New York State Capitol
New York State Capitol
4.5
Art Galleries • Historic Sites • Government Buildings
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7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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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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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,675 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
I can’t rave enough about this building, the architecture, or our tour guide, John! He was so nice and congenial and knowledgeable. You could tell he wanted us all to be interested and to have a good time!

Some fun facts: the New York State Capitol cost twice what it cost to build the US Capitol. It was so costly and such a king project, when Teddy Roosevelt became governor, he stopped the project dead in its tracks, declaring it “finished.” This was so abrupt that you can see where some of the stone mason work was never completed.

Also, the senate chamber is literally wallpapered in 23 karat gold.

The tour is free and about an hour, and I highly recommend it, as it’s the only way you can see the senate chambers and the governors ceremonial office.

The building itself is open 7AM-7PM. There are three grand, picturesque staircases. Grand masonry work everywhere, with surprises around every corner. Art work on ceilings, a hall of governors with artifacts belonging to them.

I went on a Friday when neither the senate or assembly were in session, which is how I wanted it, because the building was essentially deserted. You could go on a busier day when they are in session if you’d like to see the assembly debate and vote (can’t watch senate right now, as the chamber is smaller and doesn’t allow for social distancing).

Parking at the Empire plaza visitor parking is 10 dollars (free under 90 minutes). Lots of restaurants nearby. I loved this place and loved the tour, and kudos to John!
Written March 11, 2022
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DarylJ552
Carlsbad, CA3,148 contributions
Jul 2022
We had reservations for the 10:00 AM guided tour on a Friday and parked the car at a parking meter nearby. It was difficult to find the tour entrance and finally we were directed across the street to another building. They required covid vaccination cards which was not a problem, however this is the only place that asked for them on our entire 7 week cross country driving vacation. The female tour guide was very good but it was hard to understand her due to the echoes in the huge building. The building was started in 1867 and completed in 1899. There was a lot of marble and sandstone carvings everywhere and huge brass chandeliers. There were lots of stairways with no handrails but the guide let us use the elevators when we asked.
Written August 21, 2022
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wardgarner
Castro Valley, CA586 contributions
May 2022
Take a tour, you will get so much more out of your time at the Capitol. Tours are free of charge, but you do need to make a reservation ahead of time. The Capitol building is beautiful. The intricate workmanship is outstanding. The Assembly staircase was our favorite spot, even more than the Million Dollar Staircase. The architecture of the building is outstanding. Along with the Capitol, go u to the Observation Tower for beautiful views, and take time to visit the Museum.
Written May 24, 2022
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Jim R
Bellingham, WA352 contributions
Sep 2022
I walked in with bike clothes late in the day, missing the last tour. Staff friendly, assisting with getting me and some bike stuff through screening and providing a map and suggested tour route. It's a beautiful building to tour on your own. There are lots of displays describing restoration projects and what is in the building. The senate chambers were locked, but it appeared that a representative was talking to a school group in the lower chamber. An employee/guard noticed me looking in and motioned I could come in. There is also a park and other buildings and displays across the street. This activity is FREE!
Written October 3, 2022
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Jatvla
Hobart, Australia221 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
What a wonderful building. We spent a few hours here, through security screening due to it being a place of work, then greeted by a kind lady who provided a map. We caught a lift to the 4th floor and worked our way down. Beautiful architecture, fascinating exhibits, and the staircases, just wow. The corridor with a painting of each Govenor and a little info about each was fascinating. Lovely library. There are guided tours but we enjoyed pottering around by ourselves.
Written July 22, 2022
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Dave P
Albany, NY22 contributions
Oct 2019
Went on the Ghost Tour of the Capitol around Halloween 2019. The building has hand carved animals and people throughout. The marble floors and great halls are elaborate and covered with depictions of historic events and times. The Ghost stories were an added benefit. Learning about the spirits that are rumored to travel freely around, greatly enhanced the lure of the stately structure.
Written March 6, 2020
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Elena S
2 contributions
Jul 2022
The Capitol Building is impressive. Tours are free and excellent. You will want to stay right up near the tour guide and hope for a smaller group tour. The sound echoes off the stone and can make it very difficult to hear the tour guide.
Written July 20, 2022
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caz and ian
Whitley Bay, UK562 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
On a short visit to Albany we thought this free tour would be interesting. We weren't wrong. Initially we were refused entry as we didn't have out covid certificates with us. We returned and once these and our passports were checked we entered. The place is fantastic inside. So many different styles, so opulant, so unique. On top of that we were allowed inside both Chambers, one while a debate was ongoing. At the tours conclusion you are free to wander around yourself. A good 1 1/4 hours spent with a knowledgable guide.
Written May 19, 2022
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RandS_TX
houston318 contributions
Sep 2022
This was a lovely building. I started on the 3rd floor and made my way down. I really liked the Hall of Governors. I didn't realize 4 US presidents were the governor of NY. There are 2 different staircases with very unique architecture. I missed the guided tour. That would have been very beneficial.
Written September 12, 2022
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Mitchell S
Bethesda, MD530 contributions
Oct 2022
Very dark inside and lot of sandstone. Several different styles of architecture within. Been to many state Capitol buildings and my wife liked this one better than I. Still worth a visit
Written November 2, 2022
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