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New York State Capitol

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Address: State St., Albany, NY 12207
Phone Number: 15184742418
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New...

The New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880's. Over 125 years old, the building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur. Built by hand of solid masonry, it took 5 architects and 32 years to complete. Over the years meticulous restoration has been done to maintain and protect the Capitol for future generations of New Yorkers.

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State Capital

What a beautiful building!! We were walking to the restaurant before going to The Times Union Square to see Jeff Dunham and walked by this landmark.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Coudersport, Pennsylvania
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Coudersport, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a beautiful building!! We were walking to the restaurant before going to The Times Union Square to see Jeff Dunham and walked by this landmark.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was my first time back to the capital building in 15-20 years. It is so much cleaner then it used to be. It seems as if they spent a lot of time and money cleaning / retiring it as well as putting up signage explaining some of the architecture / items on display.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This building is breathtaking and depending on when you visit, a fun way to see state government in action. I've been on several tours and the guides are excellent and very knowledgeable. If you are planning a trip in advance, I'd recommend viewing the WMHT documentary on the NYS Capitol Fire of 1911. I've taken my children several times also,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I saw they were having a haunted tour and jumped on it. Even though they said there was a cut off, the guide welcomed walk ups. I have been on others tours years ago and never tire of it. The bldg and history is amazing. There are some interesting g sightings of ghosts. I would recommend anyone who enjoys history... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Of all of the capitol buildings in the United States, New York's may be the most unique. Self-guided tours of the entire building and guided tours are available. The Senate and Assembly chambers can be seen. A must if you are interested in architecture.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Any time we have guests upstate. And the tour is worth the time of this beautiful building. The state did itself proud building a monument for governing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Firstly, since it's paid for by tax dollars this building belongs to the people and therefore free to visit. Secondly, this is a masterpiece in stone buildings. The entire structure of building is 100% made from Scotland, Italy, etc. This building started off with one architect, a four million dollar budget. and to be completed within four years. After it... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

So different from other capitol buildings we've seen. Helpful staff that provided a map and advice. Stunning interior, especially the million dollar staircase, and stone-carved faces of famous New Yorkers. We saw the senate rooms and the flag room. It was a peaceful, unrushed hour of exploring. My teens enjoyed it, especially with a Dunkin Donuts inside for refreshments. Guided... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This beautifully restored building is filled with architectural & historical features at every turn. The free tour takes you to al over and is filled with interesting details. Kids & adults alike will enjoy their visit here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

The New York State Capitol if full of history ... about the many Governors who ran State government ... to the fires that occurred ... and even about the rumored ghosts!

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