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“Educational and fun!”
Review of Old Capitol Museum

Old Capitol Museum
Ranked #2 of 26 things to do in Iowa City
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Owner description: This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.
Cedar Rapids, IA
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Educational and fun!”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

The Old Capital in iowa city is a breathtaking experience of Iowa's past. I really enjoyed the exhibit about 1960s; the Vietnam war and students protesting the war! There is no admission price but they do ask for a free- will donation. Its reveals the past of Iowa.

Visited September 2011
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Midwest
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Nice place for an afternoon break”
Reviewed August 19, 2012

Took some nice photos of stairway and government chambers. They did a good job of restoration of the dome

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Stockton, California
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Beautiful place!”
Reviewed August 11, 2012

We visited it right before a huge thunderstorm, so we spent quite a bit of time there, waiting for the lightning and torrential rain to end. It is very well maintained with lots of Iowa history. It now belongs to the University, who have taken good care of it.

Visited August 2012
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The Woodlands, Texas
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54 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Nice photo op”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

Old Capitol is a photo opportunity with the gold dome and beautiful centerpiece of the pentacrest campus of University of Iowa. Inside there could be more interpretive displays but you get the sense of history for the first state capitol before Des Moines. It is used for UI faculty meetings and events and there is a small gift shop in the basement. Don't spend much time, then visit the quaint downtown shops.

Visited March 2012
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Redmond, Washington
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Small but interesting”
Reviewed July 24, 2012

This was the location of the state capitol before it was moved to Des Moines, Iowa. It is set up as a museum with the rooms as they would have been. A few rooms include (somewhat unrelated) art exhibits. There is nice but basic interpretive material, which is interesting. The spiral staircase in the center is impressive. The museum is small, so probably plan about 30-60 minutes. Admission is free, so it's worth a stop. The location is convenient, right next to the natural history museum and downtown Iowa City. They don't have parking, but you will be able to find somewhere to park downtown (plan to walk a few blocks if you don't want to pay for parking).

Visited July 2012
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