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Washington State Capital Museum

Address: 211 SW 21st Avenue, Olympia, WA 98501
Phone Number: (360) 753-2580
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Ranked #12 of 26 Attractions in Olympia
Type: Museums
Owner description: Small museum near the Capitol building.
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Type: Museums
Owner description: Small museum near the Capitol building.

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37 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

construction made it hard to get around and the capital was much better. sort of a statewide welcome station than a true capital museum

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Having visited the Capital a couple times with visiting friends from overseas last year. We wanted to experience a sunset and views of the South Sound from the grounds of the Capital hill. We got there an hour and a half earlier so we could wander around the campus as the Capital building in the changing light was perfect for... More 

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126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We visited the State Capitol after visiting hours but spent some time viewing the facility and walking the grounds. Impressive building with great views towards the Puget Sounds. The grounds are nice as well.

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Palm Bay, Florida
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283 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We did a self guided tour of the museum. Their were many displays -- paintings, sculptures, etc. Even artwork done by various school children in the area.

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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Located in the old Lord Mansion, the museum is a little hard to locate. Use GPS to find. Give yourself 1 hr to tour the limited content. The museum is primarily historic/modern photos of Olympia "then and now" with accompanying text. Most of the info I had already seen on the internet before arrival in town. Very few artifacts were... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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148 reviews 148 reviews
33 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

First, many people are confused about the Capital museum, wondering 1) why it's not in the domed building down the street and b) why they misspelled the name. The museum is really about the city, the Capital, not the building. Technically, Washington does not have a Capitol. The official name of the building is the Legislative Building. This creates more... More 

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Lebanon, Oregon
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We may not be the best judges of the museum because we only had about 20 minutes before the closed. The information about the history of the capital building was very interesting. We were there on the anniversary of Mt St Helen's erruption so it was interesting to see the photos and information on the event. I guess I would... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Don't miss this interesting visit. The guided tour was well done, informative without being tedious or overbearing. The museum answers some questions about Washington, and the State, and has plenty of atmosphere.

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Everett, Washington
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11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Capital Museum is housed in the former Lord Mansion, which is a beautifull building, but after seeing the displays on the history of the Capitol, there was little else to hold our attention. It's only $2 to get in, a little hard to find, we actually passed it by once. But if you're touring Olympia, you should check it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is such a beautiful building. I liked the giant bust of Washington and there was a smaller one of Martin Luther King. A bride was actually having her wedding pictures there. Its right by Heritage Park so you can get in a nice stroll or people/dog watch too.

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