View of the City of Albany skyline with New York State Capitol.

Tour the New York State Capitol

All tours of the majestic New York State Capitol last up to one hour and are free of charge.
Tour the New York State Capitol

NYS Capitol Tours

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 last up to one hour and 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 noisemakers are not allowed into the building.

Weekday Walk-In Tours

  • When: Monday – Friday (no tours on holidays)
  • Times: 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Capitol State Street Lobby Information Desk
  • Reservations: Not required for fewer than 10 people. For groups of 10 or more, see School and Other Group Tours information below.
  • Self-Guided Tours: Visitors are also welcome to take a Self-Guided Tour during normal building hours.

Capitol Hauntings

Given from September 25 through November 1, the FREE Capitol Hauntings Tours will be offered:

  • Weekdays: 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, September 25 through October 25.
    • These tours start at the information desk located in the Capitol’s State Street Lobby.
  • Monday, October 28, through Friday, November 1: 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. every day. 
  • Saturdays: 1:00 P.M for the month of October.
    • These tours start at the Washington Avenue entrance of the Capitol across from the intersection of Washington Avenue and Hawk Street.
  • No tours will be offered on Columbus Day, Monday, October 14.


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Special Capitol Tour: People of New York

This special tour explores the connections between the New  York State Capitol and the diversity of the people of New York. The tour features stories of individuals representing New York’s diverse population – from the first peoples of the region to immigration and the fight for civil rights. The tour will end at the People of New York exhibition.

All the special Capitol Tours are now full. Please contact the Visitors Center at 518-474-2418 or [email protected] with questions.



Saturday Tours

  • When: Saturdays
  • Times: 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early. The tour will leave on time, no exceptions
  • Location: Washington Avenue Entrance, near the intersection of Washington Avenue and Hawk Street
  • Parking: Street parking is available on Washington Avenue and Hawk Street
  • Reservations: Required – reserve online now


School and Other Group Tours

  • Reservations: Required at least two weeks in advance for groups of 10 or more and up to 45 persons. Reserve online now. If your group is having difficulty scheduling your tour, please call the Visitor Center at 518-474-2418.
  • Group Size: Minimum of 10 and maximum of 45, including chaperones.
  • Location: Capitol State Street Lobby Information Desk
  • Accessibility: Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation.



Additional Information for Schools

  • Chaperones: We require that one chaperone be assigned to every 10 students. Chaperones must stay with their groups at all times.
  • Appointments with Legislators: If a visit is scheduled with a legislator, please try to make the appointment for after your tour.
  • Arrival: Please plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour. If you are going to be late or must cancel a tour, kindly notify the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418 as soon as possible. Due to the large volume of tours, it may not be possible to accommodate groups who arrive more than 10 minutes late.