Washington State Capitol Campus, Olympia

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The Washington State Capitol or Legislative Building in Olympia is the home of the government of the state of Washington. It contains chambers for the Washington State Legislature and offices for the governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and treasurer and is part of a campus consisting of several buildings. Buildings for the Washington Supreme Court, executive agencies and the Washington Governor's Mansion are part of the capitol campus.History of the State CapitolAfter Olympia became capital city of the Washington Territory in 1853, the city's founder, Edmund Sylvester, gave the legislature 12acres of land upon which to build the capitol, located on a hill overlooking what is now known as Capitol Lake. A two-story wood-frame building was constructed on the site, where the legislature met starting in 1854. When President Benjamin Harrison approved Washington's state constitution in 1889, he donated 132000acres of federal lands to the state with the stipulation that income from the lands was to be used solely for construction of the state capitol.
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  • This is a large state capital that is easy to see. Or, you can go to their web site & there is an excellent virtual tour that you can take.  more »
  • Great venue for a great event. Over 1300 in attendance. Total access to all floors. What a great state we love in  more »
  • First time as an adults for this Oregonian to visit the capital building in Washington. There is so much to learn, from the one ton bronz doors to the Tiffany Chandeliers, how they came up with the id...  more »
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  • Wonderful historical building. Lots of info on Washington state. Very well managed, maintained. Leave at least 1-2 hours.
  • This stunning historical interior can easily be called 'The Marble Washington Capitol.' Imported from France, Belgium and Alaska, in a variety of colors, marbel adorns almost every inch of the interior. An impressive, original Tiffany chandelier welcomes you as you enter. This building is a must to see when visiting Olympia.
  • My mom and I made a stop here a couple of years ago and took a couple of tours there, since the first time, we didn't put enough change, so we went a second time. The capitol building is very interesting to look at and it's very educational for the students, as well as the adults. Definitely recommended to check out when you are in Olympia.
  • I would love to visit this place again. So impressive! Beautiful campus. Friendly people. The tour is interesting and short. We visited on Friday. The parking was not free. We parked at the visitor parking next to information center. Visit the information center. There are tons of brochures about Washington and Oregon and nice gentleman will guide you through all that. And there is WC too ))
  • Cool historic place. Lots to see and explore!

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