Built by hand, the New York State Capitol, has been the state’s government seat since the 1890s. It houses the NYS Legislature, Hall of Governors and state history exhibits. Tours are offered Monday—Friday, and now on the second Saturday of each month.
“Though it’s not, strictly speaking, a museum, the New York State Capitol Building is a bona fide historic site with museum-quality exhibits on many aspects of New York State history. Every first-time traveler to the Capital Region owes it to him or herself to include a visit. Completed in 1899, it’s a spectacular sight, the architectural star of New York’s Gilded Age, the Camelot Castle of the Empire State. It’s now fully open for tours on which you can walk the majestic paneled hallways and carved staircases and view the many historic artifacts on display.”
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