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“Very interesting history behind becoming a state (#23)”
Review of State House

Ranked #6 of 23 things to do in Augusta
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Owner description: The seat of government in Augusta.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First a couple tips for your visit here: 1) the entrance is at the back of the Capitol building not up the front stairs
2) tours are on the hour 9-12 but if you miss that you may be able to arrange a shorter tour if the on the hour tour didn't take place. We did this and the guide was sooo accommodating and informative, knowledgeable, personable and funny.

Very interesting to hear about how the state government functions. Quite different from many other states. It's the only state that has always had Native American Tribal representatives. All committees have representatives from the Senate as well as the House. When a vote is cast in the Senate or House you cannot leave until you have voted. And when you vote you have two choices: yes or no. There is no abstaining!

Afterwards went to the gift shop for a Christmas ornament souvenir of our visit. The woman who runs the gift shop was one of the nicest people at a cash register that we have ever met.

Lastly, at this my 20th capitol building visit, I learned that there is a souvenir passport book that gets stamped for each capitol you visit. The great news is that in the back of the book is an address where you can request stamps for the capitols you have visited but didn't get stamps for. Unlike the National Park Service these passports are not displayed which is very similar to the Presidential library passport (as an FYI)


Worth the visit just for how lovely everyone is

Thank edieann
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a constituent I've been in the State House numerous times. It's a fine building and for visitors, a remarkable opportunity to see this state's convening of constituents and neighbors taking on the really massive challenge of representation. The building complex is inviting as well as historic. The grounds leading down to the river are a manageable adventure especially in the summer. Exploring the halls filled with flags and offices of state leaders is a wonderful memory for kids as well as adults. Even the food service is welcoming and unpretentious. As much as media glimpses of government are discouraging, personal explorations of this State House has been inspiring.

Thank Ken E
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Reviewed 19 July 2017

We have seen all the lower 48 state capitols. This was the 43rd one we visited.

It is a nice state capitol. We really enjoyed touring it and we enjoyed the gorgeous view from the balcony on the upper floor.

We discovered several state capitols in the Northeast do not have capitol domes or if they do they are not open to the public. Maine has a nice dome and my favorite part of any capitol is standing in the Rotunda and looking up the Dome - you can do that here!

Ask to see their butterfly collection (see photos) - it's tucked away in the corner of a room.

Thank nowincolorado
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

We picked up a self-guided tour brochure for the state building. (We had wanted to take the guided tour, but they had a LOT of students that day.) The building is impressive, the grounds are stately and I must say that everyone we encountered were very friendly and accommodating. It's a nice way to spend an hour in Augusta. Walk across the street to see the State Museum - another hour well spent.

Thank JulieCirlin
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Reviewed 13 May 2017

Seeing this building will be the highlight of your trip to Augusta. It is a grand and majestic building. Well kept up. Stands out in the neighborhood. The dome is made of copper. But when we visited it, it was nog light green (corrosion color of copper), but more dark brownish. Give it time...

Thank WorldTravelOne
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