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You already know that the Indiana Statehouse is the seat of government for the Hoosier State. But do you know that it is also a leading travel destination for visitors from around the world?
Last year, the Indiana Capitol Tour Office greeted over 50,000 guests. People of all ages walked through the massive oak doors to marvel at the majesty and beauty of the 19th Century Neo-Classical Structure which still houses all three branches of state government.
Visitors came from all 50 states and 49 foreign nations. The top five states represented (besides Indiana) were Illinois, California, Texas, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Leading the international list were Canada, China, Germany, Great Britain and Mexico. Many guests were "walk-ins," meaning that they were not members of a scheduled group and simply stopped in to take one of the several public tours offered every day.
In addition to those from other states and foreign lands, tours were provided to thousands of Hoosiers who came to see their "People's House" and to learn more about Indiana government.
Of course, the Statehouse is a very popular choice for school field trips. Tours of various lengths are offered free of charge. Many visiting students are Hoosier fourth graders who are studying Indiana history. Thousands of other students of all ages also visit the Capitol, including high school seniors who come with their government classes.
For teachers, the Statehouse is a large and fascinating classroom where students can see government in action. On a "one stop" field trip, they visit all three branches of government, gain a better understanding of the role they can play in a representative democracy, learn how laws are made and often visit with legislators and other state leaders.
For 125 years, the Indiana Capitol has stood proudly as one of the nation's most impressive government buildings. With sturdy walls of Indiana limestone, majestic marble columns, and a stunning stained glass rotunda dome, it will continue to captivate visitors for many years to come. The Capitol Tour Office staff is ready to share the building's history, beauty and function with even more guests in 2013.
If you would like to take a guided tour call 317-233-5293 or email us at email@example.com to schedule.