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:

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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

School Tours

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

Special Programs and Changing Exhibits

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