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North Carolina State Capitol

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

The North Carolina State Capital is a old building which had a part in NC's history especially Civil War history. It is not very well labeled and have guards that can be critical... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 August 2015
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Massapequa, New York
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Massapequa, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2015

The North Carolina State Capital is a old building which had a part in NC's history especially Civil War history. It is not very well labeled and have guards that can be critical of visitors.

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Grovetown, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Certainly the least grand capitol building I've seen. Still very intersting. WAY too many confederate memorials, but what are you gonna do? Fun to stroll around in.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

The guards were not very helpful to tourists and one kept talking to another staff member. The governor is the only one with an office in the building which is why the guards are there. There isn't too much architecturally to see. The statue of Washington in a toga is odd. The original rooms are restored upstairs.

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1 Thank EJRTRIP
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2015

We did a quick tour and the guy was very informational! I loved hearing all the random facts about NC and the fun stories!

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2015 via mobile

We did a self guided tour and found the building and the history very interesting. The historic flags were amazing. Don't miss the top floor and the geologic office. And notice the chipped stairs from a wheel barrow hauling wood upstairs for the chamber fireplaces.

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Yabucoa, Puerto Rico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015

We were impressed by all the statues of warriors from past wars. Now with all the controversy about the Confederate flag, it is refreshing to see a balanced approach to honoring the soldiers from all past wars. We enjoyed walking around with our two sons who came from CT to meet us in North Carolina. We took plenty of pictures... More 

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2015

The guided tour really brought the story of the capital to life. The guide was very knowledgeable on the history of North Carolina and the building itself. The tour is well worth it.

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Apex, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2015

After undergoing security check, like in the airports but without taking off your shoes, you will feel transported to the past when you enter this building. The cupola is our favorite view from inside, and then there is a small library on the second floor.. There is nothing to dislike, just wonder around and explore every nook and cranny!

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2015

The NC State Capitol did not have a whole lot to show, so don't expect hours of content. If you're curious about how the House and Senate look, though, you should check it out.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

If you are in downtown Raleigh you should stop in. Not for entertainment but a great learning experience.

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