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New York State Capitol

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Address: State St., Albany, NY 12207
Phone Number: 15184742418
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New...

The New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880's. Over 125 years old, the building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur. Built by hand of solid masonry, it took 5 architects and 32 years to complete. Over the years meticulous restoration has been done to maintain and protect the Capitol for future generations of New Yorkers.

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The architecture of this building was unbelievable. I am disabled and get around in a mobility scooter. The building, staff and our tour guide, George, were more than... read more

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Massillon, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The architecture of this building was unbelievable. I am disabled and get around in a mobility scooter. The building, staff and our tour guide, George, were more than accommodating. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour. We learned many fascinating facts we would not have known. I recommend this as a must see when in Albany!

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Sinking Spring, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Did not take the tour, but the external grounds are definitely worth walking around. Went later on Saturday afternoon and parked on the street, so not certain if it were a busier time, what the parking situation would have been like. Maybe there is a dedicated parking area but one of the people I was with actually lived in the... More 

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Zeeland, MI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We arrived in Albany earlier than expected, and decided to see the NY Capitol. We were in between tour times, but we still enjoyed and were impressed with our visit. What a spectacular building! The architecture inside and out is remarkable. The elevators were beautiful and the elegant staircases-especially approaching the fourth floor were fabulous!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Always a sure bet when visitors come to town. This is a marvelous building and the tour is really worth the time. The guides are well trained and often visitors get a chance to sit in the gallery when the legislators are in session. The "Million Dollar Staircase" is truly impressive. And October is a great time to take the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We are working on trips to visit all 50 state capitols, and this was number 42. Easily one of the most spectacular, and exceptionally maintained. Make sure you take the free guided tour with a docent. It will add immensely to your enjoyment and knowledge of this great historical building. The entry point is a bit hard to find, but... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is really opulent. We were especially impressed with the flag rooms. Friendly staff who were very informative.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If one is interested in the history and the Dutch influence of NY, this is the place to see. The architecture alone is worth the trip. Awesome & inspiring. Also appropriate for teaching children about the history of NY.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The staircase alone is breath taking. The "war" room, is an oooooohhhh my goodness! room! Small children may or may not be bored; our young one thought is was a castle!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My first time here and I love seeing the building. I was a bit late tho cos its closed so I cant go in and some people kind of repairing something inside. So its kinda a bummer I cant go in

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At the time this was built, it was the most expensive Capital building constructed. At $25M, they still didn't finish it. The US Capital which was built a few years earlier only cost $8M! So if you are in the area, this is worthwhile to spend a day at.

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