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Des Moines, Iowa

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Iowa State Capitol

Century-old building features 275-foot gold-leafed dome flanked by four smaller domes, grand staircase and beautiful woodwork. See legislative and old Supreme Court chambers, Governor's office, five-story law library, scale model of Battleship Iowa, collection of first-lady dolls. Tours last 60

Des Moines, IA Historic Buildings

State Historical Building

In a modern glass and granite building, discover an exciting hands-on approach to exploring Iowa's past. This showcase of the State Historical Society of Iowa includes native wildlife, American Indian and pioneer artifacts, political and military items, and a new permanent exhibit entitled "Mammoth:

Des Moines, IA Museums

Terrace Hill

This opulent 1869 Victorian mansion, a National Historic Landmark and home of Iowa's governor, was built by Iowa's first millionaire, Benjamin F. Allen. Restored to the late 1800s period, it overlooks downtown Des Moines and is situated on eight acres with a recreated Victorian formal garden.

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Salisbury House

This 42-room mansion was modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England. Built in the 1920s by the Weeks family, the home contains authentic 16th century English oak, extensive flintwork and rafters dating to Shakespeare'

Des Moines, IA Famous Homes

Heritage Carousel of Des Moines

Thirty animals and two wheelchair-accessible chariots turn to the music of a Stinson band organ on this colorful wooden carousel. Located in a city park near the Des Moines River, the carousel features handpainted scenes of Des Moines landmarks.

Des Moines, IA Carousels

Things to do near Des Moines, IA

Jefferson Telephone Company Museum

One of the few telephone museums in America, it features many early telephone and switching displays....

Salorville Lake Fishing Report

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT ACCURATE FISHING REPORTS: This is just to remind you that fishing reports are given with the best inten...

Homewood Golf Course

Course Access: PublicHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 1 days...

The Brenton Arboretum

More than 1,800 identified trees and shrubs at this 120-acre arboretum. Walking tours and trails, wetlands and prairie, wildf...

Tama County Historical Museum

Former jail, built in 1870. American Indian and pioneer artifacts and extensive genealogical library, 1800s Bohemian cabin.