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Old Capitol, Iowa City
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For more than 150 years, Old Capitol has represented the pioneering spirit of Iowa and The University of Iowa. The last capitol of the Iowa territory, it served as Iowa's first state capitol from 1846 to 1857. When the state government moved to Des Moines in 1857, Old Capitol served as the University's first building and the founding place of many departments.

In 1976, Old Capitol became a National Historic Landmark and public museum. After fours years of recovery from a devastating fire in 2001 that destroyed the building's dome and cupola, Old Capitol Museum reopened in May 2006 as a vital cultural and educational resource for more than 30,000 visitors, researchers, and schoolchildren each year.

The Old Capitol Museum houses a gift shop, an educational Discovery Center where kids can learn about early Iowans with computer inter-actives, the Hanson Family Humanities Gallery, and the Keyes' Gallery for Arts, Humanities, and Sciences. The galleries house changing exhibits year round that explore a wide variety of themes. Throughout the year, the Museum also hosts a variety of lectures, films, workshops, and other educational programs related to its rotating exhibits and Iowa history.
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TripAdvisor
  • This place is always swarmed with college kids because its steps and walls are great for chilling with a laptop in nice weather. The building is beautiful but the inside is bland. If you want a beauti...  more »
  • The wood work and furniture is amazing. A view into the past as Iowa just started. Took a guest there and they found it interesting. It is about a 1 hour museum depending on how long you look at thing...  more »
  • Exceptionally well maintained interior brings you back to the years after the US civil war, when state assemblymen gathered for several days each year to argue over the future of a territory and young...  more »
Google
  • Was disappointing after doing the Capitol tour in Des Moines. It was good to see as it is part of Iowa history but it was not that impressive.
  • The house chamber still looks great.
  • I loved seeing the old capitol!
  • Very scenic area.
  • Don't get much as an international student.