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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

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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A lovely historic city

We were very impressed by the history, layout and architecture of Albany. New York State University was most impressive, so too were the government buildings. Well worth a visit.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were very impressed by the history, layout and architecture of Albany. New York State University was most impressive, so too were the government buildings. Well worth a visit.

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Waterport, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A magnificent building from the outside. However when I attempted to visit the inside I was unable to take in my pocket knife and my only option was to throw it away. I opted to keep my knife and leave

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Clifton Park, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My grandchild had a field trip here and I must say we loved it. She is a fifth grader who is really into history and as she put it, it was "The awesomest field trip ever". You can tell they have taken the time to keep the building's integrity. I think the best part was hearing the stories and history... More 

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North Tonawanda, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The quality of the craftsmanship is amazing as is the detail. It's a building that wouldn't be reproduced today. The tour is free and our guide was very knowledgeable. He was able to answer every question people asked. The tour lasted just over an hour. Afterward we walked around more to see some of the areas again such as the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

the New York State Capitol building is a tourist friendly and awesome sight to check out in the Capitol district. The history and architecture is stunning and the history is wonderful to behold. The guides were well prepared and and quite nice.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the tour of the state capital today. My 10 years old son loved it! Great architecture, the guide was very good!

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stunning architecture. Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship - they really don't make them like this anymore. Don't miss the Million Dollar Staircase (I really did feel like I was in Dracula's Castle), the foyer outside the Senate public viewing gallery, and the library. Quirky and majestic building with guided tours offered.

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice area of the city to explore, especially on a rainy day. The family enjoyed the history and the museum right near by.

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Victor, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was such a great tour, everyone should see this work of art. I wish I could remember our tour guides name, because he was great. It's a free tour, and there is parking behind it as well.

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Crewe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is really worth the visit. I would advise you to take one of the tours to try to get your bearings and to learn some of the history of this lovely building. After this you can wander around the building to take a more detailed look at some of the artifacts that you feel the need to learn... More 

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