Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta

Georgia State Capitol, Atlanta

An architectural and historical gem in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, Georgia's State Capitol stands out proudly with its gold-plated dome capped by a statue of Miss Freedom, while the equally impressive, regal-looking interior has marble floors, grand staircases and pillars that give that "government" feeling. Offices of the governor, lieutenant governor, and secretary of state are found on the 2nd floor, while the 3rd floor comprises chambers for the General Assembly. Lastly, the 4th floor houses visitors' galleries overlooking the legislative chambers and a free museum documenting Georgia's historical past in terms of nature, people, government, state politics and the physical building itself.

If you come by when the legislature is in session (January through April), expect a madhouse of activity, as this is one of the busiest working capitol buildings in the U.S., with large crowds of lobbyists clustered 'around the rope lines' that lead into the House and Senate cloakrooms. Also make sure to drop in on the galleries if your schedule permits – both offer great ways to look in on the impressive legislative chambers, whether in session or out.

Why You Should Visit:
Great place for those with an interest in Georgia history, politics, or buildings with golden domes.
Surrounded by lushly landscaped grounds with large hardwoods that are home to several varieties of hawks.

Tip:
Start on the fourth floor, where the museum is, and work your way down to the main level.
Take a photo ID or copy of passport, as you need it for entrance.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 8am–5pm; free admission

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Georgia State Capitol on Map

Sight Name: Georgia State Capitol
Sight Location: Atlanta, USA (See walking tours in Atlanta)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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