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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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Former Capitol of Iowa

Fascinating building and history of not only the University of Iowa - but the state as well. Since... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
BethS13
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Greensboro, North Carolina
Amazing Historical Landmark

I visited the Old Capitol Museum for the first time as a freshman a few years ago when I started... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Wide_EyedTraveler202
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Harlan, Iowa
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This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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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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"spiral staircase"
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"iowa history"
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"legislative chambers"
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"worth a stop"
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"great architecture"
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"gift shop"
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"golden dome"
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"great place to get"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating building and history of not only the University of Iowa - but the state as well. Since this was the original capital of Iowa before it was moved to Des Moines. Wonderful building and incredible history. A must see. Fun fact - the capitol...More

Thank BethS13
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited the Old Capitol Museum for the first time as a freshman a few years ago when I started college. If you think the outside is as beautiful as I do, then the inside will not disappoint. The staff is very helpful and ready...More

1  Thank Wide_EyedTraveler202
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really wanted to stop here when we were in the area, so we drove over on a weekday morning. We didn't even make it to the museum! I read the parking information, but it took forever to even figure out where the museum was...More

Thank Abbey D
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Reviewed 7 July 2018

So this is a spiral staircase that spins the "wrong" way. It is cool if you are an architecture geek. The building is lovingly maintained as a spotlight into an old state house. My seven year old son thought it was super cool. But, as...More

2  Thank EPB30
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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

Fun informative and guiding you to the history that is the great state of iowa and the town that is iowa city iowa.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We were in the area and had a little over an hour. We are very glad we spent the time to check it out. Very interesting exhibits and really explains nicely the area and how the building and surrounding areas were developed and utilized. Interesting...More

1  Thank James G
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Reviewed 24 December 2017

It was interesting to spend an afternoon here exploring life in mid 1800's. Exhibits include offices, chambers, speaker room, balcony, rare daguerreotypes, and kids corner. Building itself underwent several re-constructions from original one and is now a historic landmark. It is amazing that building is...More

1  Thank Kumar Digvijay M
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

this is a great example of a 19th Century state capital building. it moved out in 1860, but is very well preserved.

Thank James W
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

The displays are very nice and informative at the Old Capitol. It is a very casual atmosphere which permits people to take their time and choose the displays which interest them. The furnishings and architecture do an excellent job of illustrating the ways people lived...More

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

A wonderful step into the past history of Iowa City...Found that Iowa City minted and accepted their own currency...until the Feds shut it down.

1  Thank retiredchuck
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Barbrae G
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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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