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Capitol Building

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

Excellent monument Very impressive Good one to visit especially for kids Nice photo spot Best... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
chettiyappan
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Chennai, India
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Absolutely Beautiful

We stopped in to break up our drive and ended up staying for about 2 hours. The building is... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Amy P
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Tulsa
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“law library” (71 reviews)
“free tour” (24 reviews)
“gold leaf” (24 reviews)
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
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"law library"
in 71 reviews
"free tour"
in 24 reviews
"gold leaf"
in 24 reviews
"guided tour"
in 52 reviews
"supreme court"
in 18 reviews
"beautiful state"
in 18 reviews
"gold dome"
in 20 reviews
"state capitols"
in 14 reviews
"governor's office"
in 12 reviews
"spiral staircase"
in 13 reviews
"great tour"
in 16 reviews
"visitor parking"
in 7 reviews
"senate chambers"
in 7 reviews
"whispering gallery"
in 7 reviews
"information desk"
in 8 reviews
"lots of history"
in 8 reviews
"self guided"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent monument Very impressive Good one to visit especially for kids Nice photo spot Best time to visit is late evening

Thank chettiyappan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in to break up our drive and ended up staying for about 2 hours. The building is beautiful inside and out. The staff was friendly and it is free to tour. Plus there is a lot to explore on the grounds.

Thank Amy P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful capitol! There are guided tours available. Lots to look at. including the ceilings and beautiful stair cases.

Thank MinnesotaRandy
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

This building is simply beautiful. Our tour guide was so informative and friendly. You will enjoy! A lot of history to learn too.

Thank Jean B
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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

Now depending on what time of day you go parking can be a little tricky but with some tenacity you’ll find a free spot :) inside the building is incredible. The library has winding staircases and lots of displays on the history of Iowa. I...More

1  Thank ChoosingToBeHappy
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

Very educational.. we were put on a tour with 46 bin lids ! (Kids) but that only added to our enjoyment!! Fantastic knowledgeable guide and we got some awesome 😎 photos!! Highly recommended 😀

1  Thank julienphil
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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

The tour is so informative and you get to view the library, both houses chambers and go all the way to the bottom of the dome. I would say it's an experience not to be missed!

2  Thank laney974
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

This building has great architecture abd if you take the tour you hear amazing pieces of iowa history

1  Thank sandy1113_10
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

Worked at the Capitol during the Legislative season for a decade. During that time, the building was painstakingly restored to its original beauty. The Victorian detail which had been painted over was rediscovered and replicated. I never drive by, approach, or enter the Capitol building...More

1  Thank ksyentes
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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Went to watch government in action last week... mostly boring, but the chandeliers and wood were awesome!

Thank Gertrude123456780
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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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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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