COVID-19 Visitor Access Rules
Access to the New York State Capitol is limited to visitors who are fully vaccinated or visitors who provide proof of a negative Covid test within the past 48 hours. Proof must be shown along with valid identification before entry. There will be limited capacity in the Capitol to align with social distancing best practices.
Street level access to the Capitol is unavailable. Visitors must access the Capitol through the Security Check Point located in the underground Concourse Level. For questions please call the Empire State Plaza Visitor Center & Gift Shop at 518-474-2418.
NYS Capitol Tours
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.
- When: Monday through Friday
- 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.