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Capitol Building

1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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A lot of history in this building

The State Capitol building was built shortly after the civil war and when inside, it has the feel... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carole M
Des Moines, United States
One of the best Building in Government.

22 1/2 gold Leaf main dome is the crown of this outstanding building that is still being renovated... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
James J
Park Forest, Illinois
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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

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 2 weeks ago 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

1  Thank James J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Capitol building is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The tour guides are friendly and so knowledgeable about the history of the building. The library is how I always imagined a real life version from Beauty and the Beast would look....More

1  Thank hannahbeach89
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Unfortunately we arrived about five minutes after closing (4 pm Saturday) and the beautiful gold dome was surrounded by scaffolding. We were able to walk around the building, look at statuary and monuments, and the large garden and steps extending to the west. Don’t miss...More

Thank Kenneth L
Reviewed 30 October 2017

This building is worth a visit, it wouldn't be out of place in Rome or Vienna, lots of impressive marble and wood panelling

2  Thank Sawmillbloke
Reviewed 29 October 2017

The State Capitol is well worth a visit - either for a guided tour or to explore by yourself. However, if you are on a free tour, you get a bonus trip up to the top of the rotunda, which is a great extra. The...More

1  Thank CCLoop
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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