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Old State House

800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
860-522-6766
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Ranked #15 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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Los Angeles, CA
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67 reviews 67 reviews
21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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88 helpful votes 88 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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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
3 helpful votes 3 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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28 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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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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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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Newington, Connecticut
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2013

Today we went here. It is a nominal fee to get in. My son participated in the scavenger hunt he won a prize. My son loved this. The museum downstairs is interactive and informative. There is a place where you can build Hartford in during different times. There are explanations of street names. There is mark twains bicycle. There is... More

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Meaghan M, Public Relations Manager at Old State House, responded to this review

We're so glad that you and your son enjoyed your visit! Thanks for spending your day with us! More

Wallingford, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

This place was pretty neat-o. If you live in Connecticut, or want to know a little bit on Connecticut's history, then this is the place for you. This place has lots of history about both the state house and Connecticut. Come visit this place today! :D

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Hollywood, Florida
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157 helpful votes 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

great history, good experience, great location right in downtown Hartford, good to see if in this area. Building is kept in good condition, if you can go when tour are avaliable.

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