Michigan State Capitol, Lansing

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Michigan State Capitol is the building that houses the legislative branch of the government of the U.S. state of Michigan. It is in the portion of the state capital of Lansing which lies in Ingham County. The present structure, at the intersection of Capitol and Michigan Avenues, is a National Historic Landmark that houses the chambers and offices of the Michigan Legislature as well as the ceremonial offices of the Governor of Michigan and Lieutenant Governor. Historically, this is the third building to house the Michigan government.
The first state capitol was in Detroit, the original capital of Michigan, and was relocated to Lansing in 1847, due to the need to develop the state's western portion and for better defense from British troops stationed in Windsor, Ontario.
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  • As history teachers a trip to the capital was a fun day trip for the two of us. The laws are well kept and touring the inside was a very cool experience. The structure of the building is magnificent and quite stunning. There are a couple of streets that give you really neat views of the building from farther away too. There are many restaurants in walking distance and the Michigan History museum is also close by!
  • The Michigan State Capital building is a definite destination when in Lansing, especially if you're a state capital aficionado. First, the support services are one of, if not the best, I've encountered. If you cannot take the time for a guided tour (which I do recommend you make time to take) there are two excellent brochures guides. If you find yourself in between the hourly tours, us the guide for the Capital grounds and architectural details. The ground's numerous monuments, and their historical context are explained as well of an outstanding review of the many architectural features of the Capital's exterior features. I kept the architectural vocabulary page for future reference since it was so complete yet small.Another activity to do while waiting for a tour to begin, is to read the some of the many exhibition panels in the comfortable public waiting room.

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