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Michigan State Capitol

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Address: Capitol Avenue at Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48906
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+1 517-373-2353
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Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992, this building has...

Designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1992, this building has served as Michigan's seat of state government since its completion in 1879.

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Beautiful Period Restored Capitol Building

Restored from once almost total decrepitude into one of the prettiest of State Capitols. Taken back to very close to what it looked like when first built (with the exception of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Trout Lake, Michigan
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Trout Lake, Michigan
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Restored from once almost total decrepitude into one of the prettiest of State Capitols. Taken back to very close to what it looked like when first built (with the exception of electric lighting). Original wallpaper copied, woodwork repaired and painted as original, lighting fixtures matched, overhead stained glass ceilings in House, Senate and center dome that are a must see.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I feel everyone should visit their local capital and see what goes on there and maybe even get the chance to sit in a room. I don't feel little children would like it since sometimes tours need to be quiet.

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Thank rlegal78
Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I dropped by on a Saturday morning. Surprised to find free guided tours around . It has an unique architecture and style. The guides were well informed and very courteous.

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Thank Saranrajk
Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Take the time to take a tour, the guides are absolutely top-notch. This is a beautiful building with a rich history. The House and Senate meet Monday through Thursday, check the schedule ahead of time to catch them in action.

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Thank Erin Z
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the great 19th Century architectural gems which has been lovingly restored to its former glory. Originally built between 1872-8, it was opened on January 1st 1879. Elijah Meyers of Springfield Illinois was the architect and he won the design commission through a competition. The success of his design resulted in Meyers designing more state capitols than... More 

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Thank Robert N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not in Michigan for the last 19 months, and I hope to leave the Twin Cities (which I detest) and return to Lansing soon. I have been in love with the Capitol since I first went there on a kindergarten field trip - many, many moons ago. I've been there hundreds of times and never get bored of stepping... More 

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Columbus, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nicely restored capitol building - there's a lot of artwork (murals, etc.) and the dome interior is impressive. Portraits of past governors are everywhere - be sure to look out for the controversial "unfinished" portrait of former Gov. John Swainson (it had us scratching our heads for a while, but at least made us look his biography up online... More 

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Thank interceptpubs
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For those interested in Michigan history, historical politics, or politics of the modern day, the State Capitol building is a great attraction to visit for both Michigan residents and non-residents alike. The architecture is amazing, the historical aspect is educational, and the guided tours add great depth to what you can learn. If you're able to, and the governing body... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restoration of this great old building is a credit to the state of Michigan and its people and its history. Great job! (I'm glad they did it many years ago -- the state would never spend that money today. Instead, they'd tear it down and build a glass and metal monstrosity.) You'll need about an hour minimum, if you... More 

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Adrian, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There are free guided tours every hour, leaving from the ground floor, the floor below the flag display. If you get one when school is not in session and the legislature is not in session, it will be quiet and you will almost have a personal tour and learn a lot that you wouldn't learn looking at things by yourself:... More 

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