The best free attraction in the Kansas State Capitol, is the Kansas State Capitol Building in Topeka, Kansas. The Capitol is open to visitors from 7:30AM - 5:30PM, Monday through Friday and 8AM - 1PM on Saturday, with free tours conducted by the State Historical Society 4 - 6 times during the day on weekdays. The hours posted above are subject to change, so be sure to call (785) 296-3966 to confirm times in advance.
New since 2006 were free tours to the top of the capitol dome taking 45 minutes and climbing 296 steps from the 5th floor of the building to view both the interior and the surrounding community. But the Kansas State Capitol dome tours have been suspended until Januray 2014 due to renovation.
Construction of the Kansas State Capitol Building began in 1866. Although the Capitol Building was in use by the legislature starting in 1869, it took 37 years and $3,200,000 to complete. The Capitol is 399 feet by 386 feet, and 304 feet to the top of the cupola. The stone is brown sandstone from the bluffs along Deer Creek, near Vinewood, in Shawnee County, Kansas.
Special Note: the Kansas State Capitol building is undergoing a major renovation. Call before your visit to make sure that the features that most interest you are currently available for viewing.
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