Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Tallahassee

4.6
#3 of 11 in Museums in Tallahassee
Tallahassee was chosen as the territorial capital in 1824. The first territorial government met in log cabins. A capitol building was constructed in 1826 but never completely finished. It was torn down in 1839 for the construction of the present structure, which was completed in 1845, just prior to Florida’s entry into the Union as the 27th state. Additions to the Historic Capitol were made several times throughout the years. Architect Frank Millburn, who added the classical style dome, made the first expansion in 1902. The 1923 additions by Henry Klutho included two new wings and a marble interior. Finally large wings for the House and Senate chambers were added to the north and south ends of the building in 1936 and 1947, respectively.

Threatened with demolition in the late 1970s when the new capitol was built, The Historic Capitol was saved through citizens’ action and was restored to its 1902 appearance. Architectural highlights include the elaborate art glass dome, red and white striped awnings, and a representation of the Florida State Seal over the entry columns. The restoration of The Old Capitol (1978—1982) was conducted under the supervision of the Department of General Services in conjunction with the Department of State. This intensive project of historical and archaeological investigation makes Florida’s former capitol one of the most thoroughly documented restoration projects in the nation.
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  • Reception to honor Annual Teenage Ambassador Awards, was a perfect venue for this event; numerous exhibits throughout the building of Florida's history, including the Civil Rights era.  more »
  • Buildings from the outside beautiful, small and tasteful. Hidden behind the new building. Very pretty with red white sunscreen and beautiful picture in the pediment. Unfortunately outside the opening hours here, therefore rating only from the outside.
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  • Enjoyed going but not worth it unless it's the weekend because of parking & small streets. Of course on weekends you can't visit the historical items on different floors. The fountain was also off on weekends. Oh well...
  • This museum is for free, but accepts donations. It's a real must-see destination. You can check out the items that are important for Florida's History. It takes 3 hours to finish the visit. There is Florida Historic Capitol Museum that is very close this place. You can go visit there for a little donation as well.

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