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Texas State Capitol

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Texas State Capitol
Photograph: Courtesy Texas State Capitol BuildingTexas State Capitol

Time Out says

For architecture and history enthusiasts, the Texas State Capitol building—located at the head of S. Congress Avenue in the heart of downtown—is an essential stop. Really, though, it’s a must for anyone trying to get the full feel of Austin’s Texas-centric side. Free daily guided tours will take you into the central atrium where stunning portraits of every Texas governor hang on display, into the Senate Chamber and newly restored House of Representatives Chamber, and finally into the impressive underground extension. All the while, your guide will give you a rundown of Texas history and politics. Those with specific informational interests should check the website for details about themed tours, which include Women in Texas History, Heroes of the Texas Revolution, Rest in Peace (urban myths and ghost stories near Halloween), Bravest of the Brave: Celebrating Texas Veterans, the Holiday Tour (available in December) and Early Texas Artists. The Capitol is also proof that everything is bigger in Texas—it’s a replica of the Washington, D.C. building, but actually a bit taller. How much taller? You’ll have to ask when you get there.


1100 Congress Ave
Cross street:
at 12th St W
Opening hours:
Mon-Fri 7am-10pm; Sat, Sun 9am-5pm
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