Florida Historic Capitol Museum

#2 in Best Things To Do in Tallahassee
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Key Info

400 South Monroe Street

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Museums, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.2scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Tucked away inside Tallahassee's Old Capitol, the Florida Historic Capitol Museum aims to educate locals and tourists alike about Florida's political history while preserving one of Tallahassee's most architecturally stunning structures. This grand building sits at the heart of the state capital and is less than 2 miles from Florida State University and Florida A&M University, making it an ideal stop after touring the nearby campuses or roaming around downtown.

Originally built in 1845, right before Florida's entry into the Union as the 27th state, the Old Capitol was expanded and restored throughout the years to accommodate more state lawmakers. However, once the New Capitol opened in 1977, threats of demolition prompted Tallahassee residents to petition to save the historic building. Their efforts paid off, which resulted in the complete restoration of the property and reopening of it as a museum.

Now visitors can't get enough of the historic museum. Previous travelers said its various displays are extremely informative and enjoyable, and that the building's interior, which includes an immaculate stained-glass dome, and exterior are far more stunning than its replacement. Some complain, though, about the renovations that frequently occur throughout the summer months.

Although the museum is free to visit, parking is not provided on the property, so travelers can expect to pay a small fee to park at one of the nearby garages or lots. Food and drink is not allowed inside, but visitors can grab a quick bite at the Old Capitol's cafe or coffee shop. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays and holidays (except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day).

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Located about 6 miles southwest of downtown Tallahassee near Lake Bradford and Cascade Lake, the Tallahassee Museum is the perfect attraction for those looking to have some fun outdoors. Moved to its current location in the 1960s, the museum has evolved to include 52 acres of nature trails, living exhibits of flora and fauna, historical buildings, and a zip line and aerial adventure course.

Prior travelers said the outdoor adventure activities and rare wildlife living throughout the property more than justify the museum's admission price. However, even though the on-site parking lot does offer handicapped spots, the absence of paved pathways and accessible ramps makes the property difficult for visitors with mobility limitations to traverse.

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