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Old Capitol Museum

21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
+1 319-335-1508
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A touch of the past

A wonderful step into the past history of Iowa City...Found that Iowa City minted and accepted... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
retiredchuck
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York, Pennsylvania
Nice look at Iowa's History

Stopped in after a football game. Very nice museum with a ton of history. It was very interesting... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
DKPuck
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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This was the seat of government when Iowa City was the state capital.
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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21 Old Capitol, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
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+1 319-335-1508
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A wonderful step into the past history of Iowa City...Found that Iowa City minted and accepted their own currency...until the Feds shut it down.

1  Thank retiredchuck
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Stopped in after a football game. Very nice museum with a ton of history. It was very interesting reading up on Iowa history as it relates to the Old Capitol building.

Thank DKPuck
Reviewed 16 August 2017

I took 4 kids with me to visit the Old Capital (6,8,10 & 12 years old). The experience might be more meaningful for an older audience - I was very impressed - but the kids, not so much. I was very proud of our state...More

Thank Genie533
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Great picture of early Iowa history with the recreation of the legislative chambers. Small but nice selection in giftshop. Great place to get out of the heat while touring the camus on a hot Iowa August Day.

Thank Kevin N
Reviewed 12 August 2017

My better half had not visited the old capitol since he was in grade school so we were happy to go back. The historic exhibits showing the original offices, chambers, etc. were interesting...a bit more information about the actual room lay out (such as a...More

Thank LSQRD1
Reviewed 12 August 2017

This was our first visit to the University of Iowa and we were surprised to see the Old State Capitol situated in what seemed the center of campus. There’s no admission charge and a small gift shop. The student docent gave us a basic orientation...More

Thank Mack3065
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Interesting building with a good space museum in the basement. I learned about UI involvement in the space program.

Thank MinnSam
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The museum offers a nice combination of natural history, architectural and historical details in one place. Visit alone, with colleagues , friends or family - you will not regret it. The best hours to visit are mid-day in the summer (to escape the heat). Who's...More

1  Thank Irina I
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Taking us a step back into history, we enjoyed seeing the first capitol of Iowa. We enjoyed hearing how it was used until being restored to it's original purpose. It was educational and refreshed us in how our early legislature was run. Cost was by...More

Thank Carol G
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Walked through entire museum. A time capsule from the 19th century. The legislative chambers with old furniture was a sight. A good hour or two can be spent here

Thank George P
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Barbrae G
15 May 2015|
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Response from Allison B |
While there is no required admission fee there is a box for suggested donations that go towards maintaining the museum. Their hours are always listed on their website; currently they are open Tuesday-Sunday. Thursday they... More
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