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Old Capitol Museum

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Address: 100 S State St, Jackson, MS 39201-4400
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+1 601-359-6920
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

The Old Capitol building served the state from 1832-1903 and was later...

The Old Capitol building served the state from 1832-1903 and was later converted into a State Historical Museum. Visitors can tour the grand dam of Mississippi politics, plus view dioramas and exhibits that trace the city's history. The museum also includes a large collection of Jefferson Davis memorabilia.

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Free & interesting

I enjoy old buildings and restorations so I thought I'd check it out...it's free & informative, worth an hour or so of your tine....not the most impressive interior, but well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jenny W
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Jackson, Mississippi
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're doing sightseeing in Jackson of historical sights, add this to the list. The Old Capitol dates before the civil war and it's really cool to visit. I think there is a small admission fee, but can't remember. The building itself is cool and there are lots of exhibits to see. I think young kids and teenagers would get... More 

Thank McHalesNavy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoy old buildings and restorations so I thought I'd check it out...it's free & informative, worth an hour or so of your tine....not the most impressive interior, but well done. Some interactive parts...and I learned Mississippi was the 1st state to grant property rights to married women by law...as a female lawyer who practices family law, I found that... More 

Thank Jenny W
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In Jackson there are few real sights, but the Old Capitol ranks among the best. A trip into the Old Senate Chamber made me feel like Sen. Foghorn Leghorn gettin' feady to make a speech.

Thank betsyg84
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were driving through Jackson and thought it would be fun to stop while in the Mississippi Capital. This was so much fun. The exhibits were interactive so they kept the children entertained and the adults were entertained by the history. The staff was nice and helpful. I would definitely visit this place if I was in the area. It... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

This place is beautifully restored; majestic and historic. If you're interested in MS at all, the combination of exhibits and other displays tell the story of the state.

Thank hinto1
Reading, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

You can certainly understand why Mississippi needed a new capitol building after visiting here, very small but beautiful inside. They have made great effort to make the experience informative and educational. Really enjoyed it.

Thank Nancy K
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Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

The outside of this building does nothing for the beauty held within. This historic site will take approximately 2-3 hours to complete fully.

Thank Lois G
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

We decided to stretch our legs in town after a long few days in the car and stumbled across this great museum. It's not loaded with trinkets, though it does have a few...the building itself is on display! It's a beautiful structure with allot of history and well worth a visit.

Thank MargaritaDoug
Madison, MS
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

This place is awesome if you care about Mississippi history at all. Lots to hear and see. The building is incredible and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History has done an amazing job here.

Thank boomer2s
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

This used to be such a wonderful museum (pre Katrina). However, it is now sterile with very few exhibits. The large Indian canoe is gone, as are the clothing, weapon, flag, and industry exhibits. Most of the rooms are closed off and the quaint gift shop which carried wonderful books and art is now closed. This makes me sad on... More 

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