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North Carolina State Capitol

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Address: 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1011
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+1 919-733-4994
09:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

The State Capitol building, built in 1840, is an excellent example of a...

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.

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Beautiful and historic

I wish that I had allotted more time here because this is a wonderful and historic building! I'm coming back when I can spend the recommended "one hour minimum"

Reviewed 8 September 2015
Therese H
Memphis, Tennessee
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Roswell NM
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2015

Historical buildings don't always have a story that tells itself, but this one does! The educational displays walk you through the history. We loved peeking into the Governor's office as it used to be. The House and Senate chambers were full of children learning about state history the day we went. The docent made the rooms come alive with fun... More 

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Gallatin, Tennessee, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2015 via mobile

Wonderfully maintained historic state house. Now almost completely a museum, it is perhaps one of the most original in existence. Only the governor's office is active.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Great historical building to get a tour of if you have time. The grounds are also well-maintained and interesting.

Thank Rachel C
Garner, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Raleigh was established and laid out to be the capital city of Raleigh. Before the Civil War, the Capitol was at one end of Fayetteville Street and the Governor's Mansion at the other where the Memorial Auditorium is now. Until the present legislative building was built, the General Assembly met in the Capitol. Since there were very limited meeting spaces,... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

A very neat historic place in downtown Raleigh. This is where everything goes down these days. If you're a North Carolinian, just to know where your State Government is doing the work is important no matter what your political affiliation. This historic capital is very interesting to visit and it's pretty short to go through (and also free).

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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Reviewed 10 September 2015

Toured the Capital grounds then self guided tour of the interior. Went to the History Museum which was filled with many rooms of NC History.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 9 September 2015

Folk's This Area Provides A Learning Experience For Both Adults And Children From The 1912 War Up To The Vietnam War. A Very Humble, Peaceful, Beautiful Relaxing Place Of Reference And Symbol Of Sacrifice Of The War That America Tried To Forget Display Of The Vietnam Veterans Still Waiting To Come Home For A Resting Place Here In North Carolina.

Thank Wynswn55
Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015

I've visited about fifteen state capitals and this one was not as impressive as I have seen in other states; however, maybe that's a good thing that they didn't waste taxpayer money... Beautiful landscaping and interesting visit.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2015

I wish that I had allotted more time here because this is a wonderful and historic building! I'm coming back when I can spend the recommended "one hour minimum"

1 Thank Therese H
Calabash, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2015

Downtown was very quiet on a Saturday. Free parking on streets. Excellent guided tour at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Didn't expect much, but really enjoyed learning about the history of this beautiful building. Many rooms have been restored to their original beauty. Highly recommended.

Thank Eileen M

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