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Capitol Building

1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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Great history

We have been to many state capital buildings and this is one of the better ones. The tour guide was... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
MommyTraveler62
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South Florida
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Another Amazing State Capitol

A lot of stairs but a good amount of Impressive works to see. Tours are available for free. The... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
FairlyWellTravelled
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Virginia
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
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+1 515-281-5591
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We have been to many state capital buildings and this is one of the better ones. The tour guide was highly knowledgeable. The architecture was ornate and detailed. The grand staircase and marble are beautiful. There is work being done on the dome so we...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

A lot of stairs but a good amount of Impressive works to see. Tours are available for free. The drawback is you can't look out a good window from the center dome. Would have like to have spent more time walking around, climbing stairs in...More

Thank FairlyWellTravelled
Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the free 90-minute tour and were impressed with our guide and all the information she provided. The tour took us to both legislative chambers, the original Supreme Court with its ornately carved bench, and the law library. There’s amazing craftsmanship (and a lot...More

Thank Mack3065
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been to the capitol three times in the last month taking a different granddaughter on each visit. The staff at the capitol are always glad to stop, show you around and answer questions. The Auditors office and the Secretary of States office in...More

Thank Bill M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting building, inside and out, be sure to see the impressive law library. Wish the walkway to the dome had been open.

Thank Dennis A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Guided tours are informative with lots to see. Beautiful building. Building is handicapped accessible except for very top of dome and cupola.

Thank Steven H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really cool place as far as capitols, artwork, architecture and grand stairways go. On Iowa Caucus night, they film from the Law Library within the capitol - pretty cool.

Thank Jaybird123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the kids here, and had a personal tour from our state senator. Very enjoyable and beautiful to see all the different rock and paintings. The statues and detail used in every part of the building were enjoyable, and the kids even like the...More

Thank Joel H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Iowa has a fantastic capitol building. If you get the chance, you can go right in, after security, from the left side of the building and do your own self-guided walking tour. The architecture is splendid.

Thank Kenneth C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a spectacular capital building! I have been to numerous capital buildings and the detail in every nook and cranny in this one really makes it special. Even the inside of the door hinges have artwork. This fantastic building does a fine job of...More

Thank 405deano
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Hollie B
27 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
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Destiny M
22 May 2015|
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Response from dana978 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are steps but it does have handicapped accessibity. It is a bit difficult to get to some places easily. You are unable to go up to the top of the dome as it's 130 steps and no elevator. Saturday is open, but only... More
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Fullbellies
12 May 2015|
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Response from Susan W | Reviewed this property |
Hours are 9 to 4 Monday thru Friday and 9 to 3;30 on Saturday
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