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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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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Lots of history

I went on the self guided tour. I got completely lost a few times but it made it all that much more fun. The architectural detail is amazing! The skylights, stained glass, stone... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Samantha H
Newton Falls, New York
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Newton Falls, New York
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I went on the self guided tour. I got completely lost a few times but it made it all that much more fun. The architectural detail is amazing! The skylights, stained glass, stone work, ceiling murals, floor tiles , and everything else was just gorgeous! Lots of historical info and artwork. I suggest wearing comfortable shoes because you will be... More 

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Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Albany seems like a great city to visit. We had a great time, met some "different" people, and had some great food too! We would go back any time (preferably when it's warm out) to visit this city again

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a very good place to take a walk and enjoy the fresh air there. Great place to take people that are visiting the city for the first time.

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Rensselaer NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The free ghost tours are fun and interesting. The group was small and the guide was very knowledgable about history in general. He had some great ghost stories and being there at night when there is not much going on was cool. We had a great time and best of all it is free! I would recommend this to someone... More 

Thank KristaJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Again, this is a location that really shines after recent, extensive renovations. Many beautiful architectural details, and you won't see them all on your own. The tour was fun, just the right length, and very interesting - and of course the building was worth seeing (or the tour couldn't deliver as well as it does).

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Albany offers free haunted tours of the Capitol building, this is a great way to see the inside of the Capitol building and learn some of the more interesting history behind the million dollar stair case. Did you know the carvings in the staircase include many faces of the artists' family and there is a large room in the building... More 

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

Every child living in NYS must come and visit NYS' Iconic Capitol! It is breathtaking! The staircase is one of a kind. The Senate Chamber is beautiful. I would say our Capitol, altough much smaller, is as grand as the US Capitol and has a rich a history. The exit glass enclosed turnstiles are a fun feature-Very Star Trek!

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Davis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't have time to take a formal tour of the building, so we wandered around by ourselves. Completed in 1899 and renovated in 2012, the building has many magnificent features. The Great Western (or million dollar) Staicase allows you to appreciate many of the architectural marvels. The house and senate chambers are magnificent. Well worth a visit.

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Slingerlands, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I like history and architecture so a visit to the NYS Capital building is worthwhile to me. It was restored in recent years. You can take a tour or just go in and walk around. You pretty much can go the same place with or without the guide with the exception perhaps being the Senate or Assembly chambers if they... More 

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Grand Island, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the better state capitol tours I have been on. However, I am lucky to have had the opportunity to take a tour. I was told I needed a reservation to take a tour. A nice lady leading a group of students from Spain let me tag along on their tour like I was part of their... More 

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