Iowa State Capitol Building

Capitol Building, History Museum, and College Library
East Village, Des Moines
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  • Jake S.
    "Don't miss the law library, it's gorgeous."(4 Tips)
    Jason M.
    "Take the free tour, it's worth the time."(4 Tips)
    Erik R.
    "senate chamber years"(2 Tips)
    drew t.
    "One of the coolest looking state buildings I've seen so far."(2 Tips)
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  • Margot G.
    Margot GJune 17, 2016
    It's very beautiful! There is so much detail in every part of the building. The ceilings are fantastic!
  • Tony
    TonyFebruary 18, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The grounds of the Capitol is one of the best places to get a great view of downtown. Beautiful sunsets
  • Brian
    BrianDecember 13, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Go inside to see the dome/ceiling
  • Mark R.
    Mark RomOctober 4, 2015
    The majesty of good government
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DavelaarSeptember 2, 2015
    If you think it's impressive by day, drive by at night when it's beautiful all lit up!
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinAugust 8, 2015
    One of the coolest looking state buildings I've seen so far.
  • Timothy M.
    Timothy MöhleJuly 13, 2015
    Beautiful interiors and outside too
  • Erik R.
    Erik RowleyJuly 5, 2015
    The most beautiful State Capitol in the U.S. Take a tour of this golden domed gem. I was lucky enough to perform my alto sax playing in the senate chamber years ago.
  • Jason M.
    Jason MrachinaMay 16, 2015
    One of the true icons of Des Moines. Take the free tour, allow an hour to walk the grounds. This is Iowa at its best
  • g o.
    g oconnorMay 8, 2015
    Magnificent at night. Hot after-hours bar scene within blocks
  • Jason M.
    Jason MrachinaMay 5, 2015
    Take the free tour, it's worth the time. Don't miss the law library. Bring your camera, tripods welcome
  • Estepha F.
    Estepha FrancisqueApril 26, 2015
    Veeeery cool place. Make sure to see the library!
  • Josh G.
    Josh GarrettApril 12, 2015
    Great sidewalks and trails to walk your dogs. Mine love to run down the hill...although I have to try to keep up!
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockAugust 12, 2014
    Climate March rallye
  • Mark B.
    Mark BolinAugust 11, 2014
    Very gracious guards let us in 5 minutes to 5 PM and we were able to self tour the Senate and House chambers in 20 minutes to mark capitol building 45 of 50 off our list. Tip: Avoid Tornados
  • Graham G.
    Graham GarnerAugust 7, 2014
    Great art and architecture.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANJuly 28, 2014
    The Iowa State Capitol Building is the only five domed capitol building in the country. Check out this C-SPAN video for more info. Read more
  • John N.
    John NimitJuly 30, 2013
    Great place to go.
  • Erin N.
    Thunder run
  • Matt I.
    Matt IveyMarch 21, 2013
    Good luck finding a spot to park! Better plan to arrive 30 minutes early....
  • Alanya C.
    Alanya CantellyaDecember 24, 2012
    Very beautiful building! We only saw the outside but I hope to return one day for a visit!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithDecember 9, 2012
    Make sure you have a camera strap on your camera, or you won't be able to take pictures from the top of the dome. Don't miss the law library, it's gorgeous.
  • Mohd Rohaizad K.
    Beautiful capitol building @ Iowa State
  • Gregory H.
    Gregory HauensteinAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    There is an ATM on the ground floor for convenient access to your bribe money.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeMarch 9, 2012
    'I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts'. Will Rogers
  • Jerry G.
    Jerry GhazaliMarch 6, 2012
    One of the most beautiful capitols in the nation. Free tours include a 275 ft trip up in the dome and a breathtaking Law Library. Make sure to talk a walk around the gardens and monuments on the hill.
  • Mohd H.
    Mohd HisshamMarch 6, 2012
    ermm.. nipu skali skale
  • Dan J.
    Dan JohnsonFebruary 9, 2012
    Watch out for deer - seriously, I recently hit one running between here and the Judicial Branch on Court.
  • Kerri S.
    Kerri SorrellJanuary 26, 2012
    One of the most beautiful capitols in the nation. Free tours include a 275 ft trip up in the dome and a breathtaking Law Library. Make sure to talk a walk around the gardens and monuments on the hill.
  • Robin P.
    Robin PryorJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    occupy your rights
  • Dan D.
    Dan DankertJanuary 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Come check out the "Page Bench" inside the House of Representatives!
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldNovember 14, 2011
    Ever wondered what's inside? Take a tour and learn about your local government and the splendor of this gorgeous building.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SmithsonOctober 21, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Take a tour. Great historical info and experience beauty of building.
  • Charlie S.
    Charlie SmithsonOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Most beautiful building in the state.
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithSeptember 1, 2011
    Run up the stairs like Rocky for a good training boost. Sing while doing so!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 20, 2011
    Yup that's pure gold! Come take a glance at one of the coolest looking Capitol buildings in the United States. Welcome to Des Moines, Iowa!
  • Steve T.
    Steve TalbottJune 21, 2011
    Sweet Gold Dome!
  • Jeffrey M.
    Jeffrey MartinJune 7, 2011
    Ring a replica of the Liberty Bell on the grounds just east of the Capitol Building. Read more
  • Michael S.
    Michael SadlerApril 5, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Hours of boredom, followed by minutes of sheer terror!
  • Bryce W.
    Bryce WilliamsAugust 18, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    If you're unable to take the extended dome tour, be sure to stop by the tour desk on the first floor and ask about a standard tour. It's very informative, and you still get a partial dome tour. Read more
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