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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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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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Beautiful Building, Nice Museum

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
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Cleveland, Ohio
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Cleveland, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Ennis
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Old State Capitol is one of Baton Rouge's historic gems. When visiting Baton Rouge this building is a must. A wonderful short video presentation acquaints the visitor with the history of the museum. The gift shop is also excellent.

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Houston, Texas
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75 reviews 75 reviews
23 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

To step into the legislative chamber of the state capital you can sense the breath of Louisiana history. It's a civic lesson. Governor Huey P. Long was gunned down there. And perhaps it's his wandering ghost some people can sense there at night. For real. There's so much history right outside the state capital and certainly inside that it's too... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

The Old State Capitol build is a beautiful structure restored to the 1850's design. The presentation of the political life of Gov. Huey Long is one of the best, showing in detail the good and bad of this famous governor.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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16 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We got in town late in the afternoon and walked around downtown. I think the building had officially closed for the day but a door was open so we walked around a few minutes. I don't think there is an admission charge and it is worth dropping into for a few minutes to look around but I don't know if... More 

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Watervliet
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78 reviews 78 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Not as impressive as the present capitol building but very nice. The outside of the building is attractive and the interior is beautiful with that awesome staircase. A lot of history here and well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

This structure is absolutely beautiful! The outer part is mystical and detailed. The inside is breathtaking (look up!) Loved the staircase. So much history. There is also a small gift shop. People are very friendly.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

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

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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