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Governor's Mansion Tour

Capitol Way, Olympia, WA
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Ranked #6 of 27 attractions in Olympia
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Rochester, New York
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

How many governors allow their home, while they are living there, but open to tourists? I doubt there are many. But here in Washington the Governor's Mansion is open and there is no cost for the tour. Based on a number of the items on display, this is really someone's home and is lived in. So it was interesting to... More

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Freeland, Washington
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19 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I enjoyed this tour. It was great to get to view the interior of the mansion, and the gardens were beautiful, too. Worth visitng!

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Madrid, Spain
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I took my family to this tour after a colleague told me about it. It’s scheduled only on Wednesdays and only through reservation, so I booked in advance. The whole thing takes about an hour and is free of cost. The guides are all volunteers but are quite knowledgeable. The tour took us through two floors and we were briefed... More

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Olympia, Washington
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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This is a great tour of the Governor's Mansion by seniors who volunteer at the mansion. To take a tour group, you need lots of advance planning and to submit all of your information in advance (I think they do background checks) - there are many rules on what you can bring. I did this tour in 2010 with a... More

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Olympia, Washington
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149 reviews 149 reviews
31 attraction reviews
585 helpful votes 585 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Perhaps, just PERHAPS, those who are 'HIRED' to do a specific job for WE the PEOPLE, should adhere to the desires, needs, wants ... of not only the 'needy' (let the private sector care for THEM), but PRIMARILY for THOSE who are CHARGED by same to PAY THE BILLS!!! The current 'elitist' residing at OUR (read that, the TAXPAYERS) expense,... More

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We just did the tour and really enjoyed it. It's a beautiful building on wonderful grounds. The exterior of the mansion is something to see and then to glimpse the history from inside is just a treat. We felt honored to be there.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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73 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

We booked a large party to tour the mansion during the holiday season. It's nice to see that this historic building has been preserved! Recommeded, especially for children so you can throw in a lesson about government.

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Olympia, WA
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74 reviews 74 reviews
21 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Having been born and raised in Olympia, it's easy to overlook local tourist attractions. I thought it would be good for the kids (ages 10, 13 and 14) and me to experience this tour. Scheduling a tour was simple. Tours are offered on Wednesdays, and you can schedule it via email: tours@des.wa.gov. All people over the age of 18 are... More

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Olympia, Washington
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

The tour was well done by some very nice volunteers of the Governor's Mansion Foundation. The tour consists of most of the mansion besides the Governor's private quarters. It includes a lot of history from former Governors as well as the current Governor. It is a great way to complete a tour of the Capitol. Tours need to be scheduled... More

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Olympia, Wa
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104 reviews 104 reviews
25 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2012

The mansion tour is only available on Wednesday and is by reservation only. The mansion itself is probably smaller than other governor mansions, however, it is very inviting. The tour is conducted by women who volunteer for the mansion historical foundation. Several guides take you through the tour as they all seem to specialize in the history of particular rooms.... More

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