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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 #6 of 52 things to do 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
Hours:
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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Kennewick
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

The old capitol building has so much history! The tour is self guided and the displays are informative. Free but a donation is requested. Worth a visit.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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71 reviews 71 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

I am from Alabama, and I learned a lot on my visit to this museum. I stopped here and never even made it to the current Capitol. I'll see it next time. This place is worth seeing.

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Pelahatchie, Mississippi
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This was the Capitol used until 1903. It is now a great museum and is very informative. Beautiful place.

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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57 attraction reviews
233 helpful votes 233 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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1,056 helpful votes 1,056 helpful votes
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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138 reviews 138 reviews
82 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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