View of the New York State Capitol
State Office Building

New York State Capitol

Address

State Street and Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12224
United States

COVID 19 Visitor Access

For the State Capitol and Legislative Office Building

Guest Authorization Procedure/Protocol

Given the upcoming summer and low COVID-19 community levels in Albany, effective Tuesday, July 5, 2022, visitors will no longer be required to show proof of a negative Covid-19 test or vaccination to enter the Capitol and Legislative Office Building. 

This change was made in consultation with the New York State Legislature and the New York State Department of Health. Capitol access will be open on State Street, Washington Avenue, and the Empire State Plaza concourse. Visitors are required to pass through metal detectors and have bags scanned through an x-ray machine.

About

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. For more information on tours, parking, directions & more, go to the Empire State Plaza & Capitol Visitor website. 

 

Visit the Capitol

Visitor Policies & 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.

 

 

Parking

The Capitol is located at the north end of the Empire State Plaza. OGS recommends visitors park in one of the Plaza's visitor parking lots. See all visitor parking options for the Empire State Plaza. 

 

GO TO Visitor Parking Website

 

Food & Services

Name Location Hours
Charlie's Express Stop 1st Floor, Capitol

Monday - Friday

7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dunkin Donuts 1st Floor, Capitol

Monday - Friday

7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.