Virginia Capitol Building represents a National Historic Landmark designed by Benjamin Franklin and French architect Charles-Louis Clérisseau. Completed in 1788, the building served as the capital of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. It was modeled off of the ancient Roman temple Maison Carrée. Though it endured multiple fires during the colonial era, the structure is still grand. In the early 1900s, two wings were added. You can take a guided tour during scheduled times daily, or opt for a self-guided tour. To visit Virginia Capitol Building and get the most from your holiday in Richmond, create itinerary details personal to you using our Richmond visit planner .
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We loved our visit to The VA State Capitol! In order to have a guided tour, we tagged along with a school group. The guide was very engaging and knowledgeable. Self-guided tours are also available so ... more »
The trip to the Capitol exceeded my expectations. The Jefferson and Washington sculptures alone were worth the trip, as well as many oil paintings and busts of founding fathers and early settlers. The... more »
We had the opportunity to visit and tour the Virginia Capitol building at the same time that a class of grade 5 students were touring. The tour guide was great with the students and knowledgeable. She also acknowledged the adults that were not with the school group and took care to include us. The students were great. They asked all types of questions that we probably would not have asked but liked having the answers to. This state capitol building is definitely one of the best capitol buildings that we have visited. The inside is elegant and stately and is still in use. The grounds had statues and buildings to admire. Well worth the visit.
I was extremely pleasantly surprised by the Virginia State Capitol. I expected to thing it was cool but be relatively uninterested in the capitol, but I actually really enjoyed it. The architecture was beautiful, and on the inside there was so much history to be witnessed. There was also a sweet lady who gave us a great rundown of what has happened to, and within, the state capitol building. I was thoroughly impressed with the time I had here, and since it’s free I would definitely consider going again.
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