We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

New York State Capitol

State St., Albany, NY
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 of 34 attractions in Albany
Type: Government Buildings
Activities: City walk sightseeing, Group tours/walking tour
Description: New York's Capitol building took four decades to build, from 1867 to 1899, and is considered a magnificent example of 19th-century architecture.
Write a Review

158 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Sandy, Utah, Usa
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There are regular guided tours offered for free at this remarkable place. The building is huge and the design masterful. The "million dollar" staircase is a work of art. Don't miss this while in Albany.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Willow Grove, Pennsylvania
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Some of the events advertised in July were not held. Got lost in the catacombs under the Capital near the Concourse and found the carpentry shop! Not good signage for getting back to the Plaza.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Winter Garden, Florida
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The architecture in this building is awesome. You could literally wander for hours. Displays along the way. Area women, flags and lovely area paintings.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
38 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Be sure and see the exhibit of all the governor's of NY, it is very very good and it is free - you can walk freely though it and see all the history of the state and the presidents that were from NY

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 via mobile

It is a very big Capitol compared to others that my family has been to. My family got turned around in there. They offer guided tours and our tour guide was excellent. To summarize, it is a very big and elaborate Capitol, but beautiful.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Rockland County, NY
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We took a tour of the NY State Capitol and were absolutely amazed at the beauty and ornate, meticulous details to be found in this historic building. Because the legislature was not in session, we were even able to go to the Assembly floor and mingle among our legislators' desks. I've lived in New York for over 50 years and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Austin, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This building is hands-down the most beautiful capitol building I've ever seen! The state of NY has gone to great lengths to keep it looking as wonderful as it does. You may think that this would be a boring stop on your trip, but you'll be surprised. Not only is it pristine and the architecture stunning, but it also has... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Enjoyed touring the Capitol. Allow at least an hour to have time to climb the many sets of lantern lit limestone stairs, view all the beautifully patterned painted walls, and walk along the halls where our lawmakers have their offices. The Senate section of the Capitol is particularly beautiful, so don't miss the Senate chambers. We walked into the House... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
new york
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

A must stop on any travelers visit. The architecture is amazing.The history of the building is fascinating and the ambiance is wonderful

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Be prepared to be amazed. This NY State Capitol is one of the better ones in the USA. From the moment of entry we were greeted with warm & welcoming folks. Just walking around we were in ah of the great grandeur. Unfortunately my wife & I only did the self guided tour. But to our surprise we encountered no... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed New York State Capitol also viewed


Been to New York State Capitol? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage New York State Capitol, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing