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“Incredible building, but budget your time”

New York State Capitol
Ranked #1 of 67 things to do in Albany
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880's. Over 125 years old, the building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur. Built by hand of solid masonry, it took 5 architects and 32 years to complete. Over the years meticulous restoration has been done to maintain and protect the Capitol for future generations of New Yorkers.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We walked around to see the buildings in the State Capitol area, wandered in and out and admired the old architecture. BUT ... our time was limited and we made the mistake of entering the Capitol, going though security, then and going way out of our way down the long underground concourse to find out ab out tours of the building ... Turns out you can do a self-guided tour, but because we wasted so much time going through the concourse, we really didn't have the time or the inclination to go back up to the main entrance (where we'd started) and go through security again. So we never did visit the chambers, which I am sure are fabulous if you love old architecture. Oh well. Maybe next time, if we are ever in Albany again.

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"million dollar staircase"
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"beautiful building"
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"guided tour"
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"free tour"
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"senate chamber"
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"new york"
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"amazing architecture"
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"rich history"
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"lots of history"
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"great tour"
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"across the street"
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"corning tower"
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"worth the trip"
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"downtown albany"
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

Amazing architecture!! Interesting tour. Really worth a visit. One of the most fascinating State Capitols I have ever seen.

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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Then this is a must-see (tours available): Built over 50 years (or so) beginning in the 1850s, the Capitol encompasses a numer of architecture styles. Survived a fire in the 1910s that ruined a number of NY Colonial documents. Renovations completed ahead of schedule - skylights uncovered, and the million dollar staircase is truly amazing.

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Reviewed April 3, 2013

Very interesting and informative for the history buff. The ghost stories although interesting were just a sidebar for the history lesson on this tour. A beautiful building and fun Halloween event. Sign up early for this free tour as they do fill up quickly. Regardless of whether you go on the "haunted tour" or just a regular tour it is well worth the time.

6  Thank kgi
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

The outside of the building is breathtaking (especially considering the years in which it was constructed), so I don't know why I was so surprised to see the stunning architectural features inside the building. I didn't feel like I was inside a government building. It was as though I were transported to a medieval castle. The 40 foot ceilings with arches and chandeliers are definitely not what you find in modern buildings. The staircases (Grand West, Assembly and Senate) are all so beautiful and intricate, again, so hard to comprehend that you are in a government building. The assembly and senate chambers are classic with rich colors, 23 carat gold walls, carved stone, massive chandeliers, rich wood ceilings, plush carpets, and much more. I could go on about every feature of the building, but until you see and walk it yourself you can't imagine the beauty and detail in every corner. You can walk around by yourself and soak it all in or you can take the guided tour. The tour is an hour long, and only with a tour can you visit the chambers so that makes the tour essential. You can mill around by yourself afterwards to see all the exhibits. If you are in the area a visit to the capitol building is not to be missed. It's free, which makes it even nicer.

2  Thank Nicole A
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