Capitol Tours

Touring the Capitol Since 1962

New York State Capitol Tour Guides in the 1960s

The New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880s. Sitting majestically atop Albany’s State Street, the building is a marvel of late 19th century architectural grandeur, built by hand over a 32-year period. Its beauty and historical significance make the New York State Capitol a popular tourist and educational destination.

To serve the inquisitive nature of visitors, the Office of General Services began conducting tours of the New York State Capitol in 1962.

The New York State Capitol tour offers a look at the rich history of New York State government, including the signing of the state's constitution in 1777 in Kingston (then the capital of New York), and important legislative and gubernatorial moments. The tour also provides an overview of the history and construction of the Capitol. These popular tours are free and open to the public and have consistently won Trip Advisor awards since 2015. 

A group of OGS Capitol Tour Guides, late 1980s.
A group of OGS Capitol tour guides, late 1980s.

Tours in 2020 Go Virtual

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, tours of the Capitol have been postponed. To allow visitors to "visit" from home, the OGS Curatorial and Visitor Services team teamed up with the OGS Media Services Center to produce Virtual Visits, a series that goes in-depth and up close with notable attractions in the Capitol and more. We hope you’ll take a moment to learn about our capital city's beautiful architecture and history.

Virtual Visits

Capitol Hauntings Tours

Capitol Hauntings Tours

One of the most popular tours offered by OGS are the Capitol Hauntings Tours. From the fire of 1911 to a secret demon carved in stone, the Capitol is a popular destination for visitors looking for a spooky and educational activity during the Halloween season. 

OGS has offered the Hauntings tours free of charge each year since 2003. These special tours explore the legends, folklore, and tales of strange sightings inside the historic state Capitol.