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  • 1 Des Moines Art Center Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4700 Grand Ave. USA - Des Moines, IA 50312

    The Des Moines Art Center combines galleries by three great 20C architects. Eliel Saarinen's original museum building (1949) hugs a hilltop perch and encircles a reflecting pool. Its galleries house the center's collection of late-19C and early-20C a..

  • 2 State Capitol Building Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1007 E Grand Avenue USA - Des Moines, IA 50319

    Completed in 1886-the second capitol on this site-the Beaux-Arts Iowa State Capitol sparkles on its perch overlooking downtown. While its most recognizable feature is its glittering, 23-carat-gold-covered dome (modeled after Les Invalides in Paris), ..

  • 3 State of Iowa Historical Building Interesting

    Museums and art

    600 E. Locust St. USA - Des Moines, IA 50319

    One block away from the State Capitol, the red granite and glass ziggurat contains eye-catching exhibits about various periods of Iowa history. On the west side of the building, three levels of exhibits—which don't shy away from thorny topics such as..

  • 4 Terrace Hill Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    2300 Grand Ave USA - Des Moines, IA 50312

    Dubbed "Palace of the Prairie" upon its completion in 1869, 21-room Terrace Hill is considered one of the best-preserved examples of the Second Empire style in the US. Its original owner, Iowa millionaire Benjamin F. Allen, commissioned Chi..

  • 5 Salisbury House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    4025 Tonawanda Dr. USA - Des Moines, IA 50312

    Nestled on 11 wooded acres stands what may seem an anachronism: a Medieval manor in a state that wasn't settled until the Victorian era. But cosmetics tycoon Carl Weeks was bent on re-creating the King's House, a royal-family retreat in Salisbury, En..

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