Old Capitol Museum Iowa City

Iowa City, IA

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Address: 21 N Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA Number: 319-335-0548 Website Contact How do we get there?

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Ready for your history lesson to begin before you even reach the Old Capitol Museum in Iowa City?

Well, did you know that this current National Historic Landmark, located in the heart of Iowa City, actually served as the first state capitol back tin 1846 to 1857?

It was also the University of Iowa's founding building - which is pretty amazing!

Then, in 1976, the Old Capitol became a museum, and was actually restored to an 1840s - 50s time period, really embracing and celebrating the rich history, and today is dedicated to enlivening Iowa history for all!

So much history learnt already, and we haven't even stepped into the museum yet - so just imagine what you will uncover when you visit!

Exploring the galleries and exhibits of the Old Capitol Museum will really take you back on a historic journey through time. These changing experiences give you a deeper insight into the people and events that shaped Iowa City history.

You might learn about particular organizations and buildings, such as the Law School, that educated the state's first ever generation of lawyers.

It might be that you learn about the early history of food and food production, and how Iowans grew, prepared and enjoyed meals during the state's early years.

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They don't have their own parking lot. They recommend parking in the university's Iowa Memorial Union parking ramp or the city of Iowa City's Capitol Street garage.

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Check the event calendar online! They have great experiences such as Sketch Night, so you might not want to miss out!

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Grab something in the city to eat before or after your visit, there are plenty of places to choose from!

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Mapping and GPS: In many cases, Old Capitol or Old Capitol Museum will work. If you need a street address, use 1 North Clinton Street, Iowa City. Keep in mind that there is no parking immediately adjacent to the building.

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Docent-led tours are available, but must be scheduled in advance. For detailed information on tours and field trips for schools and other large groups, please contact their tour coordinator at (319)335-1508 or check the education pages.

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The accessible entrance is located on the south side of the building. Please ring the bell and a staff member will assist you. There is an elevator that serves all floors of the museum.

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When can we go?

10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday, 1pm - 5pm Sunday

Closed Mondays & National Holidays

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