Visiting the Texas State Capitol

The second day in Austin, TX, we decided to visit the Texas State Capitol.

Way up at the top of the dome is Lady Liberty. Madison is posing as lady liberty in front of the Capitol. The original Lady Liberty is on display at the Bullock Museum.

We started with a tour of the Texas State Capitol. The tours are free and very comprehensive. Our tour guide, Elizabeth, was wonderful!

Here is a picture of the dome from the inside. If you stand on a star on the floor directly below it and clap or talk, you can hear an echo that no one else around you can listen to. That was pretty cool.

The hinges on the doors are really neat. They had a problem with people stealing them, so now they can be purchased in the gift shop. Madison was wanting to buy one until she saw that they were $215.00.

We visited the Senate first, and she learned all about what the Senate does and when. The desks are from 1890.



Then we visited the House of Representatives. Madison learned all about the House and what they do and when.



Madison located our Representative.



Then we toured the extension. The Texas State Capitol is the largest State Capitol in the United States. When we looked up, we could see the Lady Liberty through the windows.



Several QR codes are placed inside the Capitol that you can scan to learn more about each area. We plan on doing that the next time we visit. They also have an interactive learning space to learn about each Texas War Heroes.

After the tour, we ventured outside to do a scavenger hunt of the grounds. They have one for the Northside and one for the South. I printed them off prior to our visit. They do not have them available on site. Madison was tired after we completed the Northside and suggested we save the Southside so we would have something to do when we went back to visit again. She’s a hoot.


Here is a list of all of the memorials on both grounds. Here are explanations and pictures of each memorial.

This was the Korean War Veterans Memorial. It wasn’t on the scavenger hunt, but she visited all of them regardless.


Pioneer Woman


Texas Children. It represents all of the Texas children in public school. Madison is in full support of the public schools as long as she doesn’t have to attend. 🙂


And…she chose to do a mannequin pose as well.

We were delighted and grateful that our State Capitol has the 10 Commandments on its grounds.


That pretty much sums up our visit to the Texas State Capitol. It was our first but will not be our last.

Madison is interested in taking a leadership class here in the upcoming years through Teenpact.

They offer camps and classes in many states for ages 8 & up.

We are so grateful for the opportunities to teach Madison through hands-on and engaging experiences by homeschooling.

3 Comments on “Visiting the Texas State Capitol

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