State Capitol

Government – Architecture

The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.

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To schedule a group of 10 or more for a guided tour of the State Capitol or Executive Mansion, please call Capital Area Visitor Services (CAVS) at least two weeks ahead of your intended visit at 919-807-7950 or 866-724-8687. More information about scheduling tours of the state attractions in downtown Raleigh can be found on the CAVS website.

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  • December 6:
    Tree Lighting Ceremony

    Thursday, 5 pm
    Join the State Capitol and Gov. Roy Cooper for the annual tree-lighting tradition on Thursday, Dec. 6th! The festivities begin on Capitol Square at 5 p.m. with luminaries and holiday music by the Kaiser Middle School Eighth Grade Concert Band. At 5:30 p.m. the Raleigh Concert Band will perform.
    The governor and dignitaries will make their way to the South grounds at 6:15 p.m. to officially begin the ceremony and light the tree, which will be visible the length of Fayetteville Street. The Junior Woman's Club will give away cookies and hot chocolate. Even Santa is scheduled to make an appearance!
    The Capitol's annual holiday open house will begin around 6:30 p.m., following the ceremony. The public is invited inside to see holiday decorations and natural greenery located throughout the building, and the WakeMed Chorus will perform in the magnificent rotunda.
    On Thursday, Dec. 6th and Friday, Dec. 7th (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and on Saturday, Dec. 8th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Capitol will have holiday music in the rotunda!
    The NC Executive Mansion will also be open following the tree lighting ceremony at the Capitol on the 6th from 6 to 8 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 7th and Saturday, Dec. 8th, the Mansion will also be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday, December 9th from 1 to 4 p.m.
    Sponsors of the holiday festivities are the State Capitol Foundation, State Historic Sites Division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, N.C. Department of Administration-Facility Management, N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and the Junior Woman's Club of Raleigh. This year's Tree Sponsor is the City Club of Raleigh.
    These Capitol and Mansion events are FREE, and no reservations are needed or accepted.

  • Stay tuned for more upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

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Contact Us

Street Address:
One East Edenton Street
Raleigh, N.C.

Mailing Address:
4624 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, N.C.27699-4624

Phone: (919) 733-4994
Fax: (919) 715-4030

Hours of Operation

Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and most major state holidays. Please call ahead to confirm hours of operation.


Self-guided Tours:

Guided Tours:
Saturday: 11 a.m., 2 p.m.


Admission is free. Donations are welcomed and appreciated.

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