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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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Excellent Introduction to the Museum

The film presentation at the beginning of a tour is one of the best I've seen. It is well done, creative, interesting to watch and experience. While being informative, it is also... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Marshall
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78 reviews 78 reviews
33 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The film presentation at the beginning of a tour is one of the best I've seen. It is well done, creative, interesting to watch and experience. While being informative, it is also masterful in its presentation. More museums should look at this model. It is an interesting story told in an interesting way. The building is beautiful and well maintained.... More 

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Boone, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The Old State Capitol was an unexpected gem! The staff were super friendly and helpful. There were several interesting exhibits on display that drew me in immediately, including one about Huey Long and another from the point of view of a young girl living in the Old Capital. Both had me itching to learn more as soon as I left.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 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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105 attraction reviews
183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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