Pennsylvania State Capitol

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The Pennsylvania State Capitol is the seat of government for the U.S.

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Dec 2, 2023
We sauntered up to the Capitol grounds on a chilly Thanksgiving. The building is scaled monumentally, set on a hill in Harrisburg. It is more ornate and detailed then the average capitol, with some… Full review by Shawn H
Oct 28, 2023
This place is absolutely stunning. We always try to visit a state capitol building whilst in the US and I have got to say all the others are going to pale into insignificance after this one. We wer… Full review by Rita S
Oct 24, 2023
This is a magnificient building both inside and outside. To see the interior, you must join a tour. We didn't sign up in advance but they just let us join the next tour anyway, which included the S… Full review by Michael K

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Architectural style:Beaux-Arts
Construction completed:1906
Construction started:1902

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Hello, I saw your review about the state capitol. I'm planning on being in Harrisburg March 15-19. I plan to see the capital …
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Hello, I saw your review about the state capitol. I'm planning on being in Harrisburg March 15-19. I plan to see the capital building. Do you have any other recommendations? We will have a car so we can travel out a bit.
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If you like Mexican/Spanish food, Sunday brunch at El Sol in historic area of Harrisburg is great. They have a margarita bar that is fun. Also Midtown Scholar bookstore, great place …
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If you like Mexican/Spanish food, Sunday brunch at El Sol in historic area of Harrisburg is great. They have a margarita bar that is fun. Also Midtown Scholar bookstore, great place for second-hand and new books, a coffee, just hanging out. Susquehanna Art Museum is great, a small fee but worth it. The museum can be done in an hour or so, some very interesting exhibits there. I'd also recommend Gettysburg and the Penn Dutch area if interested. If you are interested in the Penn Dutch lifestyle, you might be able to find places where you can go to dinner with a family to see their home and learn more about their lifestyle. The theme parks are OK if that's your thing, but they are on a smaller scale compared to places like Disney--they are OK but I feel folks should know that going in.
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Why was the pool red in 2009?
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It was red - so that when the fountain was in use it would look pink as the water moved, for Breast Cancer Awareness October 2009. Nicely done. You can see pictures online - Enjoy!
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Our church is taking a trip to PA to visit Hershey Park during July While in PA i would like us to tour the capital building …
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Our church is taking a trip to PA to visit Hershey Park during July While in PA i would like us to tour the capital building ,I would like to know do we need to book for a group tour of the capital building.
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I'm pretty sure you do not need a reservation but I would call ahead for tour times and cost. Have Fun!
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What areas are included in the tour? Is there a lot of walking or is it mostly talking? Do you take the stairs or elevators? …
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What areas are included in the tour? Is there a lot of walking or is it mostly talking? Do you take the stairs or elevators? Where do you meet for the tour to begin? Would it be interesting for my 12 yr old? Thanks in advance!
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We had a half hour tour. There is some walking but not strenous. We would walk to an area and the tour guide would speak. We saw the Senate, the House of Representatives …
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We had a half hour tour. There is some walking but not strenous. We would walk to an area and the tour guide would speak. We saw the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme court area. It was pretty amazing and grand enough for kids to be excited about it. There was a little boy on our tour and he seemed happy. It was free.
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How much is a guided tour for adults & children? How long does it take?
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I believe the guided tours are free. There is no mention of a fee in a brochure we picked up on-site, and no mention of a fee on the web site for the State Capitol. The tours last 30 …
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I believe the guided tours are free. There is no mention of a fee in a brochure we picked up on-site, and no mention of a fee on the web site for the State Capitol. The tours last 30 minutes. Monday through Friday, the tours run every half hour from 8:30 AM to 4 PM. Weekends and holidays, tours are offered at 9 AM and 11 AM, and 1 PM and 3 PM. And there are self-guided brochures available at the information desk if you want to go that route.
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