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Louisiana's Old State Capitol

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Address: 100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone Number: 800-488-2968
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Once described by Mark Twain as the "ugliest thing on the Mississippi...
Once described by Mark Twain as the "ugliest thing on the Mississippi," this neogothic building, situated atop a bluff, contains a stained-glass dome, an impressive spiral staircase and a museum covering state politics.
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Gorgeous stained glass, Gothic/Victorian architecture

What a treat to have two stunning buildings in Baton Rouge, the Old and Current capitol buildings! The first, this one, has a lovely meld of Victorian and Gothic architectural... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a treat to have two stunning buildings in Baton Rouge, the Old and Current capitol buildings! The first, this one, has a lovely meld of Victorian and Gothic architectural styles. The cast iron staircase and stained glass dome/rotunda/ceiling are stunning. No security guard checks (magnetometer/bag paw-through) like at the current security-crazy capitol building, so it is a much more... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I had cold chills viewing this beautiful old capitol building because it was so perfect. The door handles, door hinges, staircase. Beyond words. Enjoyed learning about Huey Long. No one should miss seeing this museum if you are anywhere within 100 miles. It is truly one of a kind. Free, but please leave a donation in the box.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Old State Capital is a beautiful part of our state history. I truly enjoyed visiting here. The staircase alone is worth a visit.

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

a Disney presentation is the orientation for touring this fabulous building. It's history is pretty incredible, and bring your camera for many photo ops. Fabulous to see, tour on your own.....you will be surprised.

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Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Having seen the current Capitol one thinks maybe there is something in the air or water here, given the funky uniqueness of these places

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Odessa, Ukraine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The Old Capitol was worthy of visit too, even though I did not spent much time there. People differ on its architecture, but, in any case, it stands out among the attractions there. Has some exhibits on the state history (and, surely, on Huey Long)

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Statesville, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

You have got to get a picture of the stain glass ceilings. Great history about Huey Long. It is a must see in Baton Rouge. No charge to go through building and see the history.

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Monroe, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Wonderful setting, very beautiful landscape. The building was quaint and full of history. The décor was nice for an old building and history buffs will be delighted

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The inside of this building is absolutely beautiful. Don't get me wrong, it's nice on the outside, too, but the outside gives no indication of the beauty hidden inside. There's also a nice museum inside with lots of information on the building's history and an interesting display on former governor Huey Long.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The Old State Capitol is within walking distance of the new state capitol and currently serves as a Museum of Political History with some very good exhibits. Entrance is free and the beautiful staircase alone is worth a look.

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