New Mexico Legislature, Santa Fe

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It's not a railroad legacy that gives New Mexico Legislature the nickname "the Roundhouse." The moniker works because building is the only round state capitol building in the United States. Dedicated in 1966, the building's design resembles the Zia Sun Symbol, which also appears on the flag of New Mexico. This symbol is central to the beliefs of the Zia indigenous group and features a circle with four sets of lines extending out from it, forming a T-shape. Most of the capitol building is open to the public for self-guided tours on weekdays. From galleries above the House and Senate chambers, you can catch state government in action. Visit the fourth floor for special art exhibits in the Governor's Gallery. Make New Mexico Legislature a centerpiece of your Santa Fe vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Santa Fe vacation planner.
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  • October 3, 2017
    What a delightful state capitol building! Amazing art on every floor and changing exhibits on the ground floor. The book art exhibit was incredible!  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    I don't think we knew what to expect when we walked into the building. We don't normally go through many government buildings on our travels. It was early, and the guard helped us with a brochure. We ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Highly recommend visiting New Mexico History Museum -- and the State Capital building. Excellent art display. And it's free! Be very careful with the other museums. Some are disappointing.  more »
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  • May 10, 2017
    it was boring, we need a proper way of reviewing laws, like socialism!
  • October 3, 2014
    I just got to say we had a surprising time wondering the halls of the Round House. Art is usually not a pastime adventure. But around (no pun intended) every corner something to feast the eyes on. No security hurdles to endure & I found the different furniture quite amazing. Curb appeal is 2 stars, but inside 5 stars plus. It's just plane GORGEOUS. Go see for yourself
  • July 7, 2007
    Unique architecture and beautiful surroundings. This is where everything goes down. Check it out, then walk up the street to Upper Crust Pizza.

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