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Old State House

800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
860-522-6766
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Ranked #16 of 44 Attractions in Hartford
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/train
Owner description: The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the public year-round. The restored historic chambers, and grounds are now the site... more » Owner description: The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the public year-round. The restored historic chambers, and grounds are now the site of events such as exhibits, curiosity museum, hands-on history, guided/self-guided tours and more! It is managed by the Connecticut General Assembly « less
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London
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80 reviews 80 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I enjoyed the guided tour of the place and would certainly recommend it. This is a small building which has been used in a variety of ways. It manages to still feel atmospheric and do read the available materials to put everything into perspective. There is a short film to set the scene but you do need the guided tour... More

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I had a personal tour -only because I went in the middle of the week and just happened to be no one else there but me touring. Nice touch of history. My ancestors were founders of Hartford so was quite interesting for me. Lovely and knowledgeable staff. Makes part of a nice day in Hartford. Easy walking distance for the... More

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ct
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

At 4 pm the last ticket to the State House is sold. We arrived at 3:45pm to a very nice reception. Our entrance fee was so reasonable. Veterans/Actice Duty get in free! Check.....Seniors or AAA members $3.00 Check....All others $6.00....We saw a short video on the history of the State House and opted to take the guided tour. Well worth... More

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Los Angeles, CA
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22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We stopped here kind of spontaneously as we had just finished touring the nearby Wadsworth Atheneum and had just the right amount of time to cover this place. We got in for half price using our AAA discount on what was already a fairly inexpensive place to get into. The admission included a free optional tour which we take advantage... More

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San Francisco, California
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51 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

This was the old capitol, there are the usual recreated rooms where lawmakers would meet but there is a little more. A fun thing is Phineas Taylor Barnum's seat-aka PT Barnum of circus fame who was a great antislavery advocate, you can put on his top hat, tails and hold his cane; small joy for a Barnum fan. The 1st... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We had Jennifer as our guide around the Old State House today. She was very informative and gave us a great tour of the building and its history. Well worth the time.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

There was lots to see and learn in the Old State House. I liked the lego house a lot. There were many school children in there at the same time as us but the staff did a very good job of managing the children around other guests. An employee even let us in the baseball history room that was not... More

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Spring Lake, Michigan
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96 reviews 96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Admission is gained through a ticket office on the lower level. Guided tours cost the same as unguided. We were glad that we chose the guided version and appreciated the insights that our guide, Ron, provided. The building itself has been through many changes over the years, but has been restored to its original state. Don't miss the great museum... More

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Westchester, NY
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34 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

For years, we have driven along interstate 84 and have never stopped but have always noticed the beautiful gold domed old statehouse in view from the highway. Finally this last trip through Hartford, we stopped and took a self guided tour of this wonderful old building. Definitely worth the visit.

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Boardman, Ohio
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79 reviews 79 reviews
54 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

This Old State House has served a variety of functions in Connecticut, including being the location where parts of the famous Amistad case were heard. It was very well restored, although there was not a lot of information on signs about the different rooms and the history of each. I took the self guided tour and received a laminated visitor... More

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