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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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132 reviews 132 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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
109 helpful votes 109 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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125 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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53 helpful votes 53 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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Jackson, Mississippi
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

The museum walks you through the changes from the early days of Mississippi and its culture. The documents on land ownership, slavery and voting were very good. If you want a better understanding of Mississippi's history, the muweum has it.

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New Hyde Park, New York
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

This free museum is worth a visit. There are several rooms that offer good history of MS and the Capital Building. My personal favorite were the preservation of the Senate and judicial court rooms - these offer some insight/perspective on how government operated in the past.

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Brandon, Mississippi
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

The Old Capitol Museum is a great place to visit if you are interested in the history of MS and our state capital and capitol! Very friendly staff and much of the tour can be at your own pace!

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