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Virginia Capitol Building, Richmond

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#2 of 25 in Historic Sites in Richmond
Government Building · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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Virginia Capitol Building represents a National Historic Landmark designed by Thomas Jefferson and French architect Charles-Louis Clerisseau. Occupied in 1788, the building also served as the capitol of the Confederacy during the American Civil War and survived a major city fire in April 1865. It was modeled off of the ancient Roman temple Maison Carree. Two new wings for the House and Senate were added by 1906 and an underground visitor center was opened in 2007. You can take a guided tour during scheduled times daily, or opt for a self-guided tour. By using our Richmond visit planner, you can arrange your visit to Virginia Capitol Building and other attractions in Richmond.
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  • A Wonderful review of America's history and memorable tour with Mrs. Snellings. Restoration work ongoing which relocates visitor entrance and no visitor designated parking. You will need to find... 
    A Wonderful review of America's history and memorable tour with Mrs. Snellings. Restoration work ongoing which relocates visitor entrance and no visitor designated parking. You will need to find...  more »
  • You can take a tour of the Capital and hear the history of lawmaking in Virginia. Tour is free and informative. Well worth a trip if you are in Richmond. 
    You can take a tour of the Capital and hear the history of lawmaking in Virginia. Tour is free and informative. Well worth a trip if you are in Richmond.  more »
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  • Great tour of a historic building with intriguing art work and statues. Must enter on the West entrance and parking is not close by. Parking is available in and around the Capitol area but will require walking at least a few blocks and likely using a mobile parking app. Walking around the grounds is nice as well and you can see the governor’s mansion.
  • 100% recommend visiting the Virginia State Capitol, but make sure you find the entrance! The entrance is on the sidewalk and goes below the Capitol to enter! I visited over a month ago and learned so much, and had an amazing time. The guided tour was fantastic, and my guide was extremely insightful and kind. I did the last tour of the day on a weekday and was only 1/2 people on the tour. 10/10 would go back!

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