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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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Richmond, Virginia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
15 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful and interesting piece of history in Richmond. The grounds offer a wonderful 30 minute walk to enjoy everything on site. We then went inside and took the free tour which lasted about 1.5 hours. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and gave insight into the colonization of America, Revolutionary War, Civil War, and Virginia History. The... More

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Howell, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The Virginia Capitol building is a marvel. Beautiful architecture along with the surrounding statues makes this a great place to visit. A statue in honor of Edgar Allan Poe adorns the area as well as the executive mansion.

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Lynchburg, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

On a recent weekend trip to Richmond, my experience at the Capitol was pretty much the highlight. The grounds are beautiful and meticulously maintained. The visitors area inside has a lot of information on Richmond and Virginia history and the 1+ hour guided tour was fantastic. The tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, outgoing and really made the experience great. Unlike... More

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Great Falls, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
26 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Richmond has much to offer in history, but is dwarfed by nearby Washington DC 100 miles away. Richmond along with Washington DC and Philadelphia (and maybe Boston) is all about early settlers and how America got started. This building is one of those great monuments that takes us back in time. Here lies the only one statue for which George... More

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New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

After living with the same name as the VA capital for 65 years, my husband finally got there! With downtown construction, we had a bit of difficulty finding parking, but it was worth the search. The newly restored capitol building is beautiful and full of history, including the only full-sized statue of George Washington. We were not with a tour,... 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

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
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

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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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 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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