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 Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.
Cost: Tours and audio-tours are offered free of charge.
Location: All tours begin at the Information Desk in the State Street Lobby of the Capitol. SCHOOL GROUPS should check in first at the Plaza Visitor Center on the 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 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.
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.
Special Program - NEW! 1861: Banners for Glory - A Civil War Tour of the New York State Capitol: In this special themed program, students will examine New York State's role in the Civil War and examine Civil War imagery in the Capitol's carvings and murals. In addition, students will visit the 1861: Banners for Glory historic battle flag exhibit currently on view. Teachers planning to visit are encouraged to use the 1861: Banners For Glory Educational Resource Materials. For more information, and to schedule a tour, call 518-473-7582, or email: CapitolTours@ogs.ny.gov
Special Program - Every Vote Counts - The Legislative Process: This special program takes fourth through seventh graders on a lively exploration of how legislation is created through group discussion, role-playing and activities. To arrange for this hands-on lesson in how our democracy works, please call the Plaza Visitor Center at (518) 474-2418.