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Impressive even when closed!

So....the website may say "open" the day after Thanksgiving, rest assured it is not! Still, we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Philip C
A Capitol Experience

The grounds, buildings & statues of the West Virginia State Capitol are perfect for a variety of... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Charleston, West Virginia
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Designed by influential architect Cass Gilbert, this grand building, the highest state capitol dome in the United States, is open to the public for tours and features decadent interior details like marble walls a massive crystal chandelier.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
1900 Kanawha Blvd E, Charleston, WV 25305-0009
+1 304-558-2000
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So....the website may say "open" the day after Thanksgiving, rest assured it is not! Still, we were able to wander around inside - no sight of security, rotunda closed for repairs, and legislative chambers locked. Great grounds, however. Not about to return to Charleston, WV,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Philip C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to the nation's capitol and about ten state capitols and this was the least informative, instructive, and interesting of any. Our guide clearly had a memorized script, which largely consisted of where the marble came from and dates of construction. No anecdotes...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The grounds, buildings & statues of the West Virginia State Capitol are perfect for a variety of occasions from a simple relaxing walk to a glorious wedding.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank 304Beth
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When going inside the various buildings are are security check points where you have to go through a metal detector as well as your purse or personal items going through the x ray screeners. Personell are polite and help to direct you to what area's...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank joanna_walters2002
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting history. Cool structure and monuments along the riverfront. We didn’t stay long. Not teenagers favorite thing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Tiffanie L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After the security check we went to the information desk for a guided tour. Unfortunately the rotunda is closed because of restoration for the next two years. Alex, our guide did a good job and answered all our questions. You will see the senate and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank AmarilisVos
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

Another beautiful State house on our US tour. It’s definitely worth a visit both inside and around at the outside. Spend at least two hours for the visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 57Klas
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

The capitol was beautiful on the outside, but the rotunda was closed for repair. The website said there were tours on Saturdays, but there were not. Another family was also there for a tour. We were told by a capitol employee that there are no...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Patricia K
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Stunning architecture and richly appointed legislative chambers. Fitting for a state capitol of West Virginia.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank BobH1797
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Interior dome under construction. Exterior dome beautiful. Tour guide lacked passion and personality. Loved the chandeliers, variety marble and ceilings.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank IllinoisKate1
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25 July 2018|
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Response from sunshinegirl36 | Reviewed this property |
No tickets needed. Please note we went on a Sunday. The building was empty, no one to answer questions or give any info.-
5 March 2018|
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Response from Bankslover | Reviewed this property |
There is a visitors parking lot on the west (?) end of the capital which I is free. (I think)
25 November 2017|
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Response from Vicki S | Reviewed this property |
23 1/2 karat gold LEAF