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Capitol Building

1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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Des Moines Bucket list.

After visiting the capitol I was so disappointed at the number of times I drove by but never found... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
A definite must on your list

Everyone in the building is eager to share their knowledge, highly recommend whether you are from... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After visiting the capitol I was so disappointed at the number of times I drove by but never found the time to stop.It was so beautiful.They give guided tours unfortunately not for just one person.Understandable but disappointing if you are exploring solo because it limits...More

Thank bombcheles
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everyone in the building is eager to share their knowledge, highly recommend whether you are from Iowa or not! :>

Thank 8,12,841
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice job to the employee who gave us a tour . Felt so great. Authorities have taken great pride to maintain the monument meticulously.

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On the day I was leaving Iowa, I crammed in one more thing --- a visit to the Iowa State Capitol. Beautiful! Breath-taking. I remarked to the personnel that I had visited a gazillion capitols and government buildings in my lifetime but this one was...More

Thank NKyAdventurer
Reviewed 6 December 2017

The State Capitol building was built shortly after the civil war and when inside, it has the feel of that era. Anyone who is a history will enjoy touring the building. It's amazing that the huge dome is covered with 23 karat gold.

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 1 December 2017 via mobile

22 1/2 gold Leaf main dome is the crown of this outstanding building that is still being renovated over years to be a Jewel. Inside the rotunda and all over the building is a mix of 7 different marbles and a vast use of a...More

2  Thank James J
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

Perhaps the nicest state capitol I've visited across the country... Parts of the building reminded me of some of older European churches and cathedrals. I also liked the large replica model of the U.S.S. Iowa that is on display here. A stop here is well...More

Thank Jason M
Reviewed 12 November 2017

Definitely worth the trip. There are lots of things to see here, rich history, but best of all, the rotunda! Whether you're from Iowa or not, this french influenced architecture and decor is beautiful!

1  Thank Marty H
Reviewed 12 November 2017

The Iowa capital building is a beautiful place. If you are visiting Des Moines, and have 15 minutes, just stop in to see it. You'll be surprised!

Thank DebL457
Reviewed 10 November 2017

In town for a few days and decided to stop by the Capitol Building. Beautiful architecture. Make sure you go up into the dome.

Thank Jonathon M
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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
Destiny M
22 May 2015|
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
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