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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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Fri 10:00 am - 10:00 am
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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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Close by the USS Kidd - we parked then walked the area the grounds and to take some photos.Was closed on the Saturday we were there.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Close by the USS Kidd - we parked then walked the area the grounds and to take some photos.Was closed on the Saturday we were there.

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Port Arthur, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

So enjoyed visiting this landmark. First time to Baton Rouge. Loved learning the history and architecture of this building. It's a must see.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The exterior of the old and new capitols are very different, but very nice. The two buildings are not next to each other like in Tallahassee, Florida. The low "old" Capitol does not open until 10 am--and then only on certain days. It is walking distance to the casinos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I wasn't expecting an over the top experience for free! I went with my 4 kids, ages 15,14,10,&8,and it kept all of their attentions. Self guided with digital interface,great trip

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rich history bldg, some unique historical displays and artifacts, FREE Great stained glass and iron spiral stairs.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first stop in Baton Rouge and I'm glad we started here! We learned so much about the state and some of its past leaders. Loved the exhibit on Huey Long. I'd never heard any of that before, I suppose since I'm not from Louisiana, but I thought it was very interesting. The building is beautiful and they... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aptly named, it's the really old state capitol building. Worth seeing to appreciate the architecture and imagine government being run from here many many years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Free museum in downtown Baton Rouge. Interesting look at the building history and the refurbishment. They were setting up for a wedding and was fun to see the old building come alive. Both a 14 year old and 6 year old enjoyed the building.

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Muscle Shoals, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This building is beautiful inside. When you walk in, you are handed a tour sheet. The exhibits are immaculate. It's obvious much time was spent curating the items you are seeing. The staircase is impressive. Then you look up and see the stained glass in the rotunda and it takes your breath away. They have a Louie P Long exhibit... More 

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the Old State Capitol there is much history and the interior is really lovely. There is a beautiful stair case and other lovely things that will capture your intrest. It's should be one of the stops along the river to see if you travel to B.R.

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