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Address: 800 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103
Phone Number: 860-522-6766
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The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the...

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

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Intersting history, great architecture

We were pleasantly surprised how much there was to see. The building itself and the furniture were really nice, but the unexpected things were the museum of curiosities which had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
Des M
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Fairfield
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Fairfield
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised how much there was to see. The building itself and the furniture were really nice, but the unexpected things were the museum of curiosities which had a really interesting collection of taxidermy, and the museum with the history of Connecticut and Hartford. Really enjoyed it.

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DeWitt, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

We hadn't been thinking of taking a tour prior to our arrival, but were encouraged to take the free tour by the receptionist at the entry desk. It turned out to be great advice, because not only was the tour very good, I don't think we would have really understood the building and its contents just by walking through on... More 

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Thank Joe H
Wethersfield, Connecticut
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The Old State House is a historic museum that tells the Connecticut story and its place in history. Very interesting and I'd go more often but parking is a bear in downtown.

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Thank Velma Sue
West Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

What a beautiful building with wonderful programs! I cannot say enough about how friendly and professional the staff is. I have to say hats off and kudos to the Director of Education who does a fabulous job with all that he does. You can tell by the organization, the structure, and the delivery that his staff is well trained and... More 

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Thank Berta611
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015 via mobile

This was a very fun and interesting stop on our visit to the capital. Some cool items, like Mark Twains bike. Fun hands on stuff for kids. Beautiful state house. It's a great addition to your trip to the capital. Staff was extremely nice and helpful. Great reflection on their state!

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Thank Ringocam
Amherst, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

I have been wanting to go here but they are usually open during people's work hours. In the summer, they have Saturday tours which I went on. The place was really empty which was nice and I was the only on my tour. They have lots of things to look at about the history of CT and the guide who... More 

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San Antonio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I had a few hours to kill so I stopped in at the Old State House for a visit and then headed down the street to the Ancient Burying Ground. First, parking is relatively easy, there are plenty of options within a block. Second, the area around the Old State House is a great place to eat and shop. On... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a trip back to the 1800's with great guides that make the experience a once in a life time visit! a great history of Connecticut and the life styles of the people who lived here! Great history for the whole family!

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Rolling Meadows, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

In less than an hour, you can probably do the entire museum. Some very interesting, chronological set up of the state's history, an in depth biography of the political career of PT Barnum, and in depth information on the ship Amistad and on the constitution.

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Smack dab in downtown Hartford is one of the most historic buildings in the United States. Beautiful preserved and lovingly maintained. A must see for every American!

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