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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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Some Interesting Early Louisiana History

This features a self guided tour of the early history of the State Capitol of Louisiana. You can get a sense for some of the early politics of the state and the compromises... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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English first
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This features a self guided tour of the early history of the State Capitol of Louisiana. You can get a sense for some of the early politics of the state and the compromises arrived at in building this building. There is also some insights into the affects of the Civil War and the reconstruction following the war.

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Baton Rouge, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

My 7 yr old girl thought it was Cinderella's Castle! It looks great from the street level. A little out of place in a downtown area, you'd expect it in France or something. The building interior is beautifully restored with a stained glass unit over a large spiral staircase in the middle, a great place to pose for a pic.... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Beautiful building with a great staff; beautiful art and great history. Enjoyed the galleries and tour. Sarah Morgan experience is worth it.

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Alexandria, LA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Very cool building with expansive spiral staircase, giant stained glass ceiling, huge art collection and beautiful photography opportunities.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It's worth the trip to see the huge spiral staircase and domed stain glass ceiling. The building can be rented for weddings and business meetings. The whole property is surrounded by a cast iron fence.

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Louisiana's Old State Capital is worth going through. The museum gives great insight to the Governors of Louisiana and offers a lot of information about the city history. The building is gorgeous, very well maintained and the opportunities for great photos are everywhere. Loved the tour and all the information about past governors.

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Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is a beautiful old State Capitol. There is so much Louisiana History here and the photo ops are fantastic.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I learned a lot about LA history on this tour and found it deeply interesting. I didn't know about the governors or the city history and they provided a great amount of detail. It is a must see.

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Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Worth seeing. There is a lot to learn at this museum. Very interesting and has a few interactive displays.

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Orange Park, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The building is beautiful and there is a lot of information. Even if you aren't too interested in the history, the architecture is great. My teenage son who was against going because he thought it was going to be boring really enjoyed himself and even learned something.

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