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“Beautifully restored building” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Old State House

Old State House
Ranked #11 of 62 things to do in Hartford
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Owner description: The Old State House is a registered National Landmark and open to the public year-round. The restored historic chambers, and grounds are now the site of events such as exhibits, curiosity museum, hands-on history, guided/self-guided tours and more! It is managed by the Connecticut General Assembly
Holland, Michigan
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Beautifully restored building”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2013 via mobile

Admission is gained through a ticket office on the lower level. Guided tours cost the same as unguided. We were glad that we chose the guided version and appreciated the insights that our guide, Ron, provided. The building itself has been through many changes over the years, but has been restored to its original state.
Don't miss the great museum on the lowest level, "thirty feet under the bricks". Its great for all ages, but especially geared toward kids.

Visited December 2013
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Westchester, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Finally stopped and visited”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2013

For years, we have driven along interstate 84 and have never stopped but have always noticed the beautiful gold domed old statehouse in view from the highway. Finally this last trip through Hartford, we stopped and took a self guided tour of this wonderful old building. Definitely worth the visit.

Visited September 2013
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Boardman, Ohio
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“Nicely restored building”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2013

This Old State House has served a variety of functions in Connecticut, including being the location where parts of the famous Amistad case were heard. It was very well restored, although there was not a lot of information on signs about the different rooms and the history of each. I took the self guided tour and received a laminated visitor guide from the main desk, most of the information in this guide was the same as what showed up on the one sign in each room. There was a good little orientation film. There is also a small museum in the basement level, geared towards kids, about the importance of history and the history of the Hartford area. Being a state attraction, this is definitely geared towards Connecticut residents. If you are out of state, you might find it less interesting. I also thought the price of the self guided tour should have been less than the guided tour option.

Visited August 2013
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Newington, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A must see in Hartford”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2013

Today we went here. It is a nominal fee to get in. My son participated in the scavenger hunt he won a prize. My son loved this. The museum downstairs is interactive and informative. There is a place where you can build Hartford in during different times. There are explanations of street names. There is mark twains bicycle. There is a fragment of the charter oak here. There are artifacts for different decades. There is an exhibit on Hartford disasters. Inside the displays is a 1912 hartford fire truck. There are small movies here. There are also many other things here. On the first floor there is the governors office and a baseball exhibit. The second floor has the statue of justice. There is a plague here about it. The plagues are very informative. So you should read them. The senate chamber is home to the original presidential portrait of George Washington. Across from there is a room for the house of representatives. Then there is the curiosity museum. There is a 2 headed calf and pig. Overall a deal. X rating 7.9

Visited June 2013
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Meaghan M, Public Relations Manager at Old State House, responded to this review, 27 June 2013
We're so glad that you and your son enjoyed your visit! Thanks for spending your day with us!
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Wallingford, Connecticut
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“Very informative...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2013

This place was pretty neat-o. If you live in Connecticut, or want to know a little bit on Connecticut's history, then this is the place for you. This place has lots of history about both the state house and Connecticut. Come visit this place today! :D

Visited April 2013
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