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New York State Capitol

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Address: State St., Albany, NY
Phone Number: 518-474-2418
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: New York's Capitol building took four decades to build, from 1867 to 1899...
New York's Capitol building took four decades to build, from 1867 to 1899, and is considered a magnificent example of 19th-century architecture.
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A beautiful and historic building, worth the trip despite the wretched reputation of the lawmakers within.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A beautiful and historic building, worth the trip despite the wretched reputation of the lawmakers within.

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Staten Island, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

A free tour of the capital that lasts for just under an hour. Beautiful ornate building that continues to "wow" you. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the architectural styles and the history of the building. Great to bring your kids for a learning experience. Very enjoyable, interestibg and informative tour.

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Saint Helena Island, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This architecture takes one back to when we spent infinite time perfecting adornment and detail within and without buildings as well as structural integrity. The front steps would give Rocky a good workout also. Take the tour for in depth information and do seek out the almost hidden carved faces here and there. Most of all experience the wonder of... More 

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Albany, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The exterior view does not prepare you for the sumptuously restored interior of this 19th Century government palace. Touring its elaborate legislative chambers, intricate staircases and beautiful artwork, you really understand the ambitions that fueled New York to call itself the Empire State. It's really too bad that it is not accessible on weekends.

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is one of those buildings that makes you wish we paid as much attention to detail now as we did back then. I missed the tour but had a great map, and one of the helpful guards gave me directions that were easy to follow around the entire building. The assembly rooms weren't open, which was a little disappointing... More 

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Fairview Heights, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

When I first saw this building, I thought it was a very high-class hotel building because it is so beautiful. If you think the exterior is beautiful, wait until you see what's on the inside of this building. You must take the guided tour. You'll learn about the architecture, the people who built the capitol, the history of the carved... More 

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The building was a great surprise. The architecture was amazing and the history interesting. The free tour highlighted so many interesting facts about the building. There is also an art and a museum sections. A couple hours well spent.

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Troy, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The guided tours are great (and free!) a lot of great information and history and the building itself is beautiful. My friends and I broke off from the tour towards the end to explore on our own and had a wonderful time looking at the architecture (the grand staircases inside are amazing).

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Best kept secret. Incredible history. I suggest getting the free tour. The ask that you sign up in the gift shop.

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Albany, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Look. I work in the NYS Capitol, and let me tell you, it never gets old. It's beautiful all the time. BUT! Unless you know where you're going, the way the building is built is very coonfusing! There are free tours that will tell you the history of the million dollar staircase, the library fire, the Senate Chamber's construction, and... More 

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