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Virginia Capitol Building

9th & Grace Sts, Richmond, VA 23219
804 698 1788
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Ranked #4 of 102 attractions in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Virginia State Capitol building was designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau. He was asked to provide input on the construction... more »
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

After admiring the outside of this classic capitol building, we decided to take the guided tour sort of on a whim. I am SO glad we did! As others mention, the tour was longer than an hour so be sure to allow time, but it was wonderful. Our tour guide was incredibly informative and did a marvelous job of walking... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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283 reviews 283 reviews
40 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I did the guided tour of this beautiful building and was very impressed by the knowledge of the guide. The length of the tour was adequate and neither too much or too little information was provided. The history of Richmond and Virginia is fascinating and it's great to see it preserved so well in so many ways not only here... More

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New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The building was recently reopened after extensive renovation. Tour guide told us although everything looked brand new (and it was) is was a true recreation of the original as to patterns & colors. The statue of Thomas Jefferson as you enter & the George Washington upstairs were worth going in for. We read other reviews that said the tour was... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

As we are from the UK, we are perhaps not as aware of the history and people that were featured as part of this tour. This didn't matter at all as 'Betty', our tour guide made it all really interesting and proved to be a fantastic teller of the stories of the revolution and civil war. Ask for her, if... More

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Florida
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152 reviews 152 reviews
10 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The free tours offered here are well worth the time. This historic building was designed by Thomas Jefferson, and it has a rich history. There is a statue of George Washington that is said to be the best likeness of him. It is the only statue he ever posed for, according to our tour guide.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

You forget just how much history lies in the State of Virginia! So fascinating! Not too far from the hotel. Nice to get out and walk around such a gorgeous river area!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Designed by Thomas Jefferson, with a new visitor area. Seat of Virginia government, but also Confederate government at the time. The House of Delegates of Virginia is the oldest, continuing government in the Western Hemisphere. Tour says 45 minutes, but our tour guide loved to explain everything - our tour was 90 minutes.

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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, United States
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The Virginia Capitol Building is an architectural gem situated in downtown Richmond. The grounds are beautifully landscaped; offering park benches under the trees for a sandwich lunch, reading or just relaxing. Take a tour of the building and the museum. Guides offer free tours or you can choose the self-guided option. The interior of the Capitol is spectacular; especially, the... More

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Cincinnati
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114 reviews 114 reviews
8 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

Much history in this building. Beautifully restored. Knowledgeable staff. The rotunda and full size statue of George Washington is stunning! And it's free!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

We were driving through and decided to break up our long trip. . . So glad we did!! This was such a treat. A nice walk and beautiful surroundings!

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