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Louisiana's Old State Capitol

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Address: 100 North Blvd, Baton Rouge, LA 70801-1502
Phone Number: 800-488-2968
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Once described by Mark Twain as the "ugliest thing on the...

Once described by Mark Twain as the "ugliest thing on the Mississippi," this neogothic building, situated atop a bluff, contains a stained-glass dome, an impressive spiral staircase and a museum covering state politics.

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Came here from New Orleans after hearing it was the capital of Louisiana. Was not disappointed it was a beautiful building with lots of history

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Aberdeen
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Came here from New Orleans after hearing it was the capital of Louisiana. Was not disappointed it was a beautiful building with lots of history

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Due to traffic on i10 heading east, I arrived just too late to go inside the building. However I could view the outside and it's an architectural gem. Standing close to the banks of the Mississippi River, it is an imposing site. Had I been earlier I could have visited this, the USS Kidd and the Arts and Science Museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I have been here many times when the Old State Capitol was in less than good shape but this trip everything was clean and on point. The facility was being prepped for a wedding reception later that evening and was in fine shape. We came to the old state capitol for the Vaseline Glass exhibit and we're not disappointed. It... More 

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Hoover, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Alot of information. Beautiful architectual, very informative of the different time periods of the state and their leaders. The atrium is just wonderful to see. The wood work and moulding are gorgeous. Staff very helpful, good informational video.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Extremely beautiful palace/old State Capital. It is an engineers marvel. Not only is the building beautiful but the museum is extremely well done. Don't miss.

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has been years since I visited the new capital. I taught Louisiana history for 8 years. Since this new visit to the capital, it was so much better. The history of LA. Is unreal. Huey Long, the tallest building in the USA at one time, the scene of the downtown, the river, etc. is awesome. A must see in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The "Old State Capitol" is a rare jewel in Baton Rouge. The castle architecture, the beautiful stained glass, and central spiral staircase are sights to behold. For those wanting Louisiana history this is a one stop education complete with interactive audio/video stations. These station provide a personalized experience by letting each person chose what they hear & watch.

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Whitehouse, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So much history. We took a guided tour and enjoyed it very much. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting.

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Inside the capitol, you will be attracted by the colorful glass ceiling. The story of Huey Long is also worth to learn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I did not have an opportunity to go inside but enjoyed admiring this castle like building. I wish I could have taken the opportunity to explore this building with a tour.

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