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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: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 1, 2014

Really ? The majority of people are off on the weekends and Albany, like any state capital, is busy on weekdays. Why would you close the capitol building on the weekend when people have time to visit and see the place without the hustle and bustle.
The building is nice from the outside, well maintained, and very grand. The inside ? Who knows, we were there on a Saturday so it was locked up tight.

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Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a beautiful building, a jewel that people of New York state can be proud of. There are also free tours at 10 a.m.

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Reviewed July 31, 2014

We kept reading about the beauty of the NY Capitol, so we drove into Albany,parked in the North ramp, walked right into the Capitol through a security check of course, found the tour desk on the first floor, told our home state and off we went. No reservations, no fee (gratuity accepted but never requested or even mentioned), easy walking as elevators used and plenty of places to sit. This tour would appeal to all ages, as it is anything but dry. Yes, you get history of the building and descriptions of the building materials, but there is always something of interest to see--the Minton floor tiles, the carvings, the stain glass, the ceiling in the Governor's reception area, the glass roof, the stencil ing, the million dollar stairway, etc.
Since we were visiting in the summer, we sat in the Senate gallery, but right in the desks in the Assembly and even posed for photos at the Speaker's podium. While restoration work continues, it did not interfere with the tour.
Our guide, Morgan, answered all sorts of questions and after 23 years of guiding tours, he had plenty of stories. We really enjoyed him! We would love to spend more time in the gallery of former governors --there were portraits and placards of all of the governors and a timeline of significant national events interspersed. Very well done.

2  Thank Torte_Sue
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Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

We toured the Capitol without a guide, as our kids would not have had the patience for that. However, the stairs and elevators themselves were interesting enough to make this visit worthwhile. Just watch the elevators while they go up and down - amazing construction.

Thank Jessica G
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Reviewed July 24, 2014

There are regular guided tours offered for free at this remarkable place. The building is huge and the design masterful. The "million dollar" staircase is a work of art. Don't miss this while in Albany.

1  Thank Leo B
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