A Guide to the History on Display at the NYS Capitol

Arranging a Tour: For information, please call the Plaza Visitor Center at (518) 474-2418.

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. In addition, visitors may download a self-guided audio tour to use while visiting the State Capitol. There are no public tours on Sundays or holidays.

Saturday Tours: Tours of the Capitol are offered on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 11:00am and 1:00pm. Reservations are required, register online now.

Cost: Tours and audio-tours are offered free of charge.

Location: All tours begin at the Plaza Visitor Center & Gift Shop in the North Concourse, Empire State Plaza.

Length: Tours last 45 to 60 minutes.

Accessibility: Please inform us of any special needs when making your reservation.

Group Size: A maximum of 30 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.

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.

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.

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