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New York State Capitol, Albany

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Government Building · Art Gallery
The New York State Capitol, the seat of the New York State government, is located in Albany, the capital city of the U.S. state of New York. The capitol building is part of the Empire State Plaza complex on State Street in Capitol Park. Housing the New York State Legislature, the building was completed in 1899 at a cost of US$25 million (equivalent to $778 million in 2020), making it the most expensive government building of its time. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, then included as a contributing property when the Lafayette Park Historic District was listed in 1978. The New York State Capitol was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1979.
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  • On our trek to visit all state capitols and NY has been one of the grandest. A beautiful area and the Egg as well as federal plaza on the backside of the building. Be sure to walk around and take it.....  more »
  • This is a must do when in Albany! And it's free. It is best to secure reservations instead of just showing up but we didn't have any trouble reserving the morning of the tour. There is a special...  more »
  • Visiting friend from Detroit, He took me here for the tour. Once you go through the security screening, you can resister at the ground floor for the tour and it is free. I do recommend to do the tour as tour guide is friendly, knowledgeable and answered all kinds of questions. Also guided tour gives you access to more area inside the building. Yes they have invested unthinkable money in to designing and building all these beautiful history. I truly believe that many people will get to see it and enjoy the site for years to come !
  • I am one of those who always assume capital city of New York state was New York City until i visited Albany. It was a high wow factor at the State Capitol - to begin with, it is one of a very limited list of places in NY that is free for admission but what surprised me was almost every angle of it was a picture perfect scene, inside & out. Parking is free after 5 PM before it close by 7 PM weekdays. Make sure to see the grand Million Dollar staircase - costed a million dollars at the time it was built, appreciate the sculpture along the stair evolving from single biological cell at the ground floor to higher intelligent mammals to its top floor. The outside front stairs and garden were very elegant. I also had an extended stay at the park next to it - took lots of photos with the huge 'I Love NY' signage, the dumb sharped performing art arena, and those beautiful buildings around the park.

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