Iowa State Capitol

E. Grand Ave. and Ninth St.
Des Moines, IA 50319- Map It
(515) 281-5591

AAA Editor Notes

Iowa State Capitol is at E. Grand Ave. and Ninth St. The capitol building stands on a hill surrounded by a landscaped 160-acre park with several monuments. The main dome, flanked by four smaller domes, is covered with 23-karat gold leaf. Construction was completed in 1886. The interior features 29 types of marble as well as ornately decorated ceilings and corridors. Paintings and statues are exhibited. A display of dolls representing the first ladies of Iowa in their inaugural gowns and a scale model of the battleship Iowa can be seen. Self-guiding tour maps are available at the rotunda information desk on the ground floor. Audio and video tours by cellphone also are available. Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.
Free.
Hours: Building open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30, Sat. 9-4. Phone for guided tour schedule. Closed major holidays.