North Carolina State Capitol, Raleigh

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Government Building · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
The North Carolina State Capitol is the former seat of the legislature of the U.S. state of North Carolina which housed all of the state's government until 1888. The Supreme Court and State Library moved into a separate building in 1888, and the General Assembly moved into the State Legislative Building in 1963. Today, the governor and their immediate staff occupy offices on the first floor of the Capitol.

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  • Walking through the historic state capital building is worth the time. Entry is free. The architecture is beautiful and history is interesting. It is said the building is haunted…I didn’t see any...  more »
  • One of the less ostentatious state Capitols out there. Simple, elegant, compact. If you are lucky one of the volunteer docents will give you a tour.  more »
  • The tour guide was very enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and passionate about the tour which lends to a more entertaining and interesting experience. You do have to climb a lot of steps so be prepared with good shoes. The tour guide was very accommodating and was sure to let us know in advance of tight spaces and narrow climbs so you could opt out at parts of the tour. We had been on a regular tour some many years ago and this was by far so much better. We also had a good group of like minded history oriented people so that made it even better. We finished up with light snacks on the second floor portico overlooking the grounds.
  • I am not much into history but my boyfriend is. I had previously been here years ago but last year we went and I took him here. He enjoyed all of it. He loves history. Great architecture here. I do like the library that is on one of the top floors. I personally thought it was the nicest room in the capitol. NC history is interesting and this capitol building teaches you a lot about it. It was pretty cool to see a glimpse of the offices as well that people work in into the building. The staff are very friendly including the security guard. The decor inside is great. The place is clean. Bathrooms are very old school as you would expect in his building. They have not been updated. It isn't a huge building but it is great for what it is. The governor's office is right on the first floor. Monuments outside and inside. Free to visit. I believe they do have tours but we went near the end of the day and they did not have anymore tours. Well manicured lawns and grounds. It really is beautiful outside. All history buffs should visit this place if you are in Raleigh for a visit. Must-see. It is close by (across the street) to the NC Museum of History and NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

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