New York State Capitol Tours

New York State Capitol Tours
Completed in 1899 under then-Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, the New York State Capitol building in Albany cost more than $25 million and took a quarter of a century to construct. If you've come to New York to hike the state's many parks and forests, absorb the museums and art culture or catch a game or boutique sale, the state provides an exciting array of activities. To learn more about the history of the state, go straight to the seat of government: the state Capitol. The government's Office of General Services provides free tours; there also are virtual tours available online.

Office of General Services

The New York Office of General Services provides free tours of the Capitol five times a day on weekdays and three times a day on Saturdays. Tours are approximately an hour. Groups should call ahead and have a maximum of 60 people. One chaperone per 10 guests is suggested. All tour visitors are required to pass through metal detectors.

Office of General Services
Room 130, Concourse
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
(518) 474-2418
assembly.state.ny.us/Tour/?sec=guided

Capitol Hauntings

Every year in October, special tours of the Capitol are provided to visitors twice a day. Find out information on the secret demon carved into stone in the Capitol, which two presidents have haunted the special building and whether a night watchman who died in a 1911 fire still patrols the building. The free tour requires reservations.

41st Floor, Corning Tower
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12242
(518) 473-7582
ogs.state.ny.us/visiting/cultural/tours/capitol/HalloweenTour2009.pdf

Virtual Tour

Due to heightened security, major tour operators no longer provide on-site tours of the Capitol. When you're in Albany, the government agency can provide your tour. But you can also tour the Capitol through your computer, as provided by the New York State Senate. On the first floor, view the Central Courtyard and Great Western Staircase or head straight to the top to view the special Senate and Assembly galleries.

New York State Senate
63.118.56.3/sws/aboutsenate/tour_index.html

Article Written By Filonia LeChat

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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