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Capitol Building

1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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A must-visit location

We were there after hours, so we were not able to go into the building. However, the grounds are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Lisa K
Houston, Texas
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Historical Capitol with Over the Top Marble Everywhere!

This is a very impressive building. The marble is in more colors than I even knew existed. As an... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
David M
Grand Forks, North Dakota
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1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We were there after hours, so we were not able to go into the building. However, the grounds are well kept and the structure itself is one of the prettiest capitol buildings in the country. The building is seated on a hill that overlooks the...More

Thank Lisa K
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a very impressive building. The marble is in more colors than I even knew existed. As an office or government building I'm not sure it is the most functional, but it you want to see architecture and what can be done with marble,...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

I have been several state capitol in USA, and I found that this one is just in average, not much very beautiful, the top may be undergoing repairing work, inside is rather dark, and it's difficult for you to take a good picture because lack...More

Thank ELKW
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We took the self-guided tour and really enjoyed seeing the capital. It is a beautiful building and worth a stop.

Thank DDowler
Reviewed 1 week ago

One and a half hour tour which gives an excellent tour of the state capital building. Tour guides are knowledgeable and pleasant. Building is beautiful including woodwork and murals, law library interesting. Also it is cool-air conditioning gave pleasant relief from heat. Pictures are allowed,...More

Thank Carolyn K
Reviewed 1 week ago

My family has been visiting state capitol buildings for the last few years and I have to say this is my favorite. The building is absolutely beautiful. We took a guided tour with Terry. He was so informative, really took time to give us detailed...More

Thank christine n
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visit Des Moines a couple of times of year and finally we found the time to see this beautiful building. We were there on July 3rd, so minimal visitors and staff, so we could see all of the offices and congressional spaces allowed. Plan...More

Thank Sheila W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The capitol of the state of Iowa has to be one of the most beautiful in the whole U.S. It has a tall gold dome and several smaller gold-studded domes surrounding it. The Capitol's location perched on a grassy hill surrounded by large trees is...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every Iowan should tour this elegant and beautiful capitol building.We were there during legislature holiday, so could enter many offices and learn about the structure and it's use. This was an awesome experience.

Thank nancy j
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to be there right at the start of the 10:30 a.m. tour, but others joined our tour en-route, so always ask when you enter the building. With a tour, you get to see so much more than on your own. Others...More

Thank miznina
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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