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Washington State Capital Museum

211 SW 21st Avenue, Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 753-2580
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Ranked #14 of 22 attractions in Olympia
Type: Museums
Description: Small museum near the Capitol building.
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English first
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48 reviews 48 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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29 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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Seattle
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6 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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Netarts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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Washougal, Washington, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

Staff was very helpful in helping me pick up gifts for loved ones.Went out of their way to help me.Lots of selection to pick up gifts.

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Olympia, Washington
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The topic listed is the WA State Capital Museum and carriage house, which is several blocks from the Rotunda and legislative buildings in the historic South Capitol Neighborhood. It is a Spanish Colonial villa surrounded by lush lawns and evergreen trees - one of Olympia's few genuine mansions, owned originally by CJ and Elizabeth Lord. They were both prominent in... More

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vancouver
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123 reviews 123 reviews
39 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

My husband and i took a tour through the Capital this past weekend for the first time! The tour guide was great with a good sense of humor and a very interesting history lesson. The tours are every hour and last about 45 mins. you can still go in the capital building without the tour but there are rooms you... More

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University Place, Washington
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

I visited when I moved here in 2010. We have a beautiful state!

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