Tour Hours

Capitol Tours are available during the following times:

Monday through Friday - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Sunday - 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Capitol is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.


Guided Tours

Tours take visitors to key areas of the Capitol and offer information on the building, Texas history, and the legislature.

Capitol Tours are free.

All tours leave from inside the South Foyer outside the tour guides office in the Capitol.

Tours generally depart every 30 to 45 minutes and last for approximately 30 minutes.

Please call in advance to request a foreign language tour.

Photography is permitted. Visitors and building occupants may be walking through the area or you may be asked to move if you are blocking access.

Welcome sign

Group Tours

  • Please call - 512.305.8402 and make a reservation for groups larger than 10 people.

  • Groups with more than 40 people will require multiple tour times.

To schedule tours for a school, youth group, camp or scout group, please visit the field trips page.

Field Trips


*Please call as soon as possible to secure your preferred date and time as tour times fill quickly.*
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Specialty Tours


Special themed tours are offered at various times throughout the year. Please call - 512.305.8402 to inquire about arranging specialty tours for groups with more than 10 people.


Women in Texas History | Poster
Highlights the contributions of trail-blazing women in Texas.

Weekdays at 11:15 a.m.

Heroes of the Texas Revolution | Poster
Showcases the Texas-sized heroes who fought for independence in 1836.

Weekdays at 2:15 p.m.


Seasonal Tours

February - African American Trailblazing Texans Tour | Poster
Explore the many contributions of African Americans to Texas history and culture.
NEW! September - Hispanic Heritage: A Texas-Sized Legacy Tour | Poster
Highlighting stories of historic Tejanos from Texas history.
October - Rest in Peace: Texas Capitol Halloween Tour | Poster
Hear haunting urban myths and ghostly tales of the Capitol.
First three weeks of November - Honoring Texas Veterans Tour | Poster
Focuses on the contributions of Texans during conflicts from the Texas Revolution to Iraq.
First three weeks of December - Holiday Capitol Tour | Poster
Discover the architecture that has inspired the annual Capitol Ornament and holiday traditions of the diverse ethnic cultures in Texas.
Seasonal Tour Times

Weekdays at 10:45 a.m. and 1:45 p.m.

Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Sundays at 1:00 p.m.


Early Texas Artists in the Capitol
Explore influential early Texas artists and their works displayed throughout the Capitol.

Available upon request.


Self-Guided Tours

The Capitol is open for self-touring during the following times:

Monday through Friday - 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday - 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please note that building hours may be extended during the Legislative Session to accommodate related business.

The Capitol is closed on Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.



Visitors in the Capitol Rotunda.

Self-guided brochures of the Capitol and the Capitol Grounds are available on the brochure page, at the Capitol Information and Guide Service inside the Capitol South Foyer and at the Capitol Visitors Center. Brochures are available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Russian, Korean, and Spanish.


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