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.
WINNER WONDERLAND
Win Big When You Book on TripAdvisor

New York State Capitol

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: State St., Albany, NY 12207
Phone Number: +1 518-474-2418
Website
Today
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

The New York State Capitol has served as the seat of government for New...

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 508 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 338
    Excellent
  • 113
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
ALWAYS A MUST SEE IF YOUR IN THE ALBANY AREA!!!

First of all the architecture is outstanding and the ocean of history that this building offers to you is truly a historical landmark that will leave a huge impression on you! yes... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
William O
,
Albany, New York
Add Photo Write a Review

508 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More
Showing 472: English reviews
Albany, New York
Level Contributor
88 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all the architecture is outstanding and the ocean of history that this building offers to you is truly a historical landmark that will leave a huge impression on you! yes Albany has been my hometown and birth place and by me leaving a review for you, I am by no means being bias in ANY WAY! I have... More 

Helpful?
Thank William O
Tel Aviv, Israel
Level Contributor
676 reviews
284 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is one of the most impressive Capitol's in the States. It's got beautiful architecture and its looks like a monumental castle. The surrounding area is an urban gem as the Capitol faces the Empire Plaza. This is the most important government building in Albany.

Helpful?
Thank Sharon_zz
NJ
Level Contributor
256 reviews
136 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We participated in free guided tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. The tour lasted about 1 hour. Parts of the building were under renovation, but still a great site to tour and learn about.

Helpful?
Thank OldBridgeTraveler
redditch
Level Contributor
61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So this is where Americans spend their taxes!! Incredible architecture on a fascinating tour of the capitol

Helpful?
Thank simon p
Nashville, TN
Level Contributor
863 reviews
579 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 789 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a fabulously, grand architectural treasure! We highly recommend a visit at New York’s state capitol building. Even if you are not into such attractions, stop for this one. We took the first tour of the day last month and did not have the best tour guide, but we still enjoyed the building immensely. It's grand and gorgeous. Be sure... More 

Helpful?
Thank RetiredTravelerTN
Clifton Park, New York, United States
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The capitol was restored in the past 10 years or so and it is very beautiful inside and out. The hour-long tour is interesting. A must-see for locals and tourists alike.

Helpful?
Thank gomcat
Albany, New York
Level Contributor
34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Building is chock full of antiques and history. So much to see. I had occasion to visit it many times because of my work. Be sure to go with a guide or you may miss about 60% of., what you should see. Franklin Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt etc

Helpful?
Thank rfalteri
Pennsylvania
Level Contributor
25 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Impressive building and architecture. There is a display of local NY artwork in one of the halls (2nd floor). NY Historical treasure. Answer this trivia question if you visit (don't use the internet.) "Which four US presidents were NY governors." There are free tours M-F that are informative. We enjoyed our visit very much.

Helpful?
Thank jt47
Hudson Falls, NY
Level Contributor
38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You'll love the feel of the stone walls and the fabulous staircases as well as being able to over look government at work or not lol From the expansive verandas overlooking the south mall to just checking out the exterior it's worth the trip and of course it should be coupled with a stop at the Albany museum

Helpful?
Thank Patrick C
Brooklyn, New York
Level Contributor
590 reviews
117 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Amazing architecture. worth a road trip just for photo opt. Also dept of education building across the street is stunning

Helpful?
Thank LAFAMILLEG11231

Travelers who viewed New York State Capitol also viewed

 

Been to New York State Capitol? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of New York State Capitol and other visitors
4 questions
Ask a question
California
3 months ago
Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States
over a year ago

See all questions (4)

Questions? Get answers from New York State Capitol staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?