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Michigan State Capitol

Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906
517-373-2353
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Ranked #2 of 41 Attractions in Lansing
Type: Government Buildings, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992, this building has served as Michigan's seat of...
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Type: Government Buildings, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992, this building has served as Michigan's seat of state government since its completion in 1879.

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Coldwater, Michigan
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Traffic with the locals can be a little tricky with rude college drivers or business moguls being pushy pants otherwise alright as long as you have your gps on you. google maps is a must in this city.

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Northern Michigan
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I'm not sure if docent-lead tours are available to everyone or just to groups, but our tour was fantastic! Our great guide held the attention of 16 6th - 8th graders while sharing the architecture and history of the building and Michigan.The kids and the adults really enjoyed the hour long tour.

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Ionia, Michigan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
23 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Underutilized jewel of the city... What an honor to live in the Capitol City of a state. It never disappoints - every time I visit, I learn/see something different. To date, my best memory has been seeing Anita Baker perform live there!!! I Love Her!!!

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Marquette, Michigan
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I like seeing Capitol buildings they convey the true meaning of democracy to me. This building, as all do, displays great architecture and makes you appreciate our government.

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Sacramento
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Be sure to take the guided tour. The guide will ask you - elevators or stairs? Michigan State Spartan is the head guide. Surprisingly ornate.

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DeWitt, Michigan
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97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Hanging out with my granddaughter for the afternoon, asking her how she wanted to spend the afternoon and she replied, "I want to see the Capitol," I have been several times over the years but never on the guided tour. We took the free guided tour, and she loved it, and even I learned many things about our state capitol... More 

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Saginaw, MI
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60 reviews 60 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We did the guided tour and really enjoyed it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the building, it's history and Michigan's government. I would highly recommend going!

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Florence, Kentucky
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

The Michigan State Capital is large, ornate, and functional. It is one of the larger capital buildings I have visited. The woodwork, old chandeliers and ceilings are beautiful. If you have time, go with the guide. You will hear a lot more about each room, hall, or stairway you see. The tour guide had interesting stories for children and adults... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Michigan state capitol is a nice trip, particularly if you like history, politics, or beautiful buildings.

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Tillamook, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The tour was informative and educational. So many capitol buildings to visit, so little time. The rotunda sound effects was one of the favorites in our group.

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