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Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 512-463-0063
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
Description: If it's in Texas, it must be bigger and better. That is the motto that...
If it's in Texas, it must be bigger and better. That is the motto that architects followed with the Capitol Building in Austin. At one time, it was the tallest capitol building in the nation. Others might be taller now, but this is still a beautiful building that shows off many of the natural resources which are so prevalent in Texas, such as limestone and the landscapes.
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The capitol is so well cared for - you are allowed to browse the floors and halls on your own. It is spotless and very interesting to see.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
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Owasso, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

Cool to walk around, but i would recommend taking a tour if you're wanting to learn about the state history

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Aurora, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

The capitol is so well cared for - you are allowed to browse the floors and halls on your own. It is spotless and very interesting to see.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

I loved visiting the state Capitol. It was quite interesting to see our state government in session, working to better the Great state of Texas. I would advise not to skip sitting in on a session and listening. I also enjoyed the architectural workmanship of this building. I went up each level almost to the complete top. I later discovered... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

Truly a beautiful piece of history. Be sure to view both the Senate and the House chambers, even if the Legislature isn't meeting. The Capitol Restoration Project was an enormous undertaking so find your way to the Capitol Extension to see how seamlessly the expansion was done. If you can figure out a way to ask a legislator to arrange... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

I'm not an history freak so I wasn't attracted to the historical value of the place. But the surrounding park is quite amusing and relaxing. Building itself is cool to walk around. There are guides who teach us each and every historical facts. Also you can observe a states parliament session from the gallery. The most interesting artifact of the... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A beautiful building and very open to tourists. You can just wander around hallways and look at anything you want. We took the free tour with a very knowledgeable and accomodating guide. Well worth the 30 minutes to learn about Texas history for a non-Texan. The highlight of the visit was the opportunity to sit in the gallery of the... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

It was such a nice day and we went when it wasn't very crowded. I think that made it much more enjoyable. The line for the building tour was still pretty long though so we passed on that. Otherwise the buildings were lovely and the sculptures were beautiful too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Lots to see and learn. Your guide can be excellent or not so much but it's definitely worth a visit. The cupola is breathtaking and there are some great paintings too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This is one of the best and nicest buildings that i have ever visited. I was amazed to see how open the building is to the public even when the state senate and house of representatives were in session. We could go anywhere even the public galleries without an appointment. It is democracy at its best. The building is full... More 

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Brentwood, TN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I liked that this building is open to visitors. It's a beautiful building with wonderful architectural details and decor. The floors and ceilings are lovely and even the hinges on the doors say "Texas Capitol" on their inside. Marble floors with decorative designs abound and the dome is breathtaking. There are pictures of all of the state's governors along corridors.... More 

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