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Louisiana's Old State Capitol

Address: 100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone Number: 800-488-2968
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Ranked #7 of 27 Attractions in Baton Rouge
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Once described by Mark Twain as the "ugliest thing on the Mississippi," this neogothic building...
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Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

We didn't get to go inside - just walked around the outside but the building and grounds are well kept

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Then put this on your list. Absolutely full of facts from our past, and how we became the nation we are. Free, and only takes one hour. Parking may be a problem, but there are a few free spaces, and the meters are a quarter for 30 min

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Halesowen, United Kingdom
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12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

On my solo trip to baton rouge this was another very surprising visit that i loved. Beautiful building, so much history to see even if not interested in history the atmosphere and build itself are very impressive, another free entrance it really gets my thumbs up!!

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Kirkland, Illinois
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150 attraction reviews
170 helpful votes 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were town visiting with friends who live in West Baton Rouge. We stopped here en route to their house to get some photos. I just took some photos from the street. It was decorated really pretty for Christmas.

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Harrogate, Tennessee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were very disappointed to see that this was closed. They really should have placed some sort of notice on their website to let folks know. From the exterior appearance (castle-like) it would seem that it would be a very interesting place to visit. It is now a museum.

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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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225 reviews 225 reviews
93 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

On my trans-American charity cycle ride from Miami, FL to San Francisco, CA through the southern states, it is always nice to find somewhere to unwind and look around at the end of a long day in the saddle! I love historic buildings so Louisiana's Old State Capitol - a Gothic architectural treasure sat on the Mississippi River - did... More 

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

My daughter and I had a wonderful time in this museum. There was so much interesting history to look at and the First Ladies' gowns (including Hilary Clinton's) can't be missed! Also, other famous personal belongings of the former first couple can be found here. Lots of fun for a history buff like me. Plus, its free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Standout architecture on the Mississippi River. Wonderful tour. Building within walking distance of many other interesting sites and restaurants in Baton Rouge. Mark Twain called it the "sham castle on the Mississippi' but I disagree. Lovely. Check out the stained glass ceilings.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A major part of the Civil War history. unique architect for the south. The original capital was burned during the war. Just a nice, unique place to visit. Located near the river. Great area to visit with great River views, resturants and gambling near by.

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Flushing, Michigan
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115 reviews 115 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Great piece of Louisiana history. Fine museum with special sections dedicated to Huey Long. The media presentation is not to be missed!

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