Washington State Legislative Building Tour

Washington State Legislative Building Tour

Washington State Legislative Building Tour
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Linda A
Los Angeles41 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2012 • Solo
I just returned from touring the capitol building where I saw the marble walls, ceiling to floor, and was impressed that it had survived the great earthquake that lifted it off the ground and settled it back down with only damages that could be repaired. I got to see the legislature in session, and learned that they have an electronic scoreboard to record their ayes or nays in the Senate. I was impressed with our tour guide who lived through the earthquake, knew the names of the current leaders of both houses, the upcoming candidates for the Governor, etc. and could give the history of the capitol so eloquently. It was the most interesting tour I've ever had... and ended it by rubbing George Washington's statue's nose for good luck. I highly recommend you visit this place! And if you go in April you see cherry blossoms in bloom along the drive to the building. Also, the tourist information building is at the corner of the entrance and you can take a free shuttle down the main street to the Farmer's Market. I had lunch at the Oyster Bar, and highly recommend that restaurant to you for their oyster stew.
Written April 23, 2012
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Eli K
Vancouver, Canada61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
One might think a walk through a Capitol state building, with all the serious affairs transpiring by the minute, would make one feel as small and unimportant as a bug. Yet this building is so light and airy and the free access to daily deliberations of important legislation in the making is actually quite inspiring. Although the curator adjusted her presentation to match the interests of the 6th grade students visiting on a Friday afternoon as I joined at this time being a random visitor, I absolutely enjoyed the tour... and the beauty, exquisite detail, artistry and the engraved idea that the American people is above all representatives and statesmen (the Capitol representing people's voice is visible from any angle and any side of the building). The centennial carpet in the ballroom for sure remembers that many glamorous ceremonies and celebrations, still holding pride in being the first and largest continuous loop woven carpet in this part of the world. The Alaskan marble has certainly gone a long way from formation and extraction to soaking the equally intricate discussions of statesmen through time. The amount of work that went on during construction and consequent maintenance and preservation for generations to come is mind boggling. All the thought put into this stately building is breathtaking and truly inspiring, much like the work of elected statesmen who continue to write the future of this state.
Written January 24, 2018
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imrico
427 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Pretty cool building. Unfortunately COVID stopped the tour, but managed to get some pictures outside and watched one online to get the experience.
Written July 28, 2020
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AStadt
Victoria, Canada62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
A spectacular huge building with awesome views inside. We visited at 9:30 on a weekday after Labor Day and saw no-one inside except for a street person availing himself of one of the benches. A pamphlet guided us on a self-tour around the interesting sculptures and history of the building. There would have been a guided tour as early as 10 am.
Written September 12, 2019
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JoAnne2013
Preeceville, sk123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Information booth is in an excellent location. Tour was interesting. Grounds are well maintained. Good introduction to state Leg.
Written July 19, 2017
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Jenn S
Richland, WA386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Family
We took our 4 kids, ages 7-13, & had an amazing time! Our guide was great & made the information relevant, engaging & interesting to our kids. They even asked questions that were relevant (we were stunned). Guide did a great job of keeping them present & our 3 boys (ages 9, 11 & 13) now all want to be pages! The 2 oldest said it was the favorite part of our trip to Olympia!
Written February 24, 2017
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Nicole L
Spokane, WA39 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Family
I wanted to share my experience today at the Capital campus. I'm sharing so that others don't have the experience we did.

We traveled from across the state and thought it would be nice to visit the Capital. I get to visit Olympia often myself but not with my husband and two children (ages 11 and 2). We thought we would take a Legislative Building tour, because on the website it says that the tour is target to all groups. This is definitely not the case.

Within five minutes of the tour beginning, the tour guide stopped in the middle of her talk and announced to me that we would have to leave or go somewhere else because my two year old was too disruptive. She was not screaming or crying, she was whispering because I asked her to. She was talking, but not loudly. She was very interested in the building as was the rest of my family.

Now, I had two problems with this. Number one, the website does not say that this tour might be inappropriate for young children. If it had, I would not have even tried to take the tour. Second, it caught me really off guard for the tour guide to call us out when I felt like my child was just being age appropriate...even on good behavior for a two year old! I would understand had I tried to take her on a tour that was specific for older audiences, but there was nothing on the website that said that. In addition, the tour guide said nothing to me as we started. If she would have come up to me at the beginning and said that she wasn't sure this was the right fit for a two year old, that would have been way less intrusive and I would be less upset.

I think they need to change the description on the tour website to say that it is not appropriate for young children. That way, other families won't feel as embarrassed and upset as that tour guide made us feel. I'm

Written September 30, 2016
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Cheri K
Coquitlam, Canada108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Friends
The Legislative Building in Olympia was a relaxing, interesting, and educational experience. It's beautiful inside and out; and the volunteer guide was a wealth of fascinating historical facts that brought it to life. Very impressive place, and on lovely grounds to stroll around on a beautiful day. There are also other similar buildings on the grounds, as part of the complex. I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was, even for children.
Written June 14, 2013
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Jon K
Olympia, WA98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2012 • Family
There aren't many old, impressive buildings in the west. 100 years ago Olympia was mostly dirt roads, so this amazing marble building from the 20s is really something to see if you are into history..
How did Washington get a building like this? After all, California and Nevada have a Capitol campus that looks like 1950s office buildings. Oregon's Capitol is nice enough. Private money is the answer. Some well to do locals wanted Olympia to the state capitol and decided that the best way to make that happen would be to build it. The proceeds from the Capitol Forest (their donation) still contributes money to the genteral fund. These guys had a real atraction to the classics, thus the domed capitol building and several local names such as Delphi Rd.
Written May 22, 2012
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