Pennsylvania State Capitol

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Pennsylvania State Capitol featuring night scenes and street scenes

Visit a majestic palace in the heart of Harrisburg and wander Pennsylvania’s halls of power in a building created as a tribute to art, freedom and democracy.

Such is the grandiose elegance of the Pennsylvania State Capitol that the palatial structure is impossible to miss when exploring Harrisburg. Don’t just observe it from the outside, however; step into its storied chambers to see even more of its beautiful design. Tours of the building offer a glimpse into Pennsylvania’s seat of government and allow visitors to appreciate the artistry of the rooms.

President Teddy Roosevelt himself presided over the opening of the Capitol in 1906. The extravagant building was constructed in the American Renaissance style, also seen in Washington D.C., and was intended as “palace of art.” Different projects added extra elements to the building over the following century, yet it maintains the elegant turn-of-the-century style that makes the National Historic Landmark so distinctive.

Amble around the square outside and admire every detail of the impressive exterior. Get out your camera for shots of the fountain by the East Wing, with the eye-catching building in the background. The 272-feet (83-meter) high dome in the Capitol's center is flanked on either side by symmetrical wings dotted with circular windows.

Delve into the heart of the building on a guided tour. For half an hour, you can explore the interior of one of Pennsylvania’s most impressive public buildings. Gaze upward at the domed ceiling of the Rotunda, where a circle of red and golden beams emanate from the center. Different styles are employed throughout the building, which draws on influences such as Roman and Victorian architecture.

Wander the halls of the Governor’s Reception Room, surrounded by hardwood panels, and the painting-lined Senate Chamber, which is lit by art nouveau chandeliers. The route takes you behind the scenes of Pennsylvania’s legislature, into the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court Chamber. Tours happen twice an hour throughout the week and four times a day on the weekend.

Find the Pennsylvania State Capitol in central Harrisburg, next to the State Museum and the Susquehanna River. On-street parking is available in the blocks surrounding the building.

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Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey, an IHG Hotel
Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey, an IHG Hotel
3.5 out of 5
23 S 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $118 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. ...
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"The place was clean but could use some buffing on the wood fixture wallpaper in the hall elevator scratches brings down the charm abit. Staff was very nice and smiles all around entrance lobby was buffed an shiny was too busy to explore but maybe next time. I would recommend the Crown Plaza to ..."

Reviewed on Sep 21, 2021

Crowne Plaza Harrisburg-Hershey, an IHG Hotel
Hilton Harrisburg
Hilton Harrisburg
3.5 out of 5
One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $194 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this hotel is steps from Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts and Strawberry Square. Pennsylvania State Capitol and City ...
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"Great hotel and staff. Wonderful location in the city."

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Viagem Downtown Stylish 2BR
Harrisburg, PA
Located in Downtown Harrisburg, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Open Stage of Harrisburg and 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex. ...
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Deluxe Studio with Murphy Bed and Free Parking in ❤️ of Harrisburg
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3.5 out of 5
23 S 2nd St, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $118 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
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Hilton Harrisburg
3.5 out of 5
One North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA
The price is $194 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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