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Alabama State Capitol

Completed in 1851, this National Historic Landmark is a museum of state history and politics. Additions to the building were made several times. The Capitol was restored in 1992. The Confederacy began in the original Senate chamber and the Selma to Montgomery 1965 Voting Rights March ended on the street in front of the building. Today, the governor and other executive branch officers still occupy offices in the Capitol.

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Features
Working state capitol, historic rooms, rotating exhibits, museum store, monuments, and grounds

Hours
Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Closed state holidays.

Free Admission

Find Us / Contacts
600 Dexter Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Saturdays: Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street
Directions: Take exit 1, I-85, and turn north on Union Street. Continue 1/2 mile. The Capitol is on the left after Washington Avenue.

Christy Carl, Site Director
(334) 242-3188                                    christine.carl@preserveala.org    

Goat Hill Museum Store                                                               (334) 353-4969


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Tours and Education
Contact the Tour Office at (334) 242-3935 or capitoltours@preserveala.org 

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Self-guided tours are available to individuals and small groups. Guided tours are by appointment only and are scheduled hourly for groups of 15 or more. Guided tours last approximately 45 minutes.

Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Use rear entrance at 1 North Union Street -- Guided tours are available at 9, 11, 1, and 3 to individuals and groups. (No self-guided tours on Saturday.) Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Pre-arrangement suggested, but not required, for groups of 15 or more.  

Teacher Resources
The site director is available for curriculum needs or other special requirements. Contact Christy Carl at (334) 242-3188.

Special Events
Contact the Events Office at (334) 242-0347 to schedule programs on the grounds or inside the building. Events must be state-sponsored.

More History
In 1846, following Cahawba and Tuscaloosa, Montgomery became Alabama's capital city. The first capitol building, a handsome Greek Revival structure designed by Philadelphia architect Stephen Button, was built in 1847. In 1849 the building burned. Between 1850-51, the present capitol building, also in the Greek Revival style, was constructed on the same site. A rear wing was added in 1885 and the two side wings between 1906 and 1912. A rear extension with a neoclassical portico similar to the original west front portico was completed in 1992.

The Alabama State Capitol was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1962.

Not only is the Alabama State Capitol a revered symbol to thousands of Alabamians but a significant monument in American history.

A major effort to rehabilitate the Capitol began in the 1970s. While most of this work was finished in 1992, efforts to restore and enhance the historical character of the building are ongoing by the Alabama Historical Commission.   

 


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