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Washington State Capital Museum

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Address: 211 SW 21st Avenue, Olympia, WA 98501
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+1 360-753-2580
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Small museum near the Capitol building.

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What a beautiful building, if you can time it to make one of the tours please do but even if you can't, the building is amazing just to stroll around. Great history

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful building, if you can time it to make one of the tours please do but even if you can't, the building is amazing just to stroll around. Great history

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love this place. It's a great place to go for a nice trip with the family. Even if your not a history buff you can check out the amazing deco.

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Thank Cody V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I had enjoy this place, it has so much rich history and the beauty within the building, evening outside is beautiful. I love for what it stand for and how the system is manage. I recommend this place for anybody that wants to learn about our justice system. Great history to learn for the whole family.

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

The docents do a great job of giving visitors an overview of the capital itself and those things that make it special. Tours are on the hour and the one that we were on was just my son and I. It gave us the opportunity to interact with the docent and made the tour all the more interesting.

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Olympia, Washington
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Although a lot of people have mistakenly reviewed this as the state capital, this listing actually refers to the state capital MUSEUM on 21st Avenue, which has been closed since April, 2014. Too bad, because it was really a nice little museum.

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2015

Provides great history of Washington State. Recommend coupling it with a Capitol tour to enjoy the full experience!

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sarasota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

construction made it hard to get around and the capital was much better. sort of a statewide welcome station than a true capital museum

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Palm Bay, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2014

We did a self guided tour of the museum. Their were many displays -- paintings, sculptures, etc. Even artwork done by various school children in the area.

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Thank Ronald G
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2014 via mobile

Located in the old Lord Mansion, the museum is a little hard to locate. Use GPS to find. Give yourself 1 hr to tour the limited content. The museum is primarily historic/modern photos of Olympia "then and now" with accompanying text. Most of the info I had already seen on the internet before arrival in town. Very few artifacts were... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2014 via mobile

First, many people are confused about the Capital museum, wondering 1) why it's not in the domed building down the street and b) why they misspelled the name. The museum is really about the city, the Capital, not the building. Technically, Washington does not have a Capitol. The official name of the building is the Legislative Building. This creates more... More 

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