Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Tallahassee

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Tallahassee was chosen as the territorial capital in 1824. The first territorial government met in log cabins. A capitol building was constructed in 1826 but never completely finished. It was torn down in 1839 for the construction of the present structure, which was completed in 1845, just prior to Florida’s entry into the Union as the 27th state. Additions to the Historic Capitol were made several times throughout the years. Architect Frank Millburn, who added the classical style dome, made the first expansion in 1902. The 1923 additions by Henry Klutho included two new wings and a marble interior. Finally large wings for the House and Senate chambers were added to the north and south ends of the building in 1936 and 1947, respectively.

Threatened with demolition in the late 1970s when the new capitol was built, The Historic Capitol was saved through citizens’ action and was restored to its 1902 appearance. Architectural highlights include the elaborate art glass dome, red and white striped awnings, and a representation of the Florida State Seal over the entry columns. The restoration of The Old Capitol (1978—1982) was conducted under the supervision of the Department of General Services in conjunction with the Department of State. This intensive project of historical and archaeological investigation makes Florida’s former capitol one of the most thoroughly documented restoration projects in the nation.
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  • August 13, 2017
    Free activity to do in Tallahassee! This building is wonderful restored to its early 1920s version. If you have about 30-40 minutes to spare while visiting downtown Tallahassee, you should stop in her...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    Stopped here and the traffic around the area was heavy. Parking around here was difficult to find. After circling the block 2-3 times I finally found a spot. This was a good stopover and the building ...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    Had a great time, if you want to learn the history of government for Florida. You will learn how both the feds and the state grew.  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    We were greeted by a wonderful lady as soon as we walked in. She gave us a history lesson about the building. She was so passionate about this place that we went into every exhibit after the short intro video they have. She even gave us some coloring books for kids . Place was very clean Neat history behind it.
  • May 1, 2017
    The original state Capitol! It is still intact, and you can explore it at your leisure for free. There are exhibits that showcase a bit if Florida history, and history of the building as well. The Senate and the house meeting rooms are still set up as they would have been, as well as the governor's office. It is a cool look into the past with a few interesting tidbits and activities, but don't expect to spend more than an hour of your time here. While you are here, make sure to check out the rest of the campus, including the current Capitol!
  • March 23, 2017
    This place is awesome! Self guided tour through Florida's Historic Capital. So much to look at and read. I love that they have actual pieces of the old capital building on display! My favorite is where you get to peer inside the wall and see some of the original brick work!
  • July 1, 2017
    Lots of Florida's governmental history here. Three floors of exhibits in the old capital building. Very helpful staff.
  • June 30, 2017
    This is a great place to see Florida History. A lot of exhibits including old Supreme Court room, old Senate and House Chambers, old Governor's office, and many historical artifacts.

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