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Release: Dec. 15, 2000

Maintenance, preservation work will temporarily close Old Capitol Museum

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Old Capitol Museum on the University of Iowa campus will be closed to tourists beginning Monday, Dec. 18 and will reopen Tuesday, Jan. 16 to allow maintenance and preservation work to be done.

Old Capitol Museum is normally open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. The building is closed on holidays, and there is no admission charge.

Old Capitol annually attracts some 30,000 visitors from across the state and around the world. Built in the early 1840s, it was the first permanent seat of Iowa's territorial and state governments and was used by Iowa's lawmakers and government officials until 1857 when the state government moved to Des Moines. The building was then given to the University of Iowa. Since that time, the Old Capitol has been a focal point of the university, serving as a library, chapel and armory and providing space for classrooms and offices.