North Carolina State Capitol

North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh

North Carolina State Capitol

North Carolina State Capitol
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The State Capitol building, built in 1840, is an excellent example of a civic structure in Greek Revival-style architecture. Though recently renovated, the building does contain some original furniture.
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harryatkck
Kansas City, KS936 contributions
This place is full of history dating back before the Civil War. Inside you can see the old House & Senate Chambers, the old Supreme Court meeting room, an 1880s state library & state geologist office. The staff was very friendly & helpful. The entrance is on the north side. Parking is either on the street that is metered or there is a lot 1 block away that costs $2 an hour. This is a great place to visit.
Written May 26, 2022
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Epps Adventures
Mesa, AZ69 contributions
The NC State Capitol building is neat. We went on a Sunday evening, so were not able to go inside. We did walk around the outside. It is an open yard around the entire perimeter with many neat statues and some interesting facts. The architecture is neat. Worth seeing, but I recommend going when you can get inside, otherwise you could probably skip this attraction if it takes away from some other activity.
Written March 11, 2020
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Steve M
Pulaski, TN354 contributions
Couples
We stopped here on the way to the Outer Banks. We walked around the capitol grounds and then went inside. It is a self guided tour and when you walk inside they will give you a brochure with historical facts about the building. The inside of the capitol is beautiful. We arrived early and park on the street. On Saturdays, parking is free.
Written September 8, 2021
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Sherpa705518
35 contributions
This is an adult or older child tour. It is free and very interesting but currently the 3rd floor is under renovation thus the 4 stars versus 5. Lots of plaques to read - but for those interested in NC History this tour should be on your list!. I recommend the state capitol tour followed by the NC Museum of History which is just across the street.
Written February 29, 2020
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
There is a free visitor parking lot across Edenton Street on weekends. Admission is free. You must go through a metal detector to enter the building. There is not much to see. There is some art and the 2 legislative chambers. There is a pitifully small gift shop.
Written September 27, 2021
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Ken K
Raleigh, NC10 contributions
It's easy to access this free tour, but there isn't much to see. You can walk right up to the Governor's office door, tour the old State Senate and Rep chambers, and see the library-but not much else to check out. The property is great if you can stand the site of Confederate War porn monuments. Easy walking distance to lots of other spots in the city.
Written February 11, 2020
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rcleach79
Raleigh, NC144 contributions
Couples
It is cool if you are a history buff but overall pretty darn boring! Not much to see, it is pretty, lots of statues, but not much else
Written November 25, 2014
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olasweetmol
Columbia, SC462 contributions
I took a self-guided tour (all free) today. The visitors are allowed on three floors, although what you can actually see is limited. Plus, they were renovating, with construction going on all over the place, so some of the rooms were closed to public. My favorite place to see was the library, although there weren't any books of much value, it looks like a cosy and comfortable place. The grounds around it is nice as well, there are various monuments and tributes.
I would recommend to visit this place to anyone who is interested in the history of the United Stated, or just history in general.
Written October 15, 2019
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Pammy B
379 contributions
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I have seen many capitol buildings. I wouldn't say it is the best...I wouldn't say it was the worst. The dome is beautiful and the library wa very cool. The otuside statues are also beautiful..Not a bad look for free
Written July 18, 2019
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acoachcool
San Diego, CA519 contributions
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The North Carolina State Capitol building has a fiery history. It is located in downtown Raleigh in the Union Square. The original capital building burned to the ground amidst a mighty fire. During reconstruction a zinc roof was installed. The zinc roof was to safeguard the building from catching fire again. Sadly construction workers left a candle lit during the night, and the building burned to the ground a second time! Historical documents can be read, pictures viewed, or take a guided tour, to learn about NC history. The building has three levels so wear comfortable shoes for walking. Admission is free, but parking isn't. Knowing the state history is exciting and fun. Spend an hour taking in the sites and memorabilia.
Written September 12, 2016
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  • Tue - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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