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Address: 800 Main St, Hartford, CT 06103-2301
Phone Number: 860-522-6766
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Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the...

The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the public year-round. The restored historic chambers, and grounds are now the site of events such as exhibits, curiosity museum, hands-on history, guided/self-guided tours and more! It is managed by the Connecticut General Assembly

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As a total history nerd, I loved walking around here. Sure, the displays were pretty good but what I enjoyed most was just walking around the upstairs where the big rooms (the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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67 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a total history nerd, I loved walking around here. Sure, the displays were pretty good but what I enjoyed most was just walking around the upstairs where the big rooms (the actual state house areas) are. That's where you feel the history. The staff is also very friendly and if you are in town visiting from out of state,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 300 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

In spite of a board saying that it was open from 10am to 5pm, there was a notice on the door telling us that it was shut. It didn't say why or for how long.

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Thank mouseHerts
Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The outside of the building is nice and you get a great picture of your family in stocks but sadly, the place is closed. I hope to see it the next time I'm in the state.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Hartford downtown is compact and well-laid out. The Old State House is a historical building located right in the middle of State Square. Closeby is the Science Center

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Thank Asoke C
Hartford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

The Old State House (800 Main St, Hartford, CT) is a very nice place to visit. A lot of History about Democracy and American great Leaders. Its a National Historic Landmark and we can learn about Hartford and the state of Connecticut too. The "Joseph Steward Museum of Curiosities" is on the third floor and displays a very good collection... More 

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Pflugerville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

The Old State House has a rich history. The tour guide, Brian, was very knowledgeable and full of fun facts.

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New Canaan, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

Such a nice historic site. It was clean and very attractive site. Unfortunately it closes early so make plans appropriately

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

We brought our niece and nephew here for an outing, and we all loved it. The tour of the state house is interesting, nd the museum they've built downstairs is excellent - lots on interactive exhibits, made the history come alive. The highlight for me was the museum of curiosities upstairs, filled with exotic animal skeletons and taxidermy and other... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

Neat history and the staff is very helpful and friendly! If you are in the area it's a great stop! Would recommend the trip!

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Fairfield
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised how much there was to see. The building itself and the furniture were really nice, but the unexpected things were the museum of curiosities which had a really interesting collection of taxidermy, and the museum with the history of Connecticut and Hartford. Really enjoyed it.

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