Sitting atop Albany’s State Street hill, the New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. The building is a marvel of late 19th century architectural grandeur, built by hand of solid masonry over a period of 32 years. Highlights of the 45-minute tours can include the legislative chambers, Hall of Governors, Governor’s Reception Room, Hall of New York, historic staircases, and carvings.
Security: Visitors to the Capitol are required to pass through metal detectors and have bags scanned through an x-ray machine. Personal belongings such as backpacks and large bags should be left behind. Sharp objects, such as pocket knives, nail clippers, weapons, and nuisance devices such as whistles and noisemakers are not allowed into the building.
Access Directions: Capitol access will be open on State Street, Washington Avenue, and the Empire State Plaza concourse. Visitors are required to pass through metal detectors and have bags scanned through an x-ray machine.
- When: Monday through Friday (closed holidays and weekends)
- Times: 10 a.m., noon, & 2 p.m.
- Location: Information Desk in Capitol’s State Street lobby
- Reservations: Space is limited, and reservations are recommended but not required for groups of fewer than 10 people. For groups of 10 or more, contact the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418. Online registration ends one hour before tour time. Walk-ups are permitted.