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Old Capitol Museum

Address: 100 South State St., Jackson, MS 39205
Phone Number: 601-359-6920
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Ranked #7 of 40 Attractions in Jackson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Old Capitol building served the state from 1832-1903 and was later converted into a State...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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763 reviews 763 reviews
56 attraction reviews
215 helpful votes 215 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Though I appreciate the history of this building and the fact that the museum is free of charge to tour, I have to point out that it is still not a very good museum. The exhibits are rather dull and we did not spend much time there after we realized that we were not learning very much that we did... More 

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Really love seeing inside the old Capitol Building and the exhibits it holds. Definitely a feeling that important MS and Southern history is being saved! We loved it without the kids and my daughter took a tour with her class and they all enjoyed it, too!

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Jackson, Mississippi
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

For someone whose roots are deep in Mississippi, the Old Capitol museum provides an easy way to explore the history of our state and its people. Thanks to the Department of Archives and History for preserving it for us.

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globeseeker007
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This is a historic old building and is about a century and a half old. The place survived the Civil War and fell in disrepair. It was renovated and later neglected. Throughout the years, it has had a tenuous existence but has survived to become the museum that it is today. Its last brush with disaster was during Hurricane Katrina... More 

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Houston
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139 reviews 139 reviews
82 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Beautifully restored and free of charge, it is a nice place to spend a few hours learning about the past. The rotunda is spectacular!

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Monroe, Louisiana, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

The Old Capitol was a great place! My favorite part of the Capitol was the Governor's Office. We went in, and we thought that someone was in there, but it was a statue! The Rotunda was beautiful, with great architecture. A definite stop when in Jackson!

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Austin, TX
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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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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