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Benicia State Capitol and Historical Park

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Address: Benicia, CA
Phone Number:
+1 707-745-3670
10:00 - 17:00
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Thu 12:00 - 16:00
Fri - Sun 10:00 - 17:00

Park houses the Fischer-Hanlon house and the one time California State...

Park houses the Fischer-Hanlon house and the one time California State Capitol building.

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Interesting history

This is a simple place to stop in and learn some California history. It is interesting to hear and know that so much took place in this little building.

Reviewed 2 March 2017
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Hastings, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a few days in the San Francisco area and as we were staying in Benicia we did a little local sight seeing as part of our trip. There is quite a bit of interesting history in the Benicia area which we hadn't really known before arriving, and this place is a good starting point for getting your bearings

Thank peppermint
San Diego
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a simple place to stop in and learn some California history. It is interesting to hear and know that so much took place in this little building.

Thank amarion
Fresno, United States
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9 reviews
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

This is a great Historical place to visit. I hope the state grants the citizens of Benicia money to complete the restoration of a gem. This was the 2cnd Capital of california before the Capital was moved to Sacramento. A must see in a precious town.

Thank Larry B
Lafayette, California
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554 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

i love the small, quaint town of Benicia - a tiny jewel along the bay with a rich history. One of the best stops in town is the old state capitol building - perfectly preserved - with friendly, informative docents. Both the House and Senate chambers are complete furnished complete with desks, newspapers and top hats. A fun piece of... More 

Thank LightFighter
Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We didn't intend to visit this historical sight, but a search for a bathroom led us here. It was very interesting and the person on staff at the time was friendly and interesting to talk to.

Thank phs1998
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Benicia is one of these jewels often overlooked by visitors who are heading for the major sights. This quiet historic town offers enough to spend a few hours exploring: a small but fairly nice historic park in downtown, a coffee shop or two, a few restaurants and shops. The town has been well preserved, it has nice pedestrian walks, and... More 

Thank Elvier Y
Palm Springs, California
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195 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

located a few blocks in from the water's edge, this dramatic building houses a small museum of it's short-lived history as 1 of the 3 capitals of California. Do visit the carriage house next door to see some of the refurbished buggies of the mid-1800s

Thank Desertconcierge
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2016

Landmark in the middle of quiet town of Benicia. Served as state capital before moving to Sacramento. Interesting history. Good walking visit after meal at nearby restaurants. Did not go inside as it was closed after hours.

Thank Frank C
Houston, Texas
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185 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 July 2016

I visited this building when I first moved to the area in 1997. It was lovingly preserved and dearly needed donations to continue to keep this history going!

Thank DanasTrip
Benicia, ca
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

be sure to find out when it's open,but even walking around it is interesting if you love history. The story of why it was only used once is quite fascinating!

Thank geniee_11

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