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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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We stopped here when we had 3 hours to kill in BR until we could check in at our hotel. This was our second stop and easily our favorite. It's a wonderful museum that details... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 28, 2015
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Arlington, Texas, United States
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Arlington, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

We stopped here when we had 3 hours to kill in BR until we could check in at our hotel. This was our second stop and easily our favorite. It's a wonderful museum that details Louisiana's rich history from Iberville and Bienville to the present. The Huey Long exhibit is very extensive and shows just how influential he is to... More 

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Franklin, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

This Gothic Castle, which is located near the water, is 150+ years old but in remarkable shape and design. It has a beautiful stained glass rotunda and spiral staircase. And don't be afraid for it houses the ghost of Sarah Morgan.

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Apopka
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

If Disney had to create a State Capitol building this would be it. As soon as you walk in you are greeted by a beautiful spiral staircase capped with a stained-glass dome that takes your breath away. Blair, at the front desk, had us sign the guest book and gave us a quick layout of the exhibits. He was so... More 

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Platte City, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is one of my favorite things in Baton Rouge. It is extremely beautiful from the time you walk in and see the atrium and staircase. It definitely feels like you should respect the building and are in a castle in Europe. It was very relaxing to just walk around in.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 299 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

When I saw Louisiana's Old State Capitol from our tour bus window I knew I had to come back and see it up close and personal.This isn't the most impressive capitol building I have ever seen, but it is definitely the prettiest. Fortunately, it was an easy walk from the riverfront where the American Queen was docked next to the... More 

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Springfield, IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

The stained glass in the dome is magnificent. Just seeing that was worth it for a stained glass lover. The building itself is well done as well. There is a very good introductory video giving the history of the building in entertaining fashion. It's great to see it restored to its former grandeur. There are exhibits on Louisiana politics, always... More 

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Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Beautiful building. Upon moving to Baton Rouge, I did not realize the history of the city. This visit helped introduce me to the amazing adventures that took place in Baton Rouge, LA. The initial video was quite interesting and the building itself was simply amazing to see. I love old buildings and the stories that go with them!!!

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Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Very glad I visited the Old State Capital. Beautiful building that's been well restored. Lots of history and beauty in the old building. What a gem!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

This was the original state capital building before Huey Long built tha tall one down the road. The building is like a castle and the spiral staircase and the stained glass windows are impressive. It is now a museum of Louisiana history. One of the neat fun things is that they have a podium where you can read a prompter... More 

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It is well worth a visit and built well before the Planetarium it had a commanding view of the Mississippi

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Address: Address: 100 North Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone Number: 800-488-2968
Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Baton Rouge
Open Hours:
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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