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State Capitol Complex
Although Austin can be on the cutting edge of music and technology, this is also the capital city of Texas – which means plenty of historic attractions are nearby.
The first stop for the Austin-visiting history buff is the State Capitol Complex. Opened in 1888, this National Historic Landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places – and was the seventh largest building in the world upon its completion. The 360,000-square-foot, 308-foot-tall structure is a great example of Italian Renaissance Revival architecture – and current home to the office of the governor of Texas and chambers of the Texas Legislature.
Self-guided tours of the Texas State Capitol are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – with Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 3:30 p.m. Tours are free to the public, and begin in the Capitol South Foyer.
Set a quarter-mile from the State Capitol Complex, the University of Texas at Austin plays host to some impressive cultural centers as well. Established in 1883, UT is home to seventeen libraries and seven museums. Campus tours are available after a trip to the Visitor Center – found in Walter Webb Hall – and include a Moonlight Prowl and scavenger hunt.
Stroll by Littlefield House – built in 1893 and found on the National Register of Historic Places – or explore the country’s largest university art museum, the Blanton Museum of Art. Other campus stops include the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Sam Rayburn Museum, and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum.
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