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Address: Third Street, ird Street d Street Street reet et, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone Number: 800-868-7672
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: Teddy Roosevelt declared that this Italian Renaissance-style building was...
Teddy Roosevelt declared that this Italian Renaissance-style building was “the handsomest building I ever saw”. Indeed, the State Capitol, with its vaulted dome and grand staircase and the murals and painted floors inside, is thing to behold.
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Nice place to go for local history

History is great. Parking isn't. Go early in the week for best parking options nearby. Probably less crowded then, as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

History is great. Parking isn't. Go early in the week for best parking options nearby. Probably less crowded then, as well.

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I took my 10 yr old here with a friend the free tour was so interesting. So much history in the building, old paintings, and great trivia about PA

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Went with my sons 4thGrade field trip...Beautiful building, enjoyed the tour!!!Kids enjoyed it too. Incredible history behind it...the chandeliers, gold trimming...ceilings

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I visit the Capitol often, most recently last week. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of a guided tour of the Governor's office and associated rooms, which was a special treat. I have spent much time in the Supreme Court's beautiful courtroom, which must be visited. I attended an event in the House wing that included a walk... More 

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Lock Haven, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 NEW

All the staff (security guards, etc.) were so helpful! I felt funny walking around a government building, but they were so welcoming. And it's an amazing building! I will return and get an official tour.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Great building apt for a capital town. I wished we had enough time to check the inside but the exterior alone is impressive to look at.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

As a Capitols lover (I've seen more than 30 in USA), I can say that the Pennsylvania State Capitol is one of the more impressive I've seen. The architecture, the ornements, the paintings, the 2 chambers, all is rich and imposing respect. I appreciated a lot the guided tour. I agree that the parking should be more visitors friendly... but... More 

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My wife and I loved the building, and every employee was very helpful and courteous. First, parking is ridiculous. After driving around the one way streets, finding no parking access, we were directed to a parking garage a block away. Street metered parking is only up to 2 hours: don't expect to see visitor parking signs. Our mistake was coming... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Disappointed, we are 71 and 76 and were treated like criminals when we finally found correct entrance. My husband was in military for 42 years and was insulted. When going to Washington DC we didn't have this much trouble.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Lives up to its billing as certainly one of the most beautiful state capitols - though we are pretty proud of ours in Annapolis as it has been in use forever. Could never duplicate this building today - not just the craftsmanship and sheer man (and woman - lady muralist) hours, but the materials would be simply unaffordable. It's nice... More 

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