Historic Capitol

Historic Capitol

Residing in its current location since 1845, the Historic Capitol today houses a museum that retells the stories comprising Florida's political and constitutional history. The Senate, House, and Supreme Court chambers, as well as the Governor's Suite, are all open to the public and feature exhibits and artifacts chronicling the Sunshine State's long and intriguing past. Since 1845, the Historic Capitol has symbolized Florida state government. Restored to its 1902 appearance, the Historic Capitol stands as an icon at the center of Florida’s Capitol complex; the modern-day nerve center of Sunshine State government. Under the stained-glass dome, political history and tradition come alive in the exhibits. Through photographs, recordings, and audiovisual displays, visitors experience the people and events that have shaped today’s Florida. Restored areas include the 1902 Governor’s office and chambers of the House of Representatives, Senate, and Supreme Court. Together with exhibit panels, photographs, and interactive multimedia, the museum offers a journey though the colorful history of representative government in Florida. More than 250 artifacts in 21 rooms invite visitors to trace the evolution of Florida government from territorial days to the present.