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New York State Office of General Services - The New York State Capitol Tour Program

The New York State
Capitol Tour Program

Welcome 

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 32 years.

All tours of the New York State Capitol are free of charge.

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 noise makers are not allowed into the building.

Weekday Walk-In Tours 

Saturday Tours  

Visitors are invited to combine their Saturday Capitol tour with a tour of the New York State Education Building. Visitors must reserve separately for each tour. See below for dates, times and registrations.

New York State Capitol

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 32 years. (1 hour)

Saturday Capitol Reservations


New York State Education Building Tours

The Education Building of the State of New York was completed in 1912 and was the first major governmental building constructed exclusively for educational purposes. The tour begins with a look at the architectural elements of the building. Inside, it includes stops at The Liberty Bell, the Rotunda, the mural paintings, the Regents Room, and concludes with a viewing of the monumental artwork “The Genius of America” in Chancellor’s Hall. (45 minutes)

New York State Education Tours



Capitol Hauntings – A Special Halloween Tour of the New York State Capitol

This special tour, which explores the legends, folklore, and “ghost stories” connected to the historic state Capitol, begins on Monday, October 2. In tales that mix history with the macabre, tour guides will tell shocking stories about the night watchman who died in the Capitol fire of 1911 and still makes his rounds today and the two United States presidents who visited the Capitol after they died. Find out where the Assembly Chamber’s “lost” murals are located and what happened to the tormented artist who created them. Walking among the gargoyle-like carvings and strange carved faces, visitors will discover the location of the Capitol’s “secret demon” and evidence of a curse the demon may hold on the Capitol will be revealed, along with other dark secrets.

Capitol Hauntings Registration



100 Years of Suffrage in New York State - A Special Suffrage Tour of the Capitol

New York State is where the first Women’s Rights Convention was held in Seneca Falls in 1848 and where women won the right to vote in 1917, three years before the 19th amendment was ratified. This special one-hour tour will explore the connections between the Capitol and the historic fight for suffrage. It will feature an exhibit of artifacts selected to showcase the suffragists’ journey from earliest ambition to success. The tours also coincide with suffrage exhibits and events at the New York State Museum and the Albany Institute of History and Art.

Suffrage Tour Registration


School and Other Group Tours 

Group Reservations


Additional Information for Schools:

Special Exhibits 

Connect with Capitol Tours 

Call: 518-474-2418
Email: plaza.visitor.center@ogs.ny.gov

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