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State House

82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903
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Ranked #9 of 70 Attractions in Providence
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Architectural Buildings
Description: This imposing marble building houses King Charles' 1663 charter of the Rhode Island colony.
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Visited late in the afternoon..the sun was going down and the entire building was bathed in a golden glow. No one was around. Amazing piece of architecture. Lovely grounds to stroll around in...great as part of a walking tour of central Providence.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

We visited Providence during the Columbus weekend and unfortunately the State House was closed. But we checked the building from outside. It's has a nice architecture and a beautiful garden around. It also has nice views over the city.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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425 reviews 425 reviews
143 attraction reviews
331 helpful votes 331 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

The Rhode Island state house must be one of the most beautiful state houses in the country. Both inside and out. Built back around 1900 it is now on the historic register. Browsing around, I was inspired by the murals, make sure to look up in the rotunda, the statutes, paintings and artifacts some from the civil war. You first... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The building itself is phenomenal. The architecture and history are so well preserved that it's hard not to enjoy a tour of this place. I took a tour when I was younger and recently went back to find how worth it it was. It was during the summer so it was very warm as the building does not have AC,... More

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Providence, Rhode Island, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

The tour guide was extremely friendly. Its amazing how much you can learn in an hour tour! The state house is very beautiful inside and out and I'm glad I decided to make the trip!

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Chester, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Had a devil of a job to find the Providence State House. No signposts around the city to guide us by car. Even at the actual Smith Street we had to pay 25c per 12mins in roadside parking. We make a point of "doing" capitol buildings. Apart from the magnificent facade, don't bother going to it. Very disappointed. The visitor... More

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Charlotte, NC
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97 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

My wife and I try to visit the state houses when traveling and both thought this state house had a lot of charm. There are plenty of parking spots available and a large area to walk about and enjoy the scenary. I like how they have a speaking area on the steps which allows a lot of great photo opportunities.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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310 helpful votes 310 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Just gorgeous! Take a tour and get to see it all or just walk in and look up. The sheer excess of the decorations will take your breath away and have you asking 'how much did that cost?' It was built in a different time with different priorities and never more is that illustrated than inside this building.

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

You wouldn't think that this should be part of your tour of Providence, but you would be WRONG! This is a gem that should not be missed. With the 4th biggest free standing marble dome in the world, this is truly a master piece. We arrived in time to take a tour and were pleasantly surprised by how much we... More

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Ventura, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The building is beautiful and the exhibit room is very interesting. There are tours at different times and they are very informative. Entrance was free and you can wander around on your own if you want.

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