New York State Capitol Building

New York State Capitol Building featuring heritage architecture and a pond
Perched atop Albany’s State Street hill, this ornate building has served as the seat of New York State government since the 19th century.

The New York State Capitol Building is the hub of the state’s government in the capital city of Albany. In 1971, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1979. Admire its stunning architecture and learn more about the what goes on inside its walls.

When the New York State Capitol Building was completed in 1899, it was the most expensive government building of its time. The chateau-like structure is a study in 19th-century grandeur. A decision to switch architects mid-construction led to a unique blend of Italian Renaissance and Romanesque architecture. Note the building’s ornate stone façade and striking red roof.

Explore the grounds of the building and the surrounding Empire State Plaza. The landscaping today may be impeccable, but it wasn’t always so the building was originally built on quicksand, which had to be scooped out and replaced by concrete and clay during construction.

Walk inside the structure and marvel at its equally intricate interiors. Sweeping staircases and arched windows mark the main hall. Peek into the New York State Senate Chambers and admire the red carpets and curving rows of seats. In the Hall of Governors, see portraits of former governors of New York. Throughout the building, find statues, murals, paintings and other artifacts. Read the helpful placards, featuring anecdotes and facts relating to New York’s history.

Learn more interesting history and details about the building on a 1-hour guided tour. Tours take place several times throughout the day, Monday through Friday, with more limited tours on Saturday. Reserve your spot online beforehand. Alternatively, download the audio guide and take a self-guided tour during normal business hours.

The New York State Capitol Building is known for its elaborate and numerous staircases. Wear comfortable shoes so you can not only admire them, but also trek up and down them to fully explore the building.

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