Florida Historic Capitol Museum

Florida Historic Capitol Museum

Florida Historic Capitol Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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The Florida Historic Capitol Museum serves to illuminate the past, present, and future connection between the people of Florida and their political institutions through programs of civic education, historic interpretation, and preservation.
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Matthew W
Tallahassee, FL19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The views are amazing downtown Tallahassee Florida has a firefighter Memorial there did twice second floor of the new capital is amazing
Written 2 April 2024
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FancyFree55
Florida7,544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
To celebrate the 40-year anniversary of our family's move to Florida, my daughter and I decided it was high time we drove a few hours west to visit our state capitol. We allowed ourselves one afternoon to explore, which isn't nearly enough time. We wondered if parking might be problematic downtown, but we found a metered parking lot only two blocks walking distance from the entrance. The meters still accept coins (and new-fangled payment via phone app), and we paid less than five dollars for three hours.

I never knew that our current capitol and the historic capitol buildings are literally next door to each other. The circumstances that led to this unique arrangement are quite interesting, and ours is the only state in the country which boasts this phenomenon.

Admission is free, and we were treated by the receptionist to an intriguing summary regarding the historic capitol building's many architectural revisions since it was first constructed in the mid-1800s. I love the red and white striped awnings adorning the first capitol building - dozens of them, on every last window - initially added to provide shade and some relief from the intense summer heat before the invention of air conditioning. The awnings reminded me of peppermint hard candies. The story of the leaky stained glass dome ceiling was also interesting.

We were keenly interested in the various state flags and mottos on display that came and went throughout the state's history. I was also fascinated by the first and only mutoscope I've ever laid eyes on, where we watched a newsreel depiction of Governor Sidney Catts's 1917 inauguration.

As a long-time resident, I remember some of the history that's on display here, especially the forever-controversial election whereby Dubya secured the United States presidency courtesy of his brother, the Florida governor.

A few years before my arrival in Florida, another controversy raged here about whether to preserve the historic capitol building or demolish it and build a new one in its place. Evidence of the battle, pro and con, is a collection of angry letters written by Floridians on both sides of the fence.

I could write a book about our visit, but go see for yourself. And allow at least a full day to explore.
Written 19 November 2023
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2sisters07
Sarasota,FL189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Well worth the time to see the Capitol of the state that I have lived in most of my life. It’s a free self guided walk around “tour” with multiple rooms on 2 floors with exhibits covering many decades. For me, it’s a must see!!!
Plan on at least an hour. There’s construction going on currently so we were slightly confused about where to park and how to get into the old Capitol building itself. We figured it out and we ended up parking on a street with a meter(bring coins!) We did not do the observation deck in the current Capitol building but you might want to check it out for the Tallahassee views.
Written 3 September 2023
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Diane K
Venice, FL4,473 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
It is free to enter and you tour around on your own. The receptionist was nice and gave us an overview history of the various updates that had been to the historic building and why. We then watched a short video which provides a quick overview of the states development from a political perspective. Nothing very striking about the building. Best display was on the Gore / Bush presidential race and the role Florida played in the decision.
Written 4 July 2023
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Pat'nBill R
Tallahassee, FL35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Business
The Florida Capitol is a great place to visit so, actually there are many opportunities in the area, the streets and buildings just around the old and “new” Capitol buildings to study history, pick up brochures about Florida, ride central elevator to 22nd floor and get 360 degree views, and visit representatives. Even good places for lunch. A patriotic morning or afternoon, taking an hour or a few days to explore Florida 400+ year history under 5 plus governments and many, changes. From Timicuan Native American peoples, Spanish rule, French explorations, Seminole and slave and bootlegger refuge (not necessarily connected), industrial invention, sports, fishing, colleges, and space, and reverence and drive, back roads and transit and monorail, Florida is the place to find welcome, we all hope.
Written 1 February 2023
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KFS_386
Vermont529 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The museum is "text heavy and artifact light." Children and teens may become easily bored.

The current Capitol was interesting but aside from the observation tower, there's not much to see or do there.

It's worth going to say you've been, but we won't be back.
Written 30 December 2022
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Jay
Florida720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
I loved this museum. The old capitol building was such a nice trip through Florida history. They had lots of information, kids areas, and even a look at the old Senate and House chambers.
Written 30 September 2022
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august01
London, UK647 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Pretty building but sadly the museum is quite boring on the whole. There's some interesting aspects about the State's wildlife, people etc., but the videos about these are quite old, and one didn't even work. I ended up working out how to turn off the tv and video myself and getting it working again, but they definitely need an update. We couldn't get the attention of the person on the main desk as there was a huge school group visiting, so we gave up. Sadly little worth seeing on the inside apart from the Supreme Court Chamber, but the outside is pretty.
Written 29 May 2022
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USABelgie
Tampa, FL445 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
After visiting the new capitol it was real cool to step back in history by walking in the old capitol. The information in the Capitol was very informative.
Written 28 April 2022
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,415 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We are seeing all 50 state capitals, and Florida was our 46th. The “capital” is actually the former capital building restored as it appeared in 1902. It is now a capital museum. The architecture and design are pretty plain as far as capitals go. There are no murals, art work, sculptures, stained glass windows, or any sort of decoration or interesting architectural features. The current capital building, housing the governor’s office, the house, the senate is a 22-story building built in the 1970s. That is pretty much all I need to say about it. Utilitarian is how I’d describe it. We spent about 30 minutes wandering around the capital museum, which was only mildly interesting. We went up to the observation deck of the new capital building. A very helpful construction worker instructed us on the oh-so-complicated elevator system. I’m not sure we would have figured it out ourselves and the security people were there strictly to collect a paycheck.
Written 15 March 2022
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