Virginia’s historic Capitol building, designed by Thomas Jefferson and in operation since 1788, recently underwent an expansion and much needed renovation. It reopened to the public in 2007. Tours of this historic treasure and symbol of democracy are available to the public nearly every day of the year and are free of charge. You may take a guided tour or choose a more adventurous self-guided walk through the Capitol building and adjacent Capitol Square.
If you or your group are interested in a tour, please contact our office and we can help arrange it for you. Tours of the Governor’s mansion, the Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia Historical Society are also available. Tours of the capitol during the General Assembly session can be especially interesting and can include watching legislative debate from the gallery in the House and Senate chambers. Since we are a part-time legislature, we are generally only in Richmond during the constitutionally mandated regular session (typically January through March) and would especially welcome your visit while we are doing the people’s business in Richmond.
Click here to take a virtual tour of the Capitol and grounds.