DON'T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
The mental images conjured by the words "government building" likely involve tedious obligations such as jury duty, traffic court, and paying property taxes. Here's a list designed to turn that reaction on its head. We spoke with historians, architects, travel bloggers, and tourism officials to identify government buildings with interiors that will take your breath away -- instead of making you yawn. Although some are iconic and beloved structures that may come as no surprise, others could be easily bypassed, were it not for this insider's nudge. Nearly all the buildings are free to visit, unless otherwise noted.
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