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Florida Historic Capitol Museum, Tallahassee, FL

Florida Historic Capitol Museum with the
New Capitol rising in the background.
First occupied in 1845 when Florida became the 27th state, this Capitol housed all three branches of the Florida government. Restored to it's 1902 splendor, the brick and wood building sits gracefully atop Apalachee Parkway, with the architecturally hideous 'New Capitol' peering from behind. Now an expansive museum, the 'Old Capitol' allows visitors to roam it's historic hallways unguided and for free. But be forewarned, if you plan on reading every single word printed on every display you'll be there for days. There is a lot to read. It's certainly interesting material, but man alive somebody was long-winded when creating the informational side of the displays. My thought is to see all the rooms, but pick out what is most interesting or important to you and only read those offerings.

Supported by donations, the Museum greets it's visitors in the central rotunda, beneath a beautiful sub-dome (be sure to look up) providing light to the gorgeous Grand Staircase. From there, we began our tour on the first floor, north end. Hugging the right side of the hallway down and back, the first room one comes to is where an 8-minute civic lesson is given. Moving beyond, and at the time of this writing, was a display regarding the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scouts, with several uniforms, cookie boxes (presumable empty), and medals and plaques. Finishing up the north end of the museum's first floor is the Governor's offices, meeting rooms, and stenographer office, complete with turn of the century furnishings.
Florida's House of Representatives Chamber

The South end belonged to Florida's Judicial branch, with displays concerning Civil Rights, voting, the infamous presidential election of 2000 and Florida's pivotal role (sigh), as well as great events that have occurred during Florida statehood. At the end of the first floor south hall is the former Florida Supreme Court Chamber.

Moseying on up to the second floor guests can wander through the Legislative branch, choosing to first visit the House of Representatives Chamber in the north end or Senate Chamber in the south end. Either way, one is exposed to the elegance of design of those times.

New Florida State Capitol building.
Finally, a stop at this Capitol wouldn't be complete without a quick visit to the New Capitol. Although it is less than ravishing, the new building is certainly imposing. Standing at 22 stories with a public observation deck on the top floor (from which, visitors get a bird's eye view of both FAMU and FSU campuses), the interior does show much better than the exterior. The floors to see in this structure are 1, 5 and 22. Additionally, the new Florida Senate and House buildings flank the New Capitol, and the Florida Supreme Court building is simply a block away.

For more information on Florida Historic Capitol Building please click the name or go here: http://www.flhistoriccapitol.gov/

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