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North Carolina State Capitol
Ranked #18 of 155 things to do in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The State Capitol building, built in 1840, is an excellent example of a civic structure in Greek Revival-style architecture. Though recently renovated, the building does contain some original furniture.
Reviewed April 16, 2013

For security the first thing requested is your id and that you go through a metal detection gate. But this is handled fast and in a welcoming way. The third floor was our kids' favorite with an old library on one side and rock collection on the other side. A place worth stopping as full of history.

2  Thank JC_CharlotteNC
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

I took my international house guests to the State Capital and we enjoyed a lovely day of walking and eating..... plus stops at the museums...The loved the NASCAR exhibit....

2  Thank Northcountrychick
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Very cool restoration of the Capital building for the Tar Heel State. Grounds represent some important figures in the NC and National History of this Country. Inside take a guided tour of the old Capital Bldg to see how she looked immediately prior and through the Civil War.

While there on March 23rd took in a free lecture on Mjr Bryan Grimes (CSA) given by a local history professor. Lots of Am. Civil War history to the taking....all w/out charge.

1  Thank JPSaleebyMD
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Reviewed March 22, 2013

in this small capital..smaller than my capital ..AUstin, Tx..but there are alot of historic figuers here..and well worth while

1  Thank Marta E
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

Visited the much touted state capitol. There are only two rooms open - the old senate chamber and the old house/congressional chamber. The place has history but that is about all. A statue of George Washington is in the rotunda - the original was destroyed by some "horrible event" which did the original in(maybe it was when a confederate soldier purportedly fell through the roof). The governor's ceremonial office is in the Capitol - go figure - and he wasn't there but you could, as I was told "peek in" - don't know who his decorator is but let's just say it is not much to look at. The grounds are a Hodgepodge of statues and memorials erected over the years - clearly without a plan...NOT attractive. I know the budget to maintain these places in NC has been cut back dramatically over the years and especially with this new administration - shame on them. Any state capitol building should be well maintained - especially the grounds. Maybe some of the politicians should give up some of their perks to revamp what could be a great tourist destination.

1  Thank Eric007Maryland
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