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.

The New York State Capitol is open Monday-Friday from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.

Highlights of our 45-minute tours can include the legislative chambers, Hall of Governors, Governor’s Reception Room, Hall of New York, historic staircases, and carvings. Tour access and route are subject to change.

You can begin your Capitol visit at the Empire State Plaza Visitor Center, perusing our Gift Shop or getting a bite to eat on the Plaza Concourse.

All tours begin at the Information Desk in the Capitol’s State Street Lobby and are free of charge. Currently, two tours of the Capitol are offered – Weekday Walk-Ins and Weekday Groups. Please, carefully read the information below to plan your visit accordingly.

Weekday Walk-In Tours

Reservations are not required for our weekday walk-in tours. This tour is offered at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 2:00 p.m. Please note, that this tour is reserved for individuals and smaller groups of less than 10. If a group of 10 or more shows up for this tour, we may not be able to accommodate them due to the group's size. If you have a group of 10 or more, please contact the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418 to plan your visit accordingly.   

Weekday Group Tours by Reservations Only

Reservations are required for group tours. If you have a group of 10 or more, reservations must be made by contacting the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418. Space is limited and tour availability is subject to change.

How Do I Cancel My Reservation?

To Cancel or Edit Registration please contact the Empire State Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418.

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 pocketknives, nail clippers, weapons, and nuisance devices such as whistles, and noisemakers are not allowed into the building.