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Missouri State Capitol

201 W. Capitol
Jefferson City  Missouri  65101
United States
(573) 751-2854
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Maria Duryee
A free tour reveals fascinating history, interesting trivia and stunning artwork, including Thomas Hart Benton's murals about Missouri's history.

On a limestone bluff above the Missouri River, the Missouri state Capitol impresses not only with its history but also its art. From the first look at the state seal on the floor under the dome to the top of the dome, you'll learn about the capitol's construction, its art and its people. On a tour guided by State Park employees, you'll pass busts of famous Missourians, Thomas Hart Benton's bold regionalism paintings depicting state history, controversial European-style art, stained-glass windows, carvings and military uniforms. Guides are informative and patient while you explore and ask questions during the 45-minute tours. You also can grab a map if you want to explore on your own. 

Within the capitol is the Missouri State Museum (on the first floor) where visitors see dioramas and displays covering the natural and cultural history of the Show-Me State. Traveling exhibits, some with a suitably political bent such as President Lincoln, round out displays. The capitol is definitely worth a stop for anyone visiting Jeff City.

 

Visited: 
January 8, 2013

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