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Pennsylvania State Capitol

Third Street, ird Street d Street Street reet et, Harrisburg, PA 17101
800-868-7672
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Ranked #1 of 24 Attractions in Harrisburg
Type: Government Buildings
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... more » 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. « less
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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Visited while neither the legislature or court were in session, so we had entry into both legislative chambers and the courtroom. The architecture and art in the Capitol are awesome! A half hour free guided tour is provided that is a must to gain a full appreciation of the building. The guides provide a great explanation of the history of... More

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Acton, Massachusetts
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186 reviews 186 reviews
41 attraction reviews
945 helpful votes 945 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Possibly the nicest state capitol I've ever seen. It’s unique in its housing of all three branches of the government. Towering domes, staircases modeled after Paris opera house, marble walls imported from now closed mines run by monks in southern France, gorgeous paintings, and monstrous chandeliers weighing the equivalent of several pregnant hippopotamuses after a pizza party. It’s all here!... More

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Belfast
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We found this very interesting and a good afternoon spent wandering around, has a lovely cafe too. All the staff we met were very friendly and we would recommend this.

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Philadelphia, PA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Not only is the PA state capital historically significant but the building is an architectural beauty. Just the marble that was used in creating the building is worth a look.

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Aurora, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

President Teddy Roosevelt dedicated this state capitol in 1906 stating something like it was the most beautiful building he had ever seen. Hard to argue with TR. Elaborate and elegant with a touch of the Gilded Age, the capitol tour is worth it-- Free! We went on a Sunday and in August so it was empty. It would be more... More

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Fort Wayne
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We are not from PA but have been to the State Capitol twice and have enjoyed it. There is a lot of US history here since Pennsylvania is one of the oldest states.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Magnificent Artwork! Beautiful Architecture! More than anything in the city o' D. C.! Such an Awesome Place! Extremely Extravagant! Even more than anything I said!

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I couldn't stop looking up! Beautiful dome and statues. We took a nice quick tour through the building. We'll worth the visit!

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Rio Grande NJ
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Really amazing interior (and exterior)! Tour was just the right length and amount of info for adults - not sure how kids under 11 would do. Welcome Center is closed for renovations.

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Titusville, Pennsylvania
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Wonderful tour provided by Capitol staff. Beautiful building. Quick tour, but very informative. Tour guide was very friendly and wonderful with the group of daycare children who were also on tour that afternoon.

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