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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  • In spite of being the capitol of the state, its tough to find stuff to do here. The was a surprise as it was very informative and hre old senate hall with the great done was impressive. Free is good t...  more »
  • Restored back to 1902. Sad that they had to take additions off....but it was a great self guided tour!  more »
  • This is a great place to tour; very enjoyable, whether you live in the state or are just visiting. Great to visit place with Florida history!!  more »
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  • The Florida Historic Capital Museum presents interesting exhibits on Florida history while also being a piece of history in and of itself! The former Florida capital is a gorgeous example of the Classical Revival architectural style and, although smaller, definitely overshadows the modern capital building behind it in its appearance. The changing exhibits inside document both the preservation of the historic capital and the history of Florida's government, especially its involvement of notable events like the Civil Rights Movement and the anti-war movement in the 1960's. The Florida Historic Capital Museum is not to be passed up if you are ever in Tallahassee.
  • Great scavenger hunt to see the museum. Very nice docents that are knowledgeable. Loved the Mock Senate session.
  • Great place to see part of Florida's History! The building is beautifully restored, and the exhibits were just enough to learn about the past without being overwhelming. There were quite a few things for kids to do, but more hands on exhibits for kids would be great. No admission fee was an added plus!
  • 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!
  • 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.

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