The New York State Capitol is located in the heart of Albany, New York. Surrounded by state offices, this building was built in the late 1800’s.
The Capitol building is still functional today, with many people working there. It has distinct designs: Classical/Romanesque, and Renaissance Classical and Victorian – Romanesque. All of which you can truly see within the structure of the different floors. It took over 32 years to build and over $25M to create.
When I first walked into the Capitol Building, I immediately thought of Harry Potter. Was I in Hogwarts? Where’s my wand? The staircase above reminded me so much of Hogwarts, it just needed to move around to different doors and I would have believed we truly were there.
What you need to know about visiting:
- There are tours everyday during the week at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm
- There are also tours on Saturdays at 11am and 1pm
- During the Fall you can do a Haunted Capitol Tour which will provide you with eerie encounters people have had within the building
- Admissions to tours are 100% free
For more information visit the Capitol Tour Site
I did the Haunted Tour recently and while it was a fun tour, it was the architecture of the building alone that to me was really something special. While it’s called the Haunted Tour, trust me it’s for all ages, nothing pops out at you, it just discusses eerie things that have happened at the building.
If you’re in the Capital Region area, I definitely recommend doing a tour. I can’t wait to do the regular tour that brings you to other rooms such as the Senate/Assembly and the Flag room. While you’re in Albany visiting the Capitol building, don’t forget to go to the New York State Museum which is a short walk away, it’s another must see.