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Capitol Building

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Address: 1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50319-1001
Phone Number:
+1 515-281-5591
08:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00

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Capitol Building at Des Moines

A beautiful building with gilded dome and excellent collages and mosaic. We took the guided tour and Terry our guide was very good. The grounds are well laid out with some... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Chetan M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful building with gilded dome and excellent collages and mosaic. We took the guided tour and Terry our guide was very good. The grounds are well laid out with some interesting memorials.

1 Thank Chetan M
Des Moines
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful building inside and out! I recommend taking a tour. Ours was led by Jan who was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Expect to be there at least an hour and a half long, maybe a little longer if you're taking a lot of photos.

Thank ConstantlyDreaming
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is usually possible to get a guided tour of the building lead by guides who are knowledgeable and friendly. Don't miss this strikingly beautiful Victorian architectural gem that has been carefully restored!

Thank Randal C
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4 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent find and a must for anyone from the State of Iowa. Even if you aren't from Iowa and are just traveling through Des Moines I would recommend stopping by. Guided tours are available. The inside is incredible and everyone you meet his happy to help you and make you feel welcome.

Thank Jeff W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Iowa State Capitol building is a unique state capitol. This building is home to the Iowa House of Representatives, Iowa Senate and the Iowa Governor’s office. Until 2003, the Iowa State Capitol Building also housed the Iowa Supreme Court. The Supreme Court Room is accessible and now utilized for legislative meetings. The guided tour takes guest throughout the public... More 

Thank Barry H
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gosh darnit but even the hinges are stunningly beautiful (and well-polished!). Was always a favorite to visit during elementary field trips and now that I'm out of state, wonderful to see how well maintained it still is.

Thank VLD_60
Spirit Lake
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must see if in DesMoines. A beautiful building bustling with activity. Very friendly staff. Kids will even enjoy the tour.

Thank Randy G
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My teenage son and I went here and we really enjoyed our self guided tour. There is a map at the information desk and friendly people to help with any questions. We spent less than two hours there walking around and checking out different rooms and points of interest. What a beautiful capitol!

Thank Rebecca R
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11 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the Capitol building, it would be a great Hotel. I look forward to the upcoming remodel and paint job from Vivid illusions.

Thank mdparker0410
Des Moines, Iowa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I found that using the capital front parking for a meeting place was easy money. I received more looks at my car or cars and found more interests which upped the sale of the last 2 vehicles by 10 percent. Plus the safety and comfortability was a plus.There's always something going on and alot of friendly people. In closing of... More 

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