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Illinois State Capitol

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Address: 301 S. Second Street, Tours and Information - Room 107, Springfield, IL 62756
Phone Number: 217-782-2099
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Mon 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Description: Historic Greek Revival building that serves as Illinois' State Capitol and...
Historic Greek Revival building that serves as Illinois' State Capitol and was the site of many cases tried by Abraham Lincoln.
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Would definitely recommend a visit if you're in the area.

This was a surprisingly interesting tour of this historic building. We went early in the morning and had our own private tour guide - it helped it was out of season. We were... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This was a surprisingly interesting tour of this historic building. We went early in the morning and had our own private tour guide - it helped it was out of season. We were shown all around the building and were given access to the Senate & House rooms. Would definitely recommend if you're in the area.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It's nice to see the Old State Capitol after visiting the Lincoln home. It provides a great backdrop to understand Lincoln from his earlier years.

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Frederick, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This was our first time seeing the Capitol building.We felt like we were on a private tour.The people giving the tour were gracious and knowledgeable about a variety of topics.My husband is a history buff and he had all of his questions answered completely. I loved seeing all of the decorations on the walls.We really loved this tour. I am... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We were happy the Capitol was open on Sunday. There was a tour guide which took us up to the floors & showed us the Senate & House rooms. She was very knowledgeable & friendly. Would recommend taking the tour & learning about our Illinois history.

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O'Fallon, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

A very beautiful and ornate capitol building. It is full of history, statues, marble, paintings, portraits, sculptures, and scandals. Take a guided tour and find out interesting facts such as which governors are in prison and why one has a portrait and the other doesn't. Be sure to sit in the gallery of the senate or house when they are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Absolutely gorgeous and intricate, inside and out. I've now photographed 49 state capitals (haven't been to Hawaii) and I believe this is the most beautiful. Don't just see the outside, be certain to go inside and see every room they'll let you in.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The Illinois State Capitol is a must-see. It is extremely ornate with magnificent inlaid marble, incredible ironwork and stunning paneling. Built in 1877, this beautiful building is filled with intricate craftsmanship.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

While not a historic building - all the Lincoln history took place in the old State Capitol, and President Obama seemed to vote "present" here and nothing else - this is one impressive State Capitol. The building was built at the height of the Victorian age and the state of Illinois is doing a fantastic job to restore it. You... More 

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Park City, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

went here to be in the room that Lincoln was layed in state in, and found out that the building had been taken down, and completely redone. The only truly original pieces were the shell of the building. Interior looks similar to back then with the same arrangement, but the carpets are poor quality repro's, and rooms are simply not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Take a minute to step inside the Illinois State Capitol building. There are guided tours available, or just wander around looking at the beautiful staircases, murals, and lovely architecture. Look up at the amazing rotunda and marvel at its variety of colors and shapes. Some of the rooms, such as the Old Supreme Court, are open to the public. Stay... More 

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