The State Capitol was built by the federal government in 1931 as the Federal and Territorial Building, which became Alaska's upon statehood in 1958. It's stately enough from the front, with a handsome façade of Alaskan marble and Indiana limestone, but the brick-faced concrete of the buildings sides and rear is that of an oversized, out-of-date public school. The governor's office is here, as well as the chambers for the state legislature, which meets for 120 days from January to May. Feel free to go in and poke around. Inside, the territorial-era ambiance has been restored to many parts of the building. Throughout the building there are historic photographs and public art on display, including a map of Alaska cut from a section of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. During the summer, free tours are offered or you can pick up a brochure in the lobby and take a self-guided tour. The legislature is in session January to April, and the galleries are open for visitors if you’d like to see the state’s government at work.
- Frommer's Staff