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Louisiana's Old State Capitol

100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
800-488-2968
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Ranked #8 of 33 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, 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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Mobile, Alabama
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110 reviews 110 reviews
67 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

What a beautiful surreal place to experience! Please do stop in this place because it will take your breath away! Best attraction in Baton Rouge!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The awesome history in this place is so neat to see. Great for a field trip for the kiddo's too. I've been quite a few times and learn something every time i go..

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Elgin, South Carolina
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100 reviews 100 reviews
41 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Wow, this place is super cool! Admission is free, but we paid extra to watch the ghost film. It was so worth it. It was such a neat movie and the effects were very cool. The museum is the perfect size and we all learned a lot here.

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Nederland, Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stopped very quickly to take some pictures. My only regret is NOT going inside and taking the tour. There is a gorgeous oak tree on the property that is at least 500 years old!!! Beautiful!!

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Pearland, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We never miss visiting a state capitol or city hall in any of our trip so this was first on our stop in Baton Rouge. A nice stop for kids to learn about history and politics. We specially love the exhibit for The Legacy of Huey Long.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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192 reviews 192 reviews
135 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We visited it on June 11th. You can get an audio guide at the front desk so you know what you see when you do the self guided tour. Take the time to enjoy the staircase and the rotunda.

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Chula Vista Ca
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45 reviews 45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

wow - loved the spiral staircase and stain glass. very good exhibits. Lots of political history. don't miss the large magnolia trees out front.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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74 reviews 74 reviews
16 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Louisiana's Old State Capitol is a phenomenal historical building to visit when anyone comes to Baton Rouge. The gothic architecture is awesome to behold. It looks like a beautiful old French fort overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge. I live here and have taken my grandchildren there several times--they were awed by the winding staircase and stained glass... More

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Madisonville, LA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Mark Twain was right about a lot of things but dead wrong on this one It's beautifully restored and home to many functions. Fabulous stained glass An architectural marvel for its time and now. On of BRs jewels

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Monroe, Louisiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

I really enjoyed touring this building. It's so beautiful and full of history and information. If you enjoy history, especially Louisiana natives, you'll want to take time to go through each room.

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