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Address: 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903
Phone Number: 401-222-2357
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9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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This imposing marble building houses King Charles' 1663 charter of the...

This imposing marble building houses King Charles' 1663 charter of the Rhode Island colony.

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Rhode Island may the the smallest state in the union but its State House is second to none in terms of beauty. The majestic exterior is picture-worthy on its own but the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nick F
Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Rhode Island may the the smallest state in the union but its State House is second to none in terms of beauty. The majestic exterior is picture-worthy on its own but the architecture and design of the interior is truly breathtaking.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only open for tours during the week. This building is especially worth a look even if you only get to see the outside. Perched high on a hill it is hard to miss if you are in Providence RI. The building dates to early 1900's and has a self supporting marble dome. It is as impressive from the back side... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sadly, the building was closed to visitors when I went, so I wasn't able to get inside, and can't comment on that element in my review. However, from outside, the building is majestic to look at and photograph. It's in a central location in Providence, perched up on a hill, so it's visible from quite long distances away. Built in... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The stone is so beautiful and delicate Despite its similarities with D.C. buildings, the R.I. State House is definitely more European and extravagant in my opinion

Adrian, Michigan
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1,881 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 705 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I really enjoyed my visit to the State House. I have visited more than half of the state capitol buildings in the US and this one certainly ranks favorably among them. The building sets majestically on a hill and creates an impressive view from the edge of town. The architecture is classically styled with a traditional domed appearance and was... More 

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key west, United States
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This is a beautiful building with lots of history. Too bad that the typical politician that has worked here has their hand in the public cookie jar.

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Trinidad, California
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

A beautiful statehouse designed by Stanford White's firm. An original Gilbert Stuart painting of George Washington, an amazing library with really nice librarians working there, Civil War cannon in the lobby -- every square foot is packed with something more wonderful and beautiful.

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Barrington, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

...but it has a great state house, featuring a rare unsupported dome. You can enter and walk around for free, and it's worth doing so, even if parking proves to be a slight challenge. Very magnificent.

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New Providence Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

A far too well-kept secret, this McKim, Mead White building, constructed between 1895 and 1900, is a true gem of design, art, and history. Beautifully restored, all aspects of the building are worth the visit. However, the State Library, located between the Senate and House Chambers on the second floor, is especially outstanding. Unfortunately, at the moment, the building is... More 

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Annapolis, Maryland
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

On a hill looking toward the downtown, the Capitol Plaza is an impressive public space dominated by a c.1900 capitol building closely modeled on the US Capitol. Made of white Georgia model, the structure is pedantically classical, but done with attention to detail in all the architectural carving, laid out with faithful classical proportions, making a thoroughly impressive whole. For... More 

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