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Pennsylvania State Capitol

Address: Third Street, ird Street d Street Street reet et, Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone Number: 800-868-7672
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Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Harrisburg
Type: Government buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Teddy Roosevelt declared that this Italian Renaissance-style building was “the handsomest building...
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Type: Government buildings, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: 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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Perryville, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We missed a guided tour, but thoroughly enjoyed a walk-through on our own. A guidebook at the front desk gives information on the structure and its history. A must-see if you are in Harrisburg. Worth a visit every time you are in town, as there will always be something new to see and gain from the experience.

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Park City, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

You can see the central lobby area, but without a tour reservation you'll not see much and you'll get a formulaic grilling from the officer watching the door. Man, do I feel safe.

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Uniontown, Pennsylvania
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99 reviews 99 reviews
23 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Attended the Governors Inauguration, it was a ton of fun and the capitol is breathtaking. You definitely need to take a tour and suck up the rich Pennsylvania heritage!

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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115 reviews 115 reviews
16 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Lovely at night with the dome lit and when we were there still some Christmas lights in addition, but be warned: the downtown area is DEAD after dark and it was scary. There were three of us so we braved it to see and walk, but I'd not gone out were it just me as it was very sketchy!

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State College, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Love visiting this place for the architecture and history. Great tour when the weather is bad and a quick walk from the parking garage.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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145 reviews 145 reviews
57 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

During a recent trip to Harrisburg, unbeknownst to us was the stunning Pennsylvania State Capitol. Were were only in town for one night, but had a full day to explore the city. We were told we could take a self-guided tour of the Capitol and decided to give it a try. We're SO glad we did. We were given a... More 

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Warrensville, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We are Pennsylvania residents and have been lucky enough to be in and tour all other 49 state Capitols. This last Tuesday we took the rest of our local family and drove 2 hrs to Harrisburg to tour our own State Capitol Bldg. We truly did save the best one for last. The marble, gold leaf, the woodwork and paintings... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We were in Harrisburg for a family thing and on a whim we decided to walk up to the Penn State Capital, and I have to tell you, I am glad we did. It is really a beautiful building. The main rotunda is modeled after St Peters in the Vatican and the staircase is modeled after the grand staircase in... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We really enjoyed seeing this building and taking the tour. It is really pretty and loved the huge Christmas tree! Lots of old stained glass and gold leaf along with beautiful wood.

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New Kensington, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

Great for cival war buffs and anyone with history interest. Wasn't interactive enough for the kids. The wife and I enjoyed it greatly! Not far from Gettysburg, every American should include this museum in thier trip to the battlefield.

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