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Capitol Building

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Another excellent Capitol building

I have managed to visit over 30 state capitols and they are all different in some way. On driving... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Do NOT miss taking the free tour of this gorgeous building while you are in Des Moines. Gayle, our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Camden, IN
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have managed to visit over 30 state capitols and they are all different in some way. On driving into Des Moines, you can spot the dome from some distance. Parking was super-easy, with a good number of free “Visitor only” spaces available within a...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do NOT miss taking the free tour of this gorgeous building while you are in Des Moines. Gayle, our guide was knowledgeable and extremely interesting as she related the history and story of this outstanding architectural gem. After the tour concluded, she encouraged to visit...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had an excellent tour of the beautiful Iowa Capital Building. I've lived here almost 30 years and this was my first visit there. Our guide was awesome.

Thank Kim S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You cannot drive passed the Capitol building and not be impressed by the sight of this building as you approach. The decor has that wow factor. We had just missed the start of the tour so didn’t get to go around. As we were passing...More

Thank Barbara M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Iowa State Capitol Building is very beautiful, both inside and out. Parking was not a problem for us today. Admission is free, and you can do a self-guided tour. The grounds are nice, with a number of sculptures. The staff there were very friendly,...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although we lived in Des Moines for several years, I never made it to the capitol building during that time. On a recent weekend visit we took the time to go and I was very glad we did. Although there were guided tours available, we...More

Thank Carol P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful state capitol buildings in the country! Dedicated in the 1880s, the impressive Renaissance-style architecture provides a panoramic view west of downtown Des Moines. It's unique five-dome structure covers a restored ornate interior, incorporating liberal use of 29 types of marble,...More

Thank EGilSmith
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful building with wonderful history Capable guides give enjoyable and informative info. Well worth the time.

Thank dsmdu
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful in the USA. It has recently been updated on the outside. The Gold dome can be seen for miles.

Thank David V
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were very impressed with all of the capital building-------but the law library is not to me missed.The iron railings and the iron railings on the spiral staircases are really beautiful--see photo.we did the self tour and saw the senate room--assembly room--and even the governors...More

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Katie T
1 September 2018|
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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
13 March 2018|
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Response from pamonasteph | Reviewed this property |
It does not cost anything to tour the Capitol Building. You can take a guided tour or get an information sheet from visitors desk and walk around yourself. When you go by yourself, you are able to stop in to many of the... More
Hollie B
26 March 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