Old Capitol Museum

Old Capitol Museum, Jackson: Hours, Address, Old Capitol Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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Old Capitol Museum

Old Capitol Museum
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • History Museums
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COVID-19 UPDATE: Based on information provided by the Mississippi Department of Health about the coronavirus epidemic, we are temporarily closed until further notice. Jackson’s oldest building, the Old Capitol is home to a museum exploring the history of the site when it was the seat of Mississippi government from 1839 to 1903. The Old Capitol was the site of some of the state’s most significant legislative actions, such as the passage of the 1839 Married Women’s Property Act, Mississippi’s secession from the Union in 1861, and the crafting of the 1868 and 1890 state constitutions. The building is a National Historic Landmark, and one of the country’s premier examples of Greek Revival public architecture. When it was built in 1839, the massive limestone exterior, copper dome, and grand interior spaces made the Old Capitol the most distinguished building in Mississippi.
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Barry C
Royal Oak, MI39 contributions
A Visit to the Old Capitol
Jan 2020 • Solo
The Old Capitol building and its restoration is interesting. They did a nice job of identifying state historical figures, even fairly obscure ones. To a native this is probably more meaningful than to a visitor. A visitor can probably see what they care about in an hour.
Written January 7, 2020
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ianmantel
Hastings297 contributions
Wonderful building with lots of history
Nov 2019 • Couples
So much history packed into just 200 years. Great staff, well informed, happy to help Brits understand the way the Capitol worked and the set up of US politics, state and federal.
Written November 21, 2019
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Anne K
La Vernia, TX19 contributions
Architectural treasure
Sep 2019
While the displays are average, the architecture alone makes this a great place to visit and walk around. We went after going to the current capitol building and the governor's mansion, and it was fun to compare the styles.
Written September 18, 2019
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TravelB
Texas335 contributions
Beautiful architecture. Average displays
Jul 2019 • Family
The Old Capitol is a beautiful Greek revival architecture building. Worth the visit although the displays are a little weak. It’s free so a good option if in Jackson.
Written July 26, 2019
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1Frugaldoctorswife
Jacksonville, AR182 contributions
Great display of historical preservation made fun and entertaining!
Jul 2019 • Couples
I am not a big history buff, but my husband is. With saying that we both really liked visiting the museum! The layout was very well thought out and easy to maneuver. The architecture is breath taking. I love how they did all they could to bring back the original work of the building. They were still doing exterior work on the building, but it was still safe and easy to enter. The information contained in the walls is amazing and must have really taken some time to put together into one place. The buildings history is awesome in itself. I highly recommend this be a stop on your visit to Jackson! Admission was free.
Written July 11, 2019
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VMtravellers
Stockton-on-Tees, UK508 contributions
The best Building to visit by far
Jun 2019 • Couples
This is the best Building to visit by far, in a city which is not in the best of health. Very interesting and well staffed, please visit.
Written June 26, 2019
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loesshawk2015
Sioux City, IA464 contributions
Fun history and close to other attractions.
May 2019 • Solo
If you have the time then this is a worthy stop. The building is rich with history and has great details. The oldest building in Jackson and while the exhibits are informative you do have to wish that those walls could talk. Close to other attractions which can make for a very busy downtown day of sightseeing. If you are short on time I would visit the Civil Rights Museum & the State History Museum first and then put this in your top 5 to see. Good place for a family visit and learning experience.
Written June 1, 2019
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JohnSB3
Wellington, New Zealand779 contributions
Very good job
May 2019 • Solo
The building itself has had a ragged history starting life as the place where state legislators met, plus the Governor’s Office and the home of the state’s Supreme Court, and then being abandoned in favour of a newer building. It was neglected and then restored and then devastated by Katrina and restored again. The focus here is on the political history of the state. I found the details of the various constitutions of the state fascinating, as the various versions sought to preserve state sovereignty and maintain white supremacy, even after the Civil War. Worth visiting for this aspect alone, and also to see the honouring of the First Ladies of the state in lovely portraits, although the state has yet to elect a woman as Governor. The educators have done a good job in assembling and presenting factual material in an accessible way. Jefferson Davis and the Confederate cause are honoured with a large monument in the grounds. Entry is free.
Written May 25, 2019
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Evelyn C
Byhalia, MS675 contributions
Beautiful Rotunda
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is a good place to discover a part of Mississippi's history and see some amazing architecture. The building is gorgeous inside with some incredible woodwork. There are nice displays on historical events and a short film to get you started. We were glad we took the time to visit.
Written April 4, 2019
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bjaschen
West Des Moines, IA334 contributions
Very nice capitol museum and history
Mar 2019 • Family
We visited here while on a break from our downtown scavenger hunt through PuzzleAdventures. Little did we know, we also got to do a scavenger hunt inside the old capitol! Our 9 year daughter loved it. There is tons of great historical information and displays to see.

Several areas have buttons available on the displays to get audio to play within the room and provide even more history and a small glimpse of what it was like back in the day.

Would recommend for anyone visiting Jackson and/or interested history.
Written March 28, 2019
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Old Capitol Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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