North Carolina State Capitol

North Carolina State Capitol

North Carolina State Capitol
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Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The State Capitol building, built in 1840, is an excellent example of a civic structure in Greek Revival-style architecture. Though recently renovated, the building does contain some original furniture.
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  • NW748
    Washington410 contributions
    Nice tour
    We enjoyed our tour of the capitol building. We happened to make it in time for the guided tour and it was about 45 minutes long. The tour is free which is nice. You can also do a self guided tour of the building but you can learn so much more with the guided one. The building is very pretty. Don’t miss learning about the George Washington statue inside the building- it’s quite the interesting story.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 21, 2023
  • Jack
    Des Moines, Iowa8 contributions
    Great place to learn about the state of North Carolina
    Located near downtown, the capitol building has a lot of history to be shared. I in particular enjoyed the architecture of the exterior and interior. Employees are very friendly too. I am docking one star because it is rather dated inside and hasn't seen touchups in who knows how many years and it felt a bit eerie because of that.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Lisa P
    Woodridge, Illinois655 contributions
    Very well kept grounds!
    It was like a ghost town. No one was around on a Monday and then again a Thursday afternoon. The Capitol is very pretty and well kept. Very clean. They run tours daily. It such a staple location they way it sits in downtown Raleigh. Great park and monuments are also on the grounds.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 17, 2023
  • rhundt67
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin393 contributions
    Under Construction, but Nice Walk
    Capitol is currently under construction. It is, by far, one of the smallest capitols I've seen, but it is surrounded by a nice park area with various statues to check out (especially if into Geocaching). It's right by the museums, so stop by and at least see it.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 20, 2023
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rhundt67
Milwaukee, WI393 contributions
Aug 2023
Capitol is currently under construction. It is, by far, one of the smallest capitols I've seen, but it is surrounded by a nice park area with various statues to check out (especially if into Geocaching). It's right by the museums, so stop by and at least see it.
Written 20 August 2023
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,451 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family

We have always loved to visit State Capitols whenever we are in a different State, and find ourselves in the Capital City. We love admiring the architecture, the various artworks, and stand under the Rotunda while learning the history via the guided tours. We came downtown to do just that, but unfortunately, the entire building was closed to visitors because of construction. We could only walk around the perimeter – where we saw several Statues, Monuments and nicely maintained Grounds. It was very nice to learn that three of our Presidents hailed from this State.

We were extremely disappointed at not being to see the place from the inside, but left with the hope that it will be resplendent by the time of our next visit to see the family next year.
Written 16 July 2023
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Kate Illinois1
Illinois4,722 contributions
May 2023
Small capitol building. We were walking around the grounds and a friendly security man approached us to see if we had questions or need help finding the visitor's entrance. Then, we had a direct opposite encounter with a different gentleman sitting at the visitor's desk. I asked if there were any tours on that day. He sternly said "NO we don't have tours and you are lucky that you get to even see the building". Pause "It's closing this week indefinitely for repairs" as he handed us a pamphlet and directed to proceed down the hall. Both the visitor's desk encounter and the interior was an unimpressive visit.
Written 20 May 2023
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Lisa P
Woodridge, IL655 contributions
Mar 2023
It was like a ghost town. No one was around on a Monday and then again a Thursday afternoon. The Capitol is very pretty and well kept. Very clean. They run tours daily. It such a staple location they way it sits in downtown Raleigh. Great park and monuments are also on the grounds.
Written 17 March 2023
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Jack
Des Moines, IA8 contributions
Mar 2023
Located near downtown, the capitol building has a lot of history to be shared. I in particular enjoyed the architecture of the exterior and interior. Employees are very friendly too. I am docking one star because it is rather dated inside and hasn't seen touchups in who knows how many years and it felt a bit eerie because of that.
Written 11 March 2023
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Climber781704
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Couples
Small capitol in comparison to most. I wish there had been a guided tour and a gift shop. They are NOT open on Sundays as listed on some websites.
Written 3 March 2023
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Catherine B
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Solo
I’m from Florida visiting for three weeks. I planned my downtown trip to specifically see the magnificent State Capital building and beautiful churches in close proximity. Unfortunately the parking is incomprehensible. I parked on the street very close to the Capital building this morning and found that the parking payment kiosk would not accept any of my credit cards, including two different visa debit cards, a Visa card and a Mastercard. I moved my vehicle and started over on a different machine. Same results. I ended up just driving by and taking a couple of pictures from the car. Apparently they want you to purchase a parking pass. Not happening. I’ve traveled this country quite a bit and never have encountered a less tourist friendly city. There are lots of great places to spend your money in North Carolina but Raleigh isn’t one of them. Obviously I don’t recommend 😢👎
Written 13 February 2023
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NW748
Washington410 contributions
Jan 2023 • Friends
We enjoyed our tour of the capitol building. We happened to make it in time for the guided tour and it was about 45 minutes long. The tour is free which is nice. You can also do a self guided tour of the building but you can learn so much more with the guided one. The building is very pretty. Don’t miss learning about the George Washington statue inside the building- it’s quite the interesting story.
Written 21 January 2023
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msny
3 contributions
Feb 2022
Interesting and accessible. Self guided tour of the building, with its legislative chambers, library. The park around it is beautifully maintained, with historical statues. State Courts across the street
Written 13 January 2023
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,852 contributions
Oct 2022
There is parking within walking distance. The tour itself that I took was self-guided and enables you to see three floors of the building. Screening required entering the building, with the Information Desk providing a map of the building.
Written 20 October 2022
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