Iowa State Capitol

Capitol Building, History Museum
1007 E Grand Ave (at E 9th)
Des Moines, IA 50319
(515) 281-5129
Monday
6:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday
6:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday
6:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday
6:00am - 5:00pm
Friday
6:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday
9:00am - 4:00pm

Tips

  • 'I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts'. Will Rogers
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There is an ATM on the ground floor for convenient access to your bribe money.
  • Most beautiful building in the state.
  • 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!
  • Hours of boredom, followed by minutes of sheer terror!
  • 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.
  • The Iowa State Capitol Building is the only five domed capitol building in the country. Check out this C-SPAN video for more info.
  • Thunder run
  • Beautiful capitol building @ Iowa State
  • Ring a replica of the Liberty Bell on the grounds just east of the Capitol Building.
  • 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.
  • A Must see tour very ornate eclectic and beautiful to see
  • Walk through and see the history exhibits and architecture.
  • It's very beautiful! There is so much detail in every part of the building. The ceilings are fantastic!
  • The grounds of the Capitol is one of the best places to get a great view of downtown. Beautiful sunsets
  • Go inside to see the dome/ceiling
  • The majesty of good government
  • If you think it's impressive by day, drive by at night when it's beautiful all lit up!

Nearby places

300 E Grand Ave (at E 4th St)
600 E Locust St (at E 6th)
1330 Grand Avenue (13th Street & Grand Avenue)