Michigan State Capitol
Michigan State Capitol
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Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992, this building has served as Michigan's seat of state government since its completion in 1879.
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dambanker
Toronto, Canada1,231 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Was in the area so I stopped in for a quick visit. Went early in the morning and found lots of parking. The woodworking throughout was very interesting, especially the chandeliers. Unfortunately the rotunda was under construction when I was there. Lots of history inside and worth a visit.
Written October 5, 2023
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IrishFan2014
Alpena, MI93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Stopped at the state capital building while traveling through the Lansing area. Lawmakers were not in session so not much going on however it was nice to look around with the capitol building quiet. Rotunda is under construction but was able able to walk around inside and see the past governors portraits. Gentlemen at the visitors desk was very friendly and helpful.
Written August 17, 2023
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AndyB5542
Minneapolis, MN3,805 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We took one of the early tours, and we’re the only ones. Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. We got to see the chambers of the Representatives, the Governor’s ceremonial office and the old Supreme Court chamber.

The art on all of the walls is well worth the trip.
Written June 30, 2022
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greatauntie27
Prior Lake, MN58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
We joined a well behaved group of third graders for the tout. The guide was excellent. While it was definitely geared to young children we learned quite a bit and enjoyed the give and take of the kids.
Written May 31, 2022
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maryg9600
Algonac, MI1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
My daughter and two granddaugthers spent a weekend this summer in Lansing. We had done much research and planning and looked forward to showing the girls our state capital. How disappointed we were when arriving at the capitol and found it closed because of financial reasons. I have checked out several websites for the capitol and I still cannot find any where that tells that the capitol buildings are not open on the weekends.When we returned to our hotel that day and told the people at thte hotel that the buildings were closed they did not even know about it.Needless to say that the weekend we had planned together and had look forward too was a complete disappointment. Please update your information and let people know that they will be unable to get into any of the buildings on the weekend.
Written October 12, 2003
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CeciliaWest
Kingston, Ontario313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
We have often driven across southern Michigan on the route between Chicago and Southern Ontario, this time deciding to take a detour into Lansing to visit the Michigan State Capitol. We are extremely glad that we did. It's exterior is of the 'domed' neo-classical style like many other state capitols. In fact we would suggest that, in that regard, it is not the most striking. Once inside, however, it completely takes your breath away with the extraordinary and meticulous restoration. The interior represents a fine example of warm, rich, Italianate decor at a time when material costs far exceeded those of skilled labour. In the rotunda, of particular note, are encased replicas of over 160 historic battle flags carried by Michigan regiments during the Civil War (1861-1865). The accompanying plaques indicate, for regiment after regiment, the greatest killer was disease. The environment is very welcoming to a visitor. The House of Represenatives was not sitting at the time of our visit. As a result we had the opportunity to converse with an Assistant Sergeants-at-Arms who, with obvious pride, gave us greater insight into this meticulous restoration of the early 1990s as well as other aspects of Michigan history.
Written May 4, 2015
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mittengirl
Michigan44 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's historic Capitol building is reopening to the public on Saturdays for the first time in years.
The State Capitol Commission voted Monday to again host free tours of the 136-year-old building on Saturdays, starting June 6.
The Capitol currently is open Monday through Friday. The downtown Lansing building will have hour-long guided tours on Saturday every half-hour between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The commission's vice chairman , John Truscott, says "not everyone can get here during the week" and unfortunately visitors are being turned away.
Saturday tours were ended between a dozen and nearly 20 years ago because of budget constraints.
Written April 21, 2015
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Kate Illinois1
Illinois4,722 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
Tours are on the hour. We walked in and were able to join the next tour. We were about 20 minutes earlier and watched a short film about the history of the building. This film enhanced our tour. Beautiful painting throughout the building. Walls appear as though it is wallpaper but it's all hand painting. The wood is pine but painted to appear to be dark walnut. Thankful this building was saved and made a historical landmark.
Written August 21, 2018
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PhotoXavi
The Cincinnati Region57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
This was an impulsive stop, and we had four adults and a number of young children -- so we were not sure it was a good idea to attempt touring a state capitol. Once we walked near the building, the children (ranging in age from seven to two years old) were awed into silence before they quickly began asking if we could go inside. Figuring we would have to leave swiftly when they became restless, we nonetheless went inside since it is free to access.

The kids loved it.

We admired the dome, climbed stairs, enjoyed different views of the art, examined the light fixtures (wow!), and even took some family portraits along the way since everyone was having such a great time.

It is truly that impressive, dynamic, and visually arresting inside and out: the colors, lush patterns, and ornate architecture will impress everyone in your group!
Written January 5, 2019
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MongoSchwartz
Traverse City, MI670 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Three of us arrived at 9AM on a Wednesday morning. We had called a few days ahead to make sure tours started at that time, and, if you check the capitol's website, you can see when all the school groups are scheduled as well. We wanted to avoid them.
When we got to the check-in desk, Matt told us that they were unusually short-staffed that day, and sincerely apologized that we could not do a 9AM guided tour. We would have to wait until 930 (with kids) or tour the capitol without a guide. We were going to choose the latter.
But Matt sincerely felt bad that we had made the trip knowing that 9AM should be an option. He called for backup, and offered to show us as much as he could before he was needed for the 930 school tour.
The man is a wealth of knowledge and insight. He clearly loves his job. And, as we parted, around 920, he also made sure to mention other parts of the capitol we had not yet seen and what to look for in those areas.
The Capitol itself is stunning. But our appreciation for the edifice was made even more palpable with his help. If you get him as your guide, you will not be disappointed.
Thanks again, Matt.
Written April 10, 2018
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