Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Tallahassee

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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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  • Had some time to kill and stopped by the capitol. The museum is free and is self guided. There are rooms dedicated to aspects of Florida's political history, and you can see the old Senate and...  more »
  • Three floors of history about Florida, its legislature and laws, and the state house will satisfy any history buff. The students loved the scavenger hunt also.  more »
  • This is a beautiful old restored building. The exhibits are top notch. Great for kids...check out the moon lander simulator for kids in the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing exhibit that will be up until December. Typically visitors spend about 45 minutes here. There is public visitor parking lot about 200 yards to the southeast. Tons of handicap parking!
  • It's free. There is no reason not to go. They have quite a bit of exhibits. History buffs will love. Only complaint, no wifi.

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