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State House

82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903
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Ranked #7 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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Chester, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

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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153 reviews 153 reviews
97 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

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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752 reviews 752 reviews
364 attraction reviews
298 helpful votes 298 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
27 helpful votes 27 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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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Ease of access and very capable tour guide. Very clear explanation of all aspects from date and cost of the build thru to current day use by local government.

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Geneva, Switzerland
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Small and easy to visit, beautiful dome and ceiling decorations. There were no tours and few explanations so the visit was not as informative as one might have hoped for.

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Toronto, Canada
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277 attraction reviews
440 helpful votes 440 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Rhode Island state capital building is most impressive particularly given the small size of the state. Entrance is free and you're more than welcome to wander the three floors on your own. Make sure to grab a guide in the visitor's center and explore the building at your own pace. You can peek into the house and senate chambers... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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521 reviews 521 reviews
111 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It must have been very important at the time these grand buildings were built, politically and symbolically, for the State Capitol to be a shining example of power, authority, security and leadership. This place typifies those objectives.

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Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed walking around the grounds and visiting the R.I. State House. It is a beautiful venue and well worth taking time to visit.

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