Sitting majestically 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 25 years.
Visiting the Hall of Governors and Capitol exhibits: Governor Cuomo has reopened the Capitol's historic Hall of Governors to the public. Sweeping renovations have been made, including the addition of portraits, informational signs, and a timeline. Museum-quality exhibits on New York State's history have been installed throughout the building. For more information, visit the Hall of Governor's website at: www.hallofgovernors.ny.gov.
The Man in the Chair: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Special Tour of the New York State Capitol - October 6, 2016 1:00PM & 5:30PM
Join us for a unique tour highlighting FDR's connection to the Capitol. This one hour tour will be offered twice on October 6, 2016 at 1:00PM and 5:30PM. The tour begins at the Plaza Visitor Center and requires registration.
This tour is a part of the Pull up a Chair: Hidden Stories of Albany's Famous Seats program coordinated by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt) and in conjunction with the Albany Institute of History & Art's exhibit The Art of Seating.
Walk-In Tours, Monday - Friday
Walk-in tours of the Capitol for the general public are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. No reservations are required. Tours are also available by reservation only on the second Saturday of each month at 11am and 1pm - register online now for Saturday tours. There are no public tours on Sundays and holidays. In addition, visitors may download a self-guided audio tour to use while visiting the State Capitol. For more information, please call the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418.
Tours of the Capitol are offered on the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required. All Saturday tours will be limited to a maximum of 25 persons. The Plaza Visitor Center/ Gift shop will also be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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