Kansas State Capitol Building

Kansas State Capitol Building

Kansas State Capitol Building
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Built in 1866, the Capitol building contains magnificent artwork, including murals by native-born artist John Steuart Curry, ornate architectural features and elaborate Senate and House Chambers.
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,583 contributions
Solo
First, I am OBSESSED with the Kansas Capitol dome. Topeka may tie Albany as my favorite Capitol building.

First, this building has a unique limestone foundation that’s cool to see. And second, their rotunda is gorgeous. So many photo ops. And the Kansas state building has something that you might not see anywhere else: an outside dome beyond the inside dome.

I took the historical tour and the tour that allows access to the outer dome. The outer dome tour is 260 winding, narrow steps with no air conditioning, but again, unsure you’ll see anything else like it.

I had the same guide for both tours and she was knowledgeable and nice. She also encouraged us to stop and rest and to go at our own pace on the steps up.

There are many cool artifacts concerning Kansas. Some beautiful murals and statues. You can see the house and senate chambers. People are essentially allowed to roam the building freely, at least when congress isn’t in session.

If you’re near or in Topeka, this is a must do. A midway point between my initial stop in Abilene and my destination of Kansas City, MO.
Written August 9, 2022
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Mixa's Travels
Oldsmar, FL2,890 contributions
Couples
We took the History Tour at 11:00AM with Darren then returned for the 1:15PM Dome Tour with Darren. On the History Tour, we learned about the Capitol, the time to build it over many years. We ad views of the murals that depict Kansas over the years from Spanish Explorers to Lewis & Clark to the Chisholm Trail to Trains and more. We visited the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court (initially in the Capitol now in Judicial Building). We learned about the Dome, the murals in it and various aspects of it.
On the Dome Tour - we first saw various murals and learned there history on the fifth floor. Then the tour begins climbing stairs along the wall to eventually be outside the inner dome and below the outside dome. Here a narrow balcony circles the wall inside the outer dome. From this point there is a stairwell basically suspended from this level to the door then to a tight spiral staircase leading to the Cupola. Here one can actually go outside. I only made it to this balcony as the suspended stairs (with a vertigo issue) did not seem smart. I had been to the top of El Duomo in Florence which was taller but staircase was not suspended. Both tours are terrific- even if you just go to the level before the final staircase it is still good for those who may not want to all the way to the top. We highly recommend these tours.
Written July 3, 2022
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bustrorl
Leawood, KS582 contributions
Friends
What a Beautiful historic building in Topeka Kansas. The hand-painted ceiling is amazing and definitely worth seeing in this historic capital building. Well worth the visit.
Many of the businesses surrounding the capital are gone which is a shame. We had to leave the area to find a restaurant. I cannot recommend visiting the Kansas state capitol building more it is a must see in Topeka Kansas
Written September 11, 2020
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newengland50
Franklin, MA461 contributions
The State Capitol Building was fully renovated and it's a great and beautiful place to visit. One tour is a walking tour of the building. The guide was knowledgeable about the building's history. It was an informative and enjoyable tour.

The second tour was a bit more adventuresome and fewer people took it. It included climbing stair to reach higher into the building and to see more of its structure. Then, we reached a point where some people decided not to go further. We climbed steel stairs that rose high above the interior dome (see photo). If you fear heights, the second portion of this tour is definitely not for you. Next, we reached the top of the building and had an opportunity to go outside (it's safe) and see a high, panoramic view. It was spectacular and worth the climb.

Both tours are free. There is also a nice little store.
Written January 5, 2020
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Written February 7, 2020
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Gena R
32 contributions
This is a beautiful building to tour. We missed the dome tour, but will plan on that next time. There is plenty to see and explore without doing the full tour. It is well laid out what you are allowed to see and what is off limits.
Written August 10, 2022
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Les J
Murrieta, CA630 contributions
Couples
My wife’s a retired history instructor, so she loves visiting state capitals. And we’ve visited many! I’ve also come to appreciate the experience. This was one of the best. We were part of a group of 4, guided by Joe, on the 1:00 Thursday tour. The facility could be self-guided, but we’ve found that the personal touch of an engaging guide can make a good experience great. And Joe did!
Written September 3, 2022
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Lauren Z
Topeka, KS5 contributions
We had the time to tour this Capitol Building. Glad we did. The remodeling was carefully creative to bring the feel back to when it was built. There are several tours to chose from...and one to walk up to the top!
Written May 23, 2020
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Written May 29, 2020
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AndyB5542
Minneapolis, MN3,779 contributions
Family
We stopped in to visit. No tours were available, but you can walk around and see the building on your own.

Both the Senate and Representatives chambers were open, as was the Supreme Court.

The rotunda is quite impressive. All of the artwork is great to see.
Written June 8, 2020
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Written September 3, 2020
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Denise K
Woodridge, Illinois, United States459 contributions
My son loves visiting Capitols. We added this one at the last minute while on our vacation. I am glad we did. It is our favorite capitol so far out of the 6 we have been to. The art work is nice and the bottom floor was almost like a museum. We got to see the Senate, House and Supreme Court. There were no guided tours but we did get a booklet for a self guided tour.
Written July 26, 2020
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Written September 3, 2020
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Armypeople
Falls Church, VA44 contributions
Don't be put off by the scaffolding outside or the renovations process. If you are in Topeka, go to the capitol! Very informative guided tour given and you can go to the tippy top of the dome! Uncommonly beautiful old-time interior decorations, shiny copper and brass railings, unbelievably lovely murals. Don't miss it.
Written June 16, 2009
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