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New York State Capitol

Closed Now: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Open today: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Amazing NYS Architecture and History for FREE!!

The NYS Capitol has a fascinating architectural history and in addition contains a number of... read more

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Diana P
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The state capital is one of the most beautiful buildings I have visited. Very elegant and antiquish.

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Albany, New York
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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...more
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State St., Albany, NY 12207
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Reviewed yesterday

The NYS Capitol has a fascinating architectural history and in addition contains a number of historical exhibits and artwork from around the state. Take a self-guided tour or better yet, enjoy a FREE Saturday tour like my husband and I did not too long ago....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Diana P
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The state capital is one of the most beautiful buildings I have visited. Very elegant and antiquish.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank prparker2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A stop while exploring Albany well worth going through security! Be sure to check out the stunning interior staircase.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank localhistorytraveler
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you take a guided tour so you can enjoy all the architectural details of this magnificent, historic building. Plus touring this grand dame of a building is FREE! From the Million Dollar Staircase to the original tile floors this capital building is stellar...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank 3Needs
Reviewed 13 February 2019 via mobile

Very nice place to see historic design Just by walking through the building you can see and feel the history of New York State

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank capital c
Reviewed 16 January 2019

I would recommend walking up the four flights of the Million Dollar Staircase, steeped in history with intricate detailing. Check out the free tour. Then, after exploring head down to the other end of the Plaza to the NYS Museum. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank Denise540
Reviewed 16 January 2019

And good place to visit ! Has a lot of history ! Parking is hard to find ! Wonderful building to see , would be alittle boring for small kids !

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank James G
Reviewed 12 January 2019 via mobile

The tour was 1 hour 20 minutes and the guide had answers for most questions. He was patient and methodical.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JosephfromNYC
Reviewed 2 January 2019 via mobile

This is one of the most elaborate buildings I have ever seen. One could easily spend hours exploring the intricately carved details, the historic features, and the artwork. The free tour is well worth the hour spent, as it gives access to the Senate's Chamber,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Nicole E
Reviewed 20 December 2018

Don't miss the tour! this is a lovely building, the person who wrote that it's the only Capitol without a dome is incorrect, there are 11 others!

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Linda M
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June D
2 July 2018|
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Response from Kacee54 | Reviewed this property |
Oh boy I remember them covering this on our tour. Here is the answer on Wikipedia. The central open court is dominated by a shaft intended to support a massive dome. The dome and tower were never completed, as it was found... More
Patti P
30 May 2018|
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Response from NYSCapitolVisit | Property representative |
Hello Patti - The Capitol DOES NOT shut down for two weeks in the summer. The Capitol is open Monday - Friday, 7a to 7p and is closed on weekends and holidays. Free tours are offered Monday - Friday, at 10a, Noon, 2p, and... More
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