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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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Seattle, Washington
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127 reviews 127 reviews
51 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
8 helpful votes 8 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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135 reviews 135 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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135 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
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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32 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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Austin, Texas
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We completed this tour after seeing the "new" court house. It was nice but really more catered to children and school groups. Most of it has been rebuilt.

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119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

this is a free museum with some great history and a fantastic building, however as visitor to the state after learning about the history of the building and seeing the debating chambers, there just seemed something missing. The second chamber is dedicated to the "Mississippi " hall of fame , but meant little to someone from out of state. Some... More

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Mississippi
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

I visited the museum with my mother and brother. It is free to tour and is really nice. We learned a lot and enjoyed the self guided tour.

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Orland Park, Illinois
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61 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

I visited the Old Capitol mostly because I enjoy photographing architecture. The museum exceeded my expectations. First, the interior is very well maintained. The rotunda is stunning. The staircases are interesting. And, the chambers are beautiful. Next, photography was permitted. I was able to take photographs of everything--and even allowed to use a tripod. Finally, the parking and entrance fee... More

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