Office of General Services

The New York State Capitol Tour Program

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 25 years.

Visiting the Hall of Governors and Capitol exhibits: Governor Cuomo has reopened the Capitol's historic Hall of Governors to the public. Sweeping renovations have been made, including the addition of portraits, informational signs, and a timeline. Museum-quality exhibits on New York State's history have been installed throughout the building. For more information, visit the Hall of Governor's website at: www.hallofgovernors.ny.gov.

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Capitol Hauntings

The Man in the Chair: Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Special Tour of the New York State Capitol - October 6, 2016 1:00PM & 5:30PM
Join us for a unique tour highlighting FDR's connection to the Capitol. This one hour tour will be offered twice on October 6, 2016 at 1:00PM and 5:30PM. The tour begins at the Plaza Visitor Center and requires registration.

This tour is a part of the Pull up a Chair: Hidden Stories of Albany's Famous Seats program coordinated by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt) and in conjunction with the Albany Institute of History & Art's exhibit The Art of Seating.

Walk-In Tours, Monday - Friday

Walk-in tours of the Capitol for the general public are offered Monday through Friday at 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. No reservations are required. Tours are also available by reservation only on the second Saturday of each month at 11am and 1pm - register online now for Saturday tours. There are no public tours on Sundays and holidays. In addition, visitors may download a self-guided audio tour to use while visiting the State Capitol. For more information, please call the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418.

Group Tours

  • Online Registration for Groups of 10 or More: All groups of 10 or more (up to 45 persons) must reserve a tour online at least two weeks in advance.
  • Cost: Tours are offered free of charge.
  • Location: All Capitol tours begin at the Plaza Visitor Center/Gift Shop- North Concourse
  • Length: Tours last 45 to 60 minutes.
  • Accessibility: Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation.
  • Group Size: A maximum of 45 participants.
  • Security: Visitors to the Capitol will be required to pass through metal detectors and have any 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 and nail clippers will not be allowed into the building.

School Tours

  • Group Size: Maximum of 45 persons, including chaperones.
  • Chaperones: We suggest that one chaperone be assigned to 10 students. Chaperones should stay with their group 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 5 minutes prior to your scheduled tour. If you are going to be late, or must cancel a tour, kindly notify the Plaza Visitor Center as soon as possible. Due to the large volume of tours during the legislative session, it may not be possible to accommodate groups who arrive more than ten minutes late.
  • Pre-visit Resource Kit for Teachers: Teachers who plan to bring their classes to the Capitol may download the New York State Capitol Tour Program Resource Kit to help prepare their students for the tour or use as an enhancement afterward. All lessons were written in accordance with the New York State learning standards for social studies and the visual arts.

Saturday Tours

Tours of the Capitol are offered on the second Saturday of each month at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Reservations are required. All Saturday tours will be limited to a maximum of 25 persons. The Plaza Visitor Center/ Gift shop will also be open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call the Plaza Visitor Center at 518-474-2418 or email plaza.visitor.center@ogs.ny.gov

  • When: Second Saturday of each month
  • Time: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00.p.m.
  • Location: Plaza Visitor Center/Gift Shop - North Concourse
  • Reservations: Register Online or call 518-474-2418

Special Programs and Changing Exhibits

  • The Hall of New York - Historic Landscapes of Every Region of New York State
    Where: Second Floor, North Corridor
    Learn More: www.hallofnewyork.ny.gov/

  • Restoring a Landmark - Overview of the Restoration of the New York State Capitol
    Where: First Floor, Senate Staircase
    Learn More: Restoring a Landmark Booklet

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