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Address: 211 21st Ave SW, Olympia, WA 98501-2811
Phone Number: (360) 753-2580
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Small museum near the Capitol building.

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a wonderful tour

The docents do a great job of giving visitors an overview of the capital itself and those things that make it special. Tours are on the hour and the one that we were on was just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2016
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Plano, Texas
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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2016

The docents do a great job of giving visitors an overview of the capital itself and those things that make it special. Tours are on the hour and the one that we were on was just my son and I. It gave us the opportunity to interact with the docent and made the tour all the more interesting.

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Olympia, Washington
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2016 via mobile

Although a lot of people have mistakenly reviewed this as the state capital, this listing actually refers to the state capital MUSEUM on 21st Avenue, which has been closed since April, 2014. Too bad, because it was really a nice little museum.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Provides great history of Washington State. Recommend coupling it with a Capitol tour to enjoy the full experience!

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sarasota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

construction made it hard to get around and the capital was much better. sort of a statewide welcome station than a true capital museum

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Palm Bay, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We did a self guided tour of the museum. Their were many displays -- paintings, sculptures, etc. Even artwork done by various school children in the area.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

Located in the old Lord Mansion, the museum is a little hard to locate. Use GPS to find. Give yourself 1 hr to tour the limited content. The museum is primarily historic/modern photos of Olympia "then and now" with accompanying text. Most of the info I had already seen on the internet before arrival in town. Very few artifacts were... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

First, many people are confused about the Capital museum, wondering 1) why it's not in the domed building down the street and b) why they misspelled the name. The museum is really about the city, the Capital, not the building. Technically, Washington does not have a Capitol. The official name of the building is the Legislative Building. This creates more... More 

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Lebanon, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

We may not be the best judges of the museum because we only had about 20 minutes before the closed. The information about the history of the capital building was very interesting. We were there on the anniversary of Mt St Helen's erruption so it was interesting to see the photos and information on the event. I guess I would... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Don't miss this interesting visit. The guided tour was well done, informative without being tedious or overbearing. The museum answers some questions about Washington, and the State, and has plenty of atmosphere.

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Everett, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Capital Museum is housed in the former Lord Mansion, which is a beautifull building, but after seeing the displays on the history of the Capitol, there was little else to hold our attention. It's only $2 to get in, a little hard to find, we actually passed it by once. But if you're touring Olympia, you should check it... More 

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