New York State Capitol

New York State Capitol, Albany

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New York State Capitol

New York State Capitol
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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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nomaadic_tiffany
Brooklyn, NY79 contributions
Pretty Cool
Jan 2020
Architecture is cool there is a lot of history in this building and some pretty spooky stories to go along with it!! tours are cool & the hall of governors is another historical part to view!
Written December 6, 2020
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Mike D
Lexington, KY70 contributions
Great tour.
Dec 2019
Free, educational, and stunning architecture make for a great time. The tour guide we had was personable and incredibly knowledgable.
Written October 20, 2020
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Frank S
Brunswick, ME84 contributions
Beautiful building
Aug 2020 • Couples
We just walked around the outside, since it was not open to the public.

I would love to see the inside.
Written August 20, 2020
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Jake23
New Jersey5,718 contributions
Great architecture
Jul 2020
Worth a stop. We only had a few minutes for a quick photo, but the architecture is amazing and very different from most state capitals. I would not go out of your way to see it, but if you’re passing through it’s a nice stop.
Written July 24, 2020
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Jerome M
Gary, IN1,438 contributions
Amazing Looking Building
Jun 2019
The Capitol Building is an amazing archetecturial structure. The outside and the inside of the building different looking than the other capitol buildings I have been in. The Hall of Governors has a lot of history. We not able to get there for the guided tour, but it highly recommended because the guides always provide you with that little extra.
Written May 31, 2020
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Dave P
Albany, NY22 contributions
Awesome Architecture and Great Ghost Stories
Oct 2019
Went on the Ghost Tour of the Capitol around Halloween 2019. The building has hand carved animals and people throughout. The marble floors and great halls are elaborate and covered with depictions of historic events and times. The Ghost stories were an added benefit. Learning about the spirits that are rumored to travel freely around, greatly enhanced the lure of the stately structure.
Written March 6, 2020
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LKPRoseville
Roseville, MN15 contributions
Great Tour and Amazing History
Feb 2020 • Couples
Plan ahead because the building is not open on weekends, but if you sign up in advance, you can have a tour anyway. The building is amazing and a feat of architecture. Really a must see!
Written February 16, 2020
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thomasjohnston123
Buffalo, NY12 contributions
Drop In DIY Tour
Jul 2019
You can sign up for guided tours but I walked in for the DIY tour. Plenty to see and learn from self guided placards & no need to wait for the group! Good short stop on the way to NYS Museum & NYS Plaza.
Written December 11, 2019
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Philip C
York, ME471 contributions
Historic Building
Nov 2019
We took the self-guided tour and, had we scheduled a guided tour, would likely have a 5 star review -unfortunately, we did not have access to the chambers. The building is outstanding and is one of the most important state capitols given the legacy of law and leaders who have passed through it's halls. Just walking through the portrait gallery in the upper hall tells a tale of Presidential history. Easy street parking and good spots to eat in the vicinity. If it's cold, take the underground mall passage to the New York State History museum which is OUTSTANDING!
Written December 4, 2019
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AmarilisVos
Jabbeke, Belgium1,931 contributions
Nice staircases
Oct 2019
We visited this place on October 8. There is visitor parking under the plaza. After the security check we went to the lobby were you can sign up for a guided tour.
You can do a self guided tour but you will not see the senate.
Written November 18, 2019
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New York State Capitol is open:
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