Tulips in front of the NYS Capitol

Tour the New York State Capitol

A National Historic Landmark.

Welcome to the New York State Capitol

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.

NYS Capitol Tour

Please Note: GROUP TOURS are NOT offered at 10a, noon, or 2p. Groups of 10 or more MUST contact the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418.


When: Monday through Friday

Times: 10 a.m., noon, & 2 p.m.

Start 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.


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.