Explore 4 floors of New York State history. The New York State Capitol has sat at the top of Albany’s State Street hill, serving as the house of New York’s government since the 1880s. Guests can now tour the 19th century architectural building that took 32 years to be built. On weekdays, guests are welcome to hop right onto a tour without a reservation. Tours Monday through Friday will meet at the Capital State Street Lobby Information Desk. Although on Saturdays, reservations are required for tours. They can be made online or on the phone at 518-474-2418. Saturday tours meet at the Plaza Visitor Center and Gift Shop. Both tours are free and about an hour long.
Self-guided tours are also welcome at the New York State Capitol during normal building hours. Guests can use audio files and a tour make available online. to make your way around the building. Start your tour at any of the 19 stops provided for you. Stops on the tour include the Senate Staircase, Senate Chamber, the Legislative Process, Governor’s Reception Room, Hall of Governors, the Flag Room and much more.