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New York State Capitol

State St., Albany, NY 12207
+1 518-474-2418
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Beautiful restoration

The NY State Capitol is breathtaking from the wonderful wrought iron elevator, to the sandstone... read more

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Heather T
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Took the tour. Informative. Beautiful building. Well worth the time. The guide recommended coming... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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The New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New York since the 1880's. Over 125 years old, the building is a marvel of late 19th-century architectural grandeur. Built by hand of solid masonry, it took 5 architects and 32 years to complete. Over the years meticulous restoration has been done to maintain and protect the Capitol for future generations of New Yorkers.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
State St., Albany, NY 12207
+1 518-474-2418
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The NY State Capitol is breathtaking from the wonderful wrought iron elevator, to the sandstone carved staircases, to the mural in the War Room. Definitely worth a visit. Such a juxtaposition to the modernity of the Empire Plaza and Egg.

Thank Heather T
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Took the tour. Informative. Beautiful building. Well worth the time. The guide recommended coming twice: once during the summer and once while the house and senate are in session to see the activists and protesters.

Thank Meldrum72
Reviewed 4 days ago

We've been to over 30 state capitals and will have to see, this may top the list. Not only was the 75 minute tour guide very detailed and informative, but it helped to really understand the story behind the capital and it's architecture. Knowing it...More

Thank Keith T
Reviewed 5 days ago

The New York State Capitol tour offered free four times each day from the Visitor Services store on the main Concourse of the Empire State Plaza provides the very best historic tour of unsurpassed art, stone carvings and 19th century architectural design in the Western...More

Thank Shakerfiddle
Reviewed 5 days ago

Don't miss this jewel. It is a must see in Albany. An architecture beauty. So much history. I enjoyed seeing the interior and exterior equally. So lovely.

Thank LWMiller
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Take time to take a guided tour of the Capitol. The guide knows all of the secrets of the halls. Don't miss the grand Staircase. Just beautiful. Ask about faces in the carvings.

Thank Donna D
Reviewed 5 days ago

When working downtown (or going to court, or going to jury duty), be sure to stop at the park with vendors. Variety of food and a great place to meet new people!

Thank 396Foodtester
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stumbled upon the capitol building when we stayed in Albany overnight traveling to Canada. The building is noteworthy on the outside, so we wandered in and wound up going on a tour. The guide was a retired history teacher filled with knowledge to share....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful place to visit. The Interior is typically European. The history of Albany Governors is there to see. Got a chance to see the assembly. Wonderful experience. Guides are available

Thank ad_dayz
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was impressed with the splendid exterior and interior architecture of the New York State Capitol,especially the Senate and Assembly Staircases and the Assembly and Senate Chambers.The guide who took us on the free tour of New York's State Capitol was very well versed on...More

Thank margatemensch2016
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13 May 2017|
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
Hi Phil - We always recommend to our visitors the Empire State Plaza Visitor Parking (V-Lot). It is the best way to experience the Empire State Plaza government complex and historic New York State Capitol. Most of the... More
Lyra L
8 April 2017|
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
Guided tour duration varies but usually last ONE HOUR. We always inform visitors that if they have time constraints they can leave the tour at any time. Tour times are M-F at 10AM, 12Noon, 2PM & 3PM. The only time you have... More
yitzchok g
18 August 2016|
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
Strollers are absolutely welcome on our FREE Capitol tours. Any type of pushchair is allowed in the building. The Capitol is also ADA compliant with elevators that allow visitors to freely access the building. Stroller... More