Texas State Capitol
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
This is no dusty old historical museum. Big, glitzy and still relatively new, it shows off the Lone Star State's history, all the way...
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Blanton Museum of Art
A big university with a big endowment is bound to have a big art collection, and now, finally, it has a suitable building to show it off...
This German biergarten has been around forever – or at least since 1866 – and its proximity to the capitol building has made it the...
Texas Chili Parlor
Ready for an X-rated meal? When ordering your chili, keep in mind that 'X' is mild, 'XX' is spicy, and 'XXX' is melt-your-face-off hot...
cnr 11th St & Congress Ave · interesting places nearby
Texas State Capitol information
Built in 1888 from sunset-red granite, this state capitol is the largest in the US, backing up the ubiquitous claim that everything is bigger in Texas. If nothing else, take a peek at the lovely rotunda and try out the whispering gallery created by its curved ceiling.
Self-guiding brochures of the capitol building and grounds are available inside the tour guide office on the ground floor. From here you can also take one of the interesting 45-minute guided tours offered daily (schedules vary; call first or show up and try your luck). The green sprawl of the capitol grounds and its monuments are worth a stroll before or after your tour.
Want to see government in action? Take a seat in the 3rd-floor visitors balconies overlooking the House of Representatives and Senate chamber galleries, which are open to the public when the state legislature is in session (odd-numbered years from mid January through May or June).
Free two-hour parking is available inside the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage, entered from either 12th St or 13th St.