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Capitol Building

1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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The Capitol Building is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever been in. We saw some people... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Karen B
via mobile
Making Iowans Proud

The citizens of Iowa can certainly be proud of their state capitol building. The architecture is... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kirk G
Owatonna, Minnesota
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Capitol Building is one of the most beautiful buildings I have ever been in. We saw some people on guided tours, but we walked around ourselves. The library had an amazing spiral staircase.

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 1 week ago

The citizens of Iowa can certainly be proud of their state capitol building. The architecture is outstanding and they manage to keep it in good repair.

Thank Kirk G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I'd forgotten how beautiful the Iowa Capitol building is... The detail is amazing and the view of downtown from the Law library shouldn't be missed. If you're up to the climb, go up in the dome.

Thank LittlePaint
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The capitol is very photogenic and full of history. It's a nice spot to visit while you're in the East Village in Des Moines. There are displays and historical photos. You can get into a guided tour or just wander around on your own and...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the old time classic capital buildings. Interesting tour guide who included stories of the history of the building and its predecessors.

Thank John G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Filled with rich history and the tours are free. The guides knowledge is fascinating and makes the building come alive. Really enjoyed being with my kids. The different materials and marble are just stunning and beautiful. I have been several times and always learn something...More

Thank Nancy B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did the self tour many years ago, and will have to go back soon and see what all has been updated. They used to let you go into the upper mezzanine and see the dome up close, unfortunately they had to stop that because of...More

Thank Jim J
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Stopped in the see this impressive building. Free tours are offered or you may do self guided tour. A beautiful structure that is being maintained in original historic state. A must see for Iowa history buffs.

Thank sewkitty
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

We took the 90 minute tour and our docent was so knowledgeable and friendly. The building decor and style is gorgeous. The legislature employs two full time craftsman/artists to continually work on the building. The attention to detail is phenomenal. The law library is is...More

Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 2 September 2017

Stopped in and did self guided of the capitol building. Really beautiful building and great art work. There was a guided tour which looked to be good but it was longer than we wanted to spend at this venue. The State Auditor's office staff was...More

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Hollie B
26 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
21 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