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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
  • It was nice to know the history, that this city was the capital once. It is one of the few cultural places to visit.  more »
  • Well worth a stop...once you find parking! The building is very well cared for and the House chambers, upstairs, is remarkable ! First State Library and Supreme Court are worth the wak through! If you...  more »
  • This great University building's historical significance as well as its ongoing use for many university related important events makes it a valued and much loved local destination.  more »
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  • 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.