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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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Really interesting and highly recommend Capital Tour from the Concourse Visitors Center (with Teresa)

Saw a lot and learned a lot. Gorgeous architecture. Highly recommend the tour through the Visitors' Center. Our tour guide was Teresa and she was knowledgeable, approachable and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Saw a lot and learned a lot. Gorgeous architecture. Highly recommend the tour through the Visitors' Center. Our tour guide was Teresa and she was knowledgeable, approachable and spoke loudly enough for the whole group to hear (and we had a large group!). The Capital building is gorgeous. Very glad we went.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a walk around this building. It has some beautiful architecture. Nice benches to sit on around back. We did not take the tour, so no inside opinion

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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Loved this unexpected gem of a tour. Beautiful 19th century building. You have to pass thru metal detectors, the security staff are pleasant and efficient. There's a newsstand inside and a Dunkin Donuts, just fyi. Our tour guide Fred was excellent!! The history and beauty of the building are fascinating, especially the million dollar staircase.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

New York State's Capitol is a gem...both in terms of the architecture of the building and its rich history. You get a good smattering of both when you take the guided tour, which is free. This building holds both 'houses' of the legislature and is a beautifully semi-restored masterpiece, which is an amalgamation of Classical/Romanesque style and Renaissance Classical style,... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You know I lived here all my life and I never realized how beautiful the Capitol is ! The whole down area is a great few hours with plenty of place for lunch, including food trucks. Enjoy a nice was around dusk start with the Corning Tower for the view. Hit the museum and then enjoy the beauty of the... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

you must like history because much of the tour talks about new york state history Very neat painting and other art items.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Free and not overly long. Our guide had some good facts to share. Well worth the visit. Very ornate. You can also tour on your own if you would like to spend more time.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went on a really nice tour of the building - it is beautiful and full of interesting stories. On the website it said something about booking, but we just showed up at the visitor center (off of Empire State Plaza) and were able to go on a tour right away.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our tour guide was excellent, very knowledgeable and encouraged our questions. The building is quite amazing to see, especially the senate and representatives chambers.

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Penfield, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A free guided tour is a must do especially if you have children. Great opportunity to take some great pictures.

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