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Capitol Building

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Visiting family in Iowa and stopped by for a tour. Great history and wonderful tour. Loved the... read more

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Harvard, Illinois
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Interesting Tour

We stopped here while passing through Des Moines based on other reviews. It's a beautiful building... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Prairie du Sac, WI, USA
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 June 2009

The state of Iowa provides free guided tours of its capitol building. We received an excellent tour from our guide which included historical and architectural information about the building. The building has exhibits about how it was built, Iowa civil war flags (although they are...More

9  Thank Winditan
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 23 April 2013

It was dreadful the long lines and the rude security really bothered me.The worst part was our guide kept restarting the tour for new people before we finished!

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Reviewed today via mobile

Visiting family in Iowa and stopped by for a tour. Great history and wonderful tour. Loved the dome. Dizzying walk up the steps was exhilarating.

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We stopped here while passing through Des Moines based on other reviews. It's a beautiful building and I recommend taking the tour. It's one and half hours long, but most informative.

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The state capital building is truly a unique experience that is in very important you need to visit. There is a lot of history and knowledge inside of the building as well as the beautiful paintings. It is a great experience for children to get...More

Thank Matt Z
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice tour, I was not expecting it to be so beautiful. Really enjoyed myself as did my co-worker ( we are both from the east coast)

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was staying downtown and saw the capital lit up at night. I decided to walk to it the next day and I am very glad I did. The capital is beautiful from a distant but just incredible close up. The interior is just a...More

Thank summerluvn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When I was there on a Saturday, a choir lined up all around the balcony while the conductor led from the rotunda. The effect was magnificent with the sound reverberating from the dome high above. I’d love to share a video but don’t seem to...More

Thank Aolisi
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was in Des Moines so stopped by to look, even though the interior was closed. This is a truly magnificent edifice and the people of Iowa are undoubtedly proud of it. The center dome of the 5 tops of the capital is covered in...More

Thank Neil G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful Capitol Buildings in the United States. Very well kept and maintained. Lots of History

Thank Barbara D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is amongst the best state capitols I have visited and I have done about 15. It is the only capitol with 5 domes, the golden central and four brass in each side. It is majestic to walk from the city and keep climbing the...More

Thank Rafael C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a beautiful building and well worth seeing. Tours are available but maps are available for those who want to see it on their own. The information desk is very helpful. The dome inside is one of the most beaufirul I have seen as...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
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Response from Jim J | Reviewed this property |
It doesn’t cost anything
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