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The State Capitol Building

5th avenue, Juneau, AK
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Ranked #19 of 25 attractions in Juneau
Type: Government Buildings
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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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104 reviews 104 reviews
46 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

We are history buffs and have toured quite a number of State Capitols, so we had to do Juneau. As expected, there is no dome and it doesn't compare in majesty to many others. We really enjoyed the tour and the guides' pride in Alaska's statehood. It was the territorial office building before statehood. From the ship it was all... More

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Saginaw, Michigan
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14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Coming from Michigan where we cannot do this, it surprised me that we were able to wander all over the capitol building on our own! We enjoyed the old pictures and reading about the history of the building but did it in about 20 minutes. Most interesting was how the governor's office was accessible and open AND there were no... More

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Arlington, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

A nicely done, simple tour given by a local. The legislature isn't in session much - so you're mostly getting a history lesson and a view of the building. As such, nicely done. Note: In Summer 2014 the building was under extensive renovation so there were areas we couldn't go, but we got to see the important things.

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The AK Capitol building used to be a Federal office building, so it's not visually stunning and the architecture is basic and nondescript. It is nice to visit just to see the legislative offices but if you aren't an Alaska, I don't think you would care. It would just feel like you are visiting any other office complex.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It is very small and very plain compared to other State Capitol buildings. The tour was very good and it is only a short walk from the cruise ships.

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Buffalo, New York
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31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Those who have been to a variety of states capitals know that the state capitol building usually is large and has some sort of dome. Not so in Alaska. In 1931, the United States government constructed the Territorial and Federal Building to handle business before Alaska became a state. When Alaska achieved statehood status in 1959, the building was turned... More

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Boise, Idaho
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133 reviews 133 reviews
38 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The kid giving the tour was really nice, but you don't get to see a whole lot on this tour, I think it took about 20 minutes, plus the Alaska capitol is frankly kind of boring compared to other state capitols I've been too. If you have a half hour to kill out of the rain, go for it, but... More

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Big Flats, New York
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We veered off the tourist path and walked to the state capital. They said it was open for you to see it and they mean it! Everyone there was happy to see us and wanted to guide/direct us to whatever we wanted to see. You can wander around yourself or take a guided tour with a pamphlet they provide. We... More

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217 reviews 217 reviews
68 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Nothing over the top - turned an old school into legislative offices. Nice to see some fiscal responsibility for a change! The San Fran city hall is way more overdone and much larger.

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Columbus Ohio
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108 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

I don't expect an old building coming from the 49th state, but I was disappointed in seeing a normal modern building. Their was no character in the design. If your into architecture an design of buildings this is not worth going to see.

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