Capitol Campus Tours

Plan the Perfect Visit

A visit to the Washington State Capitol Campus isn’t complete without a guided tour of the Legislative Building. These free, walking tours are offered daily and typically last about 50 minutes. You can also wander Campus and take in the many memorials, gardens, and special events featured on the grounds.

Frequently Asked Questions

When are Capitol Tours offered?

Monday – Friday hourly, from 10 AM to 3 PM*

Saturday & Sunday hourly, from 11 AM to 3 PM*

*Capitol Tours are not offered on Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s Day.

How do I sign up for a tour?

Simply go to the the visitor welcome desk inside of the Legislative Building, and one of their helpful volunteers will get you checked in. No prior appointments are necessary. 

Where do the tours start and end?

Tours begin from the visitor welcome desk inside the front (or north) side of the building. An accessible entrance is also available on the west side of the building. From the accessible entrance, follow the signs for Capitol Tours or ask one of the friendly staff members for directions.

Tours end at the accessible entrance on the west side of the building, next to the Legislative Gift Center.

Lost? Stop by the Experience Olympia & Beyond Visitor Information Center for assistance.

Do I have to take a guided tour?

Not at all, self-guided tours are welcome whenever the Legislative Building is open.

Resources for planning a self-guided tour are available here.

Even if you don’t have time to see the full legislative building, you can walk the campus grounds and visit the many gardens and memorials. Stop by the Experience Olympia & Beyond Visitor Information Center for a free map of campus.

Can I also tour the Governor's Mansion?

Guided tours of the Governor's Mansion are available by appointment only, and typically only on Wednesdays. Click here for additional information on how to sign up!

Can I book group or school tours?

Yes! Contact the Department of Enterprise Services by visiting their website here.

Where is the best place to park?

We recommend parking in the visitor lot right outside the Experience Olympia & Beyond Visitor Information Center. Just follow the Visitor Information signs from the freeway!

Half hour parking is free in the dedicated section of our lot, or you can pay to park for a longer stay. Parking is currently $2 an hour.

Click here for a full list of Washington State Capitol Campus Parking locations.