moines.

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Tucson
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We didn't know much of anything about Iowa's history before popping in here to look around. Very nice, easy to see museum aspect that fills you in on some basic Iowa history. Well done.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Loved being able to see close hand the court system, legislative room, and all offices encompassing the functions of a capitol.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restored Capitol of the Iowan Territory captures the elegance of a lost era. The former home of a leglative ghost is worth a stop to imagine life on an old fontier.

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A gorgeous midwestern 1800s capitol building. It's great to see but that's it. As far as I know, there's nothing inside and its always closed. A scenic landmark in the middle of the old campus.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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49 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Very well suited and a very appealing architecture and landscape makes a walk around the old capitol very pleasant.

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Clermont-Ferrand, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

This is a nice little museum type visit, it's small and simple, relies on donations, but I thought it was worth it. Took a couple of pictures in front of it for good measure. Bonus point: it's cool inside!

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