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Old Capitol Museum

21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
+1 319-335-1508
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A sense of the past

This building is on the grounds of the University of Iowa. It's easily found by its golden dome... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tampatowers
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A Gem

There aren't enough words allowed here to say everything! I brought my grandparents here decades... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Melanie C
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This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
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+1 319-335-1508
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This building is on the grounds of the University of Iowa. It's easily found by its golden dome, topped with flags. Legislative chambers are authentically furnished. Please take the time to view the four levels of the building. The staff provide helpful explanations.

Thank tampatowers
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There aren't enough words allowed here to say everything! I brought my grandparents here decades ago, and it's still a wonderful place to experience. The spiral staircase that turns back on itself is one-of-a-kind. The architect walked off the job when the contractors used native...More

Thank Melanie C
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The first capital of Iowa is preserved on the University of Iowa campus. Refurbished furniture of the time can be seen in several of the rooms, along with pictures of the past. One gets a good idea of the history of the time. Students are...More

Thank alfaiowa
Reviewed 8 April 2017

When I graduated from the University of Iowa several decades ago, the Old Capitol building had not yet been restored to a museum. What a joy to see it now! We attended a Sunday afternoon recital featuring the head of the piano department and three...More

Thank smiles91
Reviewed 2 April 2017

There were no ramps at the old Ioma capitol building. So sad. Gonna go get some Culvers for lunch. Got Culvers, all in all, not a bad day.

4  Thank Danny N
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

They're redoing it right now, but it looks amazing! I didn't get the chance to go inside, but loved seeing the outside, very educational!

Thank AmandaAnn17
Reviewed 14 March 2017

While I had walked by this historic building many times as a student, I finally saw the inside at the prompting of my adult son. It's a nice little museum of not only the early statehouse but also to other history.

Thank Connie S
Reviewed 8 March 2017

It was nice to know the history, that this city was the capital once. It is one of the few cultural places to visit.

Thank Sibelcay
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Well worth a stop...once you find parking! The building is very well cared for and the House chambers, upstairs, is remarkable ! First State Library and Supreme Court are worth the wak through! If you have time, ask a docent for a short tour and...More

1  Thank RadioRoy277
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This great University building's historical significance as well as its ongoing use for many university related important events makes it a valued and much loved local destination.

Thank 307seascape
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Barbrae G
Is it free to visit and what are the hrs
15 May 2015|
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Response from Allison B |
While there is no required admission fee there is a box for suggested donations that go towards maintaining the museum. Their hours are always listed on their website; currently they are open Tuesday-Sunday. Thursday they... More
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