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Old Capitol Museum

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Address: 100 S State St, Jackson, MS 39201-4400
Phone Number: 601-359-6920
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Old Capitol building served the state from 1832-1903 and was later...

The Old Capitol building served the state from 1832-1903 and was later converted into a State Historical Museum. Visitors can tour the grand dam of Mississippi politics, plus view dioramas and exhibits that trace the city's history. The museum also includes a large collection of Jefferson Davis memorabilia.

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A very interesting museum

Lots of history in one place that one can explore as quick - or as slow - as one wants to. The lady at the reception was very helpful. The staircase is just wonderful.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Cologne, Germany
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Cologne, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of history in one place that one can explore as quick - or as slow - as one wants to. The lady at the reception was very helpful. The staircase is just wonderful.

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Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there on a very quiet day in September. The ladies at the front desk are really friendly and nice and take alll their time to talk to you, not only about the museum, but also the new Capitol building, the state and the area in general. The building itself is nice and there is quite e bit of... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Great historical venue. Lots of information and great preserved items. Tour guides are very knowledgeable and can answer all your questions. This was a plesent trip for my family and we learned a lot. We were not able to park close and had to walk a few block.

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Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

The old capitol museum provides visitors with a glimpse of Mississippi's rich history. The curved staircase to the upper chambers lead visitors to several chambers where life-size sculptures seem frozen in time debating legal matters of the day.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Inside this wonderful building is a two story museum. It is "chock" full of antiquities from the civil war era. The building itself used to be the old courthouse and is remarkable. There is an entrance fee, but well worth it. There are so many things to see, it takes a while. Downstairs they have lots of weaponry, soldiers items,... More 

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Blairsville, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Beautiful architecture and interesting history. On a HOT day, this is a great place to visit. Nice and cool. The spiraling wooden staircases at the front are beautiful and the views from them of downtown are worth a few minutes of your time. The rooms have been well restored. The self guided walking tour had lots of interesting facts and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

A wonderful building that has been carefully restored. Technology in it is wonderful, as are the great history lessons yet the best part is just seeing the beautiful historical building. Guides are helpful and informative. And it is FREE!!

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Take a moment to wander through the corridors of this great old building, which is now a museum. It's a self guided tour, but they have plenty of information ready. Walking through the two Houses of Parliament was great. Sit back and imagine what debates would have been had in these chambers. There is also some good information on the... More 

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Mankato, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Museum gives a good look into what happen to the First Nation people who lived there when the settlers came. Also describes what happened to the slaves and how they were treated. Tells why Jackson existed from early times to present.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2016

Well done museum detailing lots of Mississippi history along with that of the capital building itself.

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