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Old Capitol Museum

100 South State St., Jackson, MS 39205
601-359-6920
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Ranked #5 of 42 Attractions in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Old Capitol building served the state from 1832-1903 and was later converted into a State Historical Museum. Visitors can tour the grand dam of... more » Owner description: The Old Capitol building served the state from 1832-1903 and was later converted into a State Historical Museum. Visitors can tour the grand dam of Mississippi politics, plus view dioramas and exhibits that trace the city's history. The museum also includes a large collection of Jefferson Davis memorabilia. « less
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Austin, TX
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It was nice that Mississippi has preserved its original capitol and made it into a museum. The ladies at the front were pleasant and the building is clean and well air conditioned. It was interesting to see the exhibits but surprising how little discussion of slavery there was; just a few passing mentions. I know I am in the Deep... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Really enjoyed the varied displays. I really found the section about preservation of historical places in Mississippi really interesting. The museum is free. Be sure to check out the monuments on the grounds, the train depot behind it and the Merci car.

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Leasburg, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

What a fabulous piece of history! The Old Capitol has been beautifully restored and provides its visitors hours of captivating history. I would not recommend this as a place to visit with young children; those with short attention spans might easily become bored. The architecture is astonishing and the interior is immaculate. We visited on a Wednesday afternoon in September;... More

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Jackson, Mississippi
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25 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A Museum for History Buffs. You can stand on the floor of the House of Representatives, the same place where the delegates to the 1861 Convention voted to secede. It was in the same chamber that the delegates to the 1890 Convention adopted the Constitution still used by Mississippi today. Museum was thoroughly renovated and rebuilt to its original state... More

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Seattle, Washington
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51 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We didn't plan to visit here, but the current capitol is under renovation. Very glad we did visit as this building provided all the interest of a state capitol, however, since it is not in use they really did a great job of putting together interesting exhibits.

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Reno, Nevada, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Do this before heading two blocks away to the new Capitol. Charming helpers and so much local history await. Our favorite part were the pictures of every US Capitol and the antique state book collection.

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Stephenville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Visited on our way home from Florida. Architecture is beautiful. Free parking and free admission. We were given a ticket to scan at certain exhibits for more information. Just a really nice place to see and learn about mississippi history. But be prepared to walk but an elevator is available i

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I found this free museum to be very informative about Mississippi's history. It was very interesting learning about some of the political history of the state. The staff was great as well.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We visited it June 17th. There is free parking at the back. It is self guided, but first go to the front desk for a plan of the building and a card to interact at several places. They did a good job explaining the renovation and how they worked in a capitol in these days. When we were there, there... More

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Jackson, MS
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

They have a train exhibit during Christmas that is interesting for kids ... but as an adult, I enjoyed it very much as well. There are some interesting photos and documents there ... if you're going to visit, I would plan something else to do along with it. It's a pretty building, too.

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