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Old Capitol Museum

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What a Gem

It doesn't take long to go through the building but it's well worth it. The original state capitol... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Novato CA
Great looking building from outside

I was only in Iowa City overnight. I had programmed the GPS for the restaurant I was eating at. As... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.
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21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It doesn't take long to go through the building but it's well worth it. The original state capitol for the state of Iowa. Not interactive but not a ton of reading either. Rooms set out just as they were back in the day. 30 min....More

Thank 3-doxies
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was only in Iowa City overnight. I had programmed the GPS for the restaurant I was eating at. As I parked in the Main Street, I could see the gorgeous building in front of me. It was early evening so, while parking wasn’t an...More

1  Thank BigMerk
Reviewed August 10, 2018

Fascinating building and history of not only the University of Iowa - but the state as well. Since this was the original capital of Iowa before it was moved to Des Moines. Wonderful building and incredible history. A must see. Fun fact - the capitol...More

Thank BethS13
Reviewed July 30, 2018

I visited the Old Capitol Museum for the first time as a freshman a few years ago when I started college. If you think the outside is as beautiful as I do, then the inside will not disappoint. The staff is very helpful and ready...More

2  Thank Wide_EyedTraveler202
Reviewed July 22, 2018

I really wanted to stop here when we were in the area, so we drove over on a weekday morning. We didn't even make it to the museum! I read the parking information, but it took forever to even figure out where the museum was...More

Thank Abbey D
Reviewed July 6, 2018

So this is a spiral staircase that spins the "wrong" way. It is cool if you are an architecture geek. The building is lovingly maintained as a spotlight into an old state house. My seven year old son thought it was super cool. But, as...More

4  Thank EPB30
Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

Fun informative and guiding you to the history that is the great state of iowa and the town that is iowa city iowa.

Thank Brocklavern
Reviewed April 15, 2018

We were in the area and had a little over an hour. We are very glad we spent the time to check it out. Very interesting exhibits and really explains nicely the area and how the building and surrounding areas were developed and utilized. Interesting...More

1  Thank James G
Reviewed December 23, 2017

It was interesting to spend an afternoon here exploring life in mid 1800's. Exhibits include offices, chambers, speaker room, balcony, rare daguerreotypes, and kids corner. Building itself underwent several re-constructions from original one and is now a historic landmark. It is amazing that building is...More

1  Thank KumarDigvijayM
Reviewed November 30, 2017

this is a great example of a 19th Century state capital building. it moved out in 1860, but is very well preserved.

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Barbrae G
May 14, 2015|
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While there is no required admission fee there is a box for suggested donations that go towards maintaining the museum. Their hours are always listed on their website; currently they are open Tuesday-Sunday. Thursday they... More