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Louisiana's Old State Capitol

100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
800-488-2968
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Ranked #9 of 33 attractions in Baton Rouge
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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,... more » 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. « less
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London, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I had an unguided tour around the building and enjoyed it. There's some great architectural touches from small things like beautiful door handles and hinges, to the giant stained glass dome and window. Interesting piece on Huey Long and other historic city characters. Free to enter.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We made a side trip to Baton Rouge to come see this building on our first trip to New Orleans. You can see from the photos it looks like a castle from the outside. Inside the stained glass ceiling above the spiral staircase, and the stained glass windows are breath taking! So beautiful! You can learn about the history from... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

IT was beautiful to see the stained glass. The only disappointment was the fact the place is used for event space and the original staging of the house and senate is not shown.

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Beaumont, Texas
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41 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This is a very interesting building with good displays and information. The stair case and stained glass are beautiful. There is no charge for the museum and we did not watch the optional movie ($3 per person). The volunteers were friendly and helpful.

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14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

If you like to read, this is the place for you. A self-guided free tour, most of what you do is read ... And read ... And read! Not a good place for small children. Admittedly, the Huey P. Long story was very interesting!

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Navarre, Florida
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

The Old State Capitol stands proud above the Mississippi River and presents as an imposing building. The interior is wonderful with a beautiful cast iron curved staircase leading to the upper floors housing the Senate and House. The glass dome sheds multicoloured light over the floor and the gorgeous colours of the painted woodwork is reminiscent of the Houses Of... More

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Shreveport, LA
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71 reviews 71 reviews
40 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The history of this grand old building is wonderful. It is a treat to walk up the gorgeous spiral staircase and stand under the stained glass dome. The exhibits are extremely well done, especially the "haunted" interactive movie they show, which is well worth the $3 entrance fee. The use of projections, music and lighting is a very exciting way... More

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Great stop to learn more on history of area. The staff where super friendly and we got a good feel for the color in the south!

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Battle, United Kingdom
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162 reviews 162 reviews
53 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014 via mobile

I wasn't expecting much from this museum but really glad I visited. It presents an entirely comprehensible history of Baton Rouge and Louisiana and it's notable characters and politicians. Including a very informative and balanced view of an jet Long, whom I had never heard of before this. The building is well preserved and full of interesting and varied exhibits.... More

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Ponchatoula, Louisiana
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

The exterior of the building is neogothic and quite interesting, Walking in, and seeing the winding iron staircase with the stained glass domed ceiling with sunlight streaming through is quite beautiful. The exhibits are very informative and some are interactive which was fun. The guides are very friendly and well informed. Ms Haase approached us and spent some time giving... More

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