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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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Amazing architectural history

It is definitely worth taking the free tour, as there are quite a few details pointed out along the way. My favorite part was walking on the original tile floor from the 19th... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It is definitely worth taking the free tour, as there are quite a few details pointed out along the way. My favorite part was walking on the original tile floor from the 19th century. It really is like stepping back in time. True building history buffs could stay all day. Amazingly, they'd probably let you do it too.

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

No dome on this Capitol. Instead there is a million dollar staircase. Rich interior and gorgeous state senate the NY taxpayers paid for. The Education building across the street is massive. Can't imagine how the tax payers paid for it. Area parking is a headache.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The tour uncovers exciting historical facts about this Monumental building if only its walls could talk

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Capitol building of NY is considered one of the most, if not the most, beautiful Capitol building in the nation. The interior is richly decorated with hand carvings done by Italian craftsmen imported for that purpose. No expense was spared. You will see gold on the walls and ceiling. The tour is interesting and free. I highly recommend a... More 

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Trondheim, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The building is different from most capitols. Which I like. Otherwise the area is nice for a walk. We enjoyed ourselves while strolling in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The buildings were beautiful and it was great to learn about the state goverment but the tours were another story. The tour brought everyone through security right at the beginning and left ten people including me behind leaving us to wander with another family. I recommend coming here but stay near the front of the tour I suppose.

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Stanhope, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Missed the tour, but guard gave us a map. Beautiful architecture and history like no other site. Hogwarts comment I had read was so true. Art work and artifacts were great. Chambers were grand, too.

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Dundas, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our 1 1/2 hour long free tour was led by a former history teacher who pulled out all the stops in giving us information! The building is beautiful and rich with detail and stories. Though there are a lot of stairs, our guide gave us the option of taking the elevator, if needed. Little kids will not find this exciting... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stunning architecture, beautiful interior. Well worth a look, there is free admission and free tour available. Guide was informative and knowledgeable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always thought the Texas State Capitol building was great, but I was blown away by the beauty of the architecture of the New York State Capitol building. It was like being at Hogwarts and following all the staircases! There was so much to see and we were there for 2 hours just wondering around looking at architecture, paintings, frescoes,... More 

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