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Capitol Building

1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
+1 515-281-5591
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Lots of magnificent artwork and the dome is amazing.

Did the self tour many years ago, and will have to go back soon and see what all has been updated... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jim J
Free tour

Stopped in the see this impressive building. Free tours are offered or you may do self guided tour... read more

Reviewed 1 week 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

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 1 week ago

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.

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank peabody2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My teens weren't patient with me gawking at the beautiful details of this colorful and elegant Capitol, but the library wowed them with its staircases, and they finally grew interested while seeing the House and Senate rooms.

Thank 10000Likes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an excellent tour guide, so be sure to plan for that. This is a beautiful capitol, especially on the inside. The unusual features of this Capitol include a display of the original constitution, a multilevel vault, a large model of the Iowa WWII...More

Thank RedClayRambler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We overheard a family talking about the free self-guided tours of the capital building while we were visiting Des Moines. I am very glad we decided to navigate the road construction to visit this amazing building. While the self guided tour was great, I would...More

Thank Thrifty61
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was traveling solo to the eclipse and part of my bucket list is to get a picture of myself in front of all of the fifty capital. Although the dome is being renovated, it is an extraordinary and stately capital building. It was in...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is always fun to visit the capitol of any state. However, Iowa takes such exceptional care of its building. It is beautiful, historic and interesting. Great trip for any age and free.

Thank sistersaint
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were passing through Des Moines and needed to wander and walk around for a while. We walked around downtown and ended up at the Capitol building. Such a beautiful building. We went inside just in time to join in a free tour. We have...More

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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