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  • 1 Des Moines Art Center Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    4700 Grand Ave.

    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

    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.

    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

    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.

    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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