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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 Architecture!

Visit a marvelously maintained and refurbished 1800 building that became part of Iowa's history. Beautiful woodwork, history and exhibits will keep you entertained.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Beth F
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Visit a marvelously maintained and refurbished 1800 building that became part of Iowa's history. Beautiful woodwork, history and exhibits will keep you entertained.

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Thank Beth F
Forest City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful architecture, rich history, kind staff. We made a point to tour the Old Capital in between doctor appointments, but when we got there the front and back doors were locked; we were disappointed. We walked around to the side to take more pictures and saw a different entrance. As I was reading the sign that said they were closed... More 

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Thank Reynoldsmissy
Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Old Capitol was lovingly restored in the 1970s to its origins as the Iowa Statehouse. Visitors can see the reverse spiral staircase, view the Senate Chambers and the House, as well as offices and some displays. The building was deeded to the (State) University of Iowa when the legislature removed the capitol to Des Moines in 1856. The building... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first visit here was when I was a kid as part of a school excursion. It was the first time that I had ever been in such a building, so for me it was a big deal. Like a lot of these places, they're good making what otherwise might appear as something borderline dull, as very interesting, unique and... More 

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Augusta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 July 25, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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 June 27, 2016

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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