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Old Capitol

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Address: 21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone Number:
+1 319-335-0548
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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It is free! It is history! Where Iowa got its start!

Well worth a stop...once you find parking! The building is very well cared for and the House chambers, upstairs, is remarkable ! First State Library and Supreme Court are worth... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 January 2017
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Iowa City, Iowa
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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

Well worth a stop...once you find parking! The building is very well cared for and the House chambers, upstairs, is remarkable ! First State Library and Supreme Court are worth the wak through! If you have time, ask a docent for a short tour and get the verbal history!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

This great University building's historical significance as well as its ongoing use for many university related important events makes it a valued and much loved local destination.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

A wonderful look at the landscape of how the Old Capitol served as Iowa's legislature before moving to Des Moines. Don't miss the basement as there's often a changing exhibit there too. Just to see the elegant staircase is worth the trip.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Worth a walk through for the history and great architectural details. Lots of shops and dining nearby.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This place is always swarmed with college kids because its steps and walls are great for chilling with a laptop in nice weather. The building is beautiful but the inside is bland. If you want a beautiful historical building, go next door to the museum of natural history.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The wood work and furniture is amazing. A view into the past as Iowa just started. Took a guest there and they found it interesting. It is about a 1 hour museum depending on how long you look at things. It is right downtown so it is a great filler for some time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Exceptionally well maintained interior brings you back to the years after the US civil war, when state assemblymen gathered for several days each year to argue over the future of a territory and young state. There are two levels underneath the gold-plated dome. This is a part of the U of Iowa's original campus called the Pentacrest. Occasionally there are... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Old Cap's cornerstone was laid on Independence Day (July 4th) in 1840. It served as Iowa's Territorial Capital until 1846 when Iowa became the 29th State in the Union. It served as state capital until 1857 when Des Moines assumed that role. Old Cap has been beautifully preserved, and driving west on Iowa Avenue up to Old Cap is a... More 

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Sartell, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Great building and lots of history. Take the time to check it out. Museum is very interesting. It is worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

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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