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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 - Fri 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Once described by Mark Twain as the "ugliest thing on the...

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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Don't miss it, especially the film in the Ghost Theater.

Our visit to Louisiana's Old State Capitol Museum was highly recommended and definitely did not disappoint. There is a film that gives the history of the building in the Ghost... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Thomas G
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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Glen Ellyn, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our visit to Louisiana's Old State Capitol Museum was highly recommended and definitely did not disappoint. There is a film that gives the history of the building in the Ghost Theater that is a must see. The fascinating story of Huey Long was very interesting. It points out the positive and negative of the former governor and senator, including the... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful staircases with artwork and craftsmanship. Marble inlayed flooring with fossils at the bottom of the staircase. An outstanding exhibit of Huey Long is worth a look. A slide show of Louisiana history.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Old State Capitol has a one of a kind beauty that makes it worth a visit. The breathtaking architecture and stunning stained glass are only part of the story. Inside you will learn about the buildings dramatic history as the seat of state government, a civil war hospital, and as an abandoned treasure. This should be on every visitors... More 

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Magnolia, Arkansas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a great semi-guided tour here! Its a fun thing to see during a lazy day walking around Baton Rouge! Go check it out!

Thank Cary and Kelly R
Kinston, North Carolina
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely a must see in Baton Rouge! The staff was very helpful and informative plus the interactive displays tell quite a story. So glad we got to see this beautiful landmark.

Thank gwalton65
Denham Springs, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even if you're a baby boomer, go on a warm, dry spring day and roll down the hill in front of the Old State Capitol (okay, preferably with a grandchild...or maybe not). You'll feel silly and crazy and happy all rolled into one, and that's reason enough to go. Enjoy the exhibits and marvel at the gorgeous stained-glass windows. You... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have taken many visitors to see the Architecture and stained glass windows of the most unique State Capitol buildings in the USA everyone loves it.

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge is the historical building with excellent landscaping. It was used by the legislature from mid 19th century till the early twentieth when the new capitol that was constructed nearby. The surroundings have been well landscaped.

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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

An interesting couple of hours. The self guided tour was informative and concise. Enjoyable. This filled n some political history forme on the always entertaining Louisiana political scene.

Thank Heligypsy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Learned a lot of Louisiana history on this free tour. Rotunda is nice given how state of the art it was in its days. Also didn't realize the controversy of Huey long and his assassination.

Thank Margaret C

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